Saturday, August 23, 2008

Northwest Harbor

Once again (ever since the Bunches left...) the morning was bright and sunny with no fog. We already had a good breeze out of the southwest. It was time to explore the island so we dinked in at low tide. Everybody was fascinated with the tidal pools and the life that was teeming in them. Leathem was especially interested and we spent over an hour examining every pool.

We initially headed towards Wreck Island but the wind was on the nose so we veered off and went through Eggemoggin Reach with the wind on a broad reach. We mostly averaged 6 to 7 kts and we sailed for the next five hours! Penobscot Bay is protected from the Atlantic waves and rollers so the water was flat but we had winds anywhere from 10 to 20 kts, great! It was the type of sailing that makes you want to spend every possible day in Maine, clear air, full sun, warm winds, flat water, fabulous scenery and a quiet anchorage at night to admire the sunset over wine and dinner!