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We are not in Maine anymore. A three state day!

A swanky yacht club in Cape Anne. They wanted $75 for a mooring so we dropped the hook instead.

Our longest day yet, from The Saco River to Cape Anne in the Annisquam River 52 Nautical Miles.

 

It it was a great sailing day, although we motor sailed quite a lot of it.   Wind, waves and current were with us the whole day.

 

We have another great anchorage in the river tonight.   Tomorrow morning we will motor through the canal to Gloucester (perfect storm), get some fuel and then possibly do a short run to Marblehead or stay out for the coming gale .

 

 

 

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St George the dragon slayer outside the town hall. Maryanne you need one these!

Yesterday after Church in St. George (Tenants Harbor) we headed down the coast to Pemaquid.   There are the ruins of a fort there that has British, French and American roots.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_Pemaquid_State_Historic_SiteThe write up was very interesting and we may get a chance to visit if the weather stays closed in.    We had no internet when we arrived except for a spotty open wifi signal called “Fitche Cottage”   This morning I got the idea to put the cellphone in a waterproof case and hoist it up the mast….and presto we have a connection.  Thanks Verizon!

Our plans this morning were to weigh anchor at 0600 and head toward Portland, but that will have to wait a bit until the fog lifts.   There are strong SW winds predicted so I am thinking that we may just stay here for the day.   … unless we don’t.

I will let Val tell you about the Church experience.  It was good and interesting too!   Oh, and the man overboard drill too, when we find the pictures…I think they are up the mast on the phone!

Speaking of Val I can tell you one advantage of having the Galley Wench on board is that you don’t look and smell like a pirate!  No chance!

 

 

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Val’s Summary of Week1

I will try to keep this as short and sweet as I possibly can as I give you my overview of my 1st week on Tevah. First of all it is the longest I have ever spent on this thing and so far I am doing ok. Last Thursday and Friday were mostly days of saying goodbye to friends and family as well as to our home and community of over 20 years. It was tough and exhausting. I have a confession to make I haven’t read any of Eric’s blogs so I’m not sure if I am repeating any stories but you’ll be getting my view of things.

The boat club gave us a warm send off on Friday evening and Sharon and Paul arrived at 6 am with coffee and banana bread from the Irvings. When we sailed out of the Harbour it was great to be escorted out by Ross Phinney and David Peer, and waved to from shore by Ruth Anne Phinney, Gerry and Pat Peer and Melissa Cape,it warmed our hearts, thank you. As we headed down the coast to St. Andrews it was weird to know it would be months before we would see them again,yet, in some ways I had the thought it was time to leave since I could see David Peer with his toque and gloves on that it was the right time for us to get out of town. It didn’t take me long to go and dig out my winter clothes that I had put aside when I plan on visiting David and Kait in Saskatchewan in November. We went out for some wings and drinks to the Red Herring with Kelly and Scott and a few of their friends. On Sunday morning we got up and went to church came back and decided to head off. (As you can see I am not as detailed orientated as Eric).

The mornings have been pretty cool, so much so the Captain has had to get up before the Galley Wench has any intention of getting out of bed to make breakfast, he also is good enough to make the first cup of coffee of the day. We are getting into a routine. Thanks Ruth Anne for the warm undershirt, it has been worn several times in this first week, It wasn’t far into the third day I kept thinking, “Are we there yet????” We were just in the US waters and getting ready to check in. I assume I will get a little more settled with a lot less real estate to clean and be in. I am working on my guitar playing and am tackling a Bach piece.  This sailing business depends on a smart captain,CHECK, no watches, CHECK and a happy helpful crew, working on it.

Day 4 we had rain, rain and more rain, so I cleaned the head, organized some things and spotted for Eric as he did a dive to clean off the prop. My job was to make sure he comes back up. CHECK! On Day 5 marked the longest I had ever been on the boat at any one time so now that is old news! We headed off to NorthEast Harbour having to motor the entire way. I started to get some breakfast down below and couldn’t do it, the boat was going up and down and side to side. Needless to say the wench was turning a few colors that demanded to flee above. It was a long hard day. Arrived in a decent time so that we were able to wash some clothes, have a shower and FLUSH a toilet instead of pumping the head like a crazy wench. So the time there was a nice break, we went out to supper and the next day we got supplies, met some wonderful people in Bar Harbour who were beyond helpful. It wasn’t just one person but several, looking out for us and making sure we got to and from our boat.

Friday the day couldn’t be more beautiful and actually call it hot. We sailed for about 4 hours and anchored in the beautiful, quiet anchorage of Perry Creek. This morning, Saturday, I cut Eric’s hair and no he will NOT be cutting mine. It was a bit of a foggy cold day as we sailed over to Tenant’s Harbour. You have to dodge the lobster pots, so in the fog Eric is on one side watching and I am on the other. (see I do, help in the sailing process) I felt like we were playing a reality like video game trying to dodge the buoys of the lobster pots, I imagined if we hit one we would sink and have to start over. It was not to be! As I was trying to pick up a mooring line I was leaning over to lift it up I caught the release handle on my life vest and the damn thing inflated with me bent over holding the mooring line. Eric had to come up and help finish attaching the line to the boat since I felt like the Michelin Man!!! I guess we will have to get a kit to fix that, and to think I don’t wear it most of the time. Oh well, we arrived safe and sound, we will stay here and go to church tomorrow then decide where to go next.

Thank you for following us and making us feel close and connected to you all. We love and miss you. We are listening to the news and know that Florence has made landfall, we pray for those souls who are experiencing horrific situations. The Captain will be safe and alert and the Wench will keep him happy with food and cleanliness. Stay tuned.

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Arrived in Northeast Harbor

We were up and underway by 0600 this morning to make the jump to Northeast Harbor.   Arrived at about 15:30.     Couldn’t eat much because of the confused state of the seas after the blow yesterday.    Went through one patch where the swell was 20’!    Time to ditch some garbage, get fuel, do the laundry, dine on Main Street and take some hot showers.   I’ll post some town pics later tonight.    We have good internet too!

This is Pitite Manan, on the way between Roque Is and Mt Desert
Morning light in North East Harbor
A view of the harbor mouth

We ate at the Colonels Restaurant last night after we did our Laundry and had showers were the floor was not moving.    Thursday we will take the free LLBean bus into Bar Harbor to get some supplies.

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Rain…. at times heavy

We are hunkered down for the day as this low passes through.  2 inches of rain and high winds.  It is calm in behind Roque.  Tomorrow morning looks good to move further south to Mt Desert.

 

I think I may have picked up some seaweed on the prop.   I’ve noticed my speed through the water was down quite a bit as we came in last night.    Tried to see it with the water proof water camera but the wifi would not work through the water.    I’ll try doing a recording and then looking at it afterward.    If that fails or if there is something then I’ll get in the water!

So I ended up strapping the sports cam to a 6 foot dowel and hitting record and then shoving it under the boat.   As you can see the prop was indeed foweled.   This happened the last time I came into Roque as well.

 

So after donning my 7 mil wetsuit and 10 lbs of weight and a 30 second dive the job was done.    It is still raining!

 

 

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End of Day 2

Heading through the falls at 08:45. Thanks to all the folks that came down to see us off. Thanks too to Sharon and Paul who brought us coffee at 0630 just befor we dropped the mooring line in Renforth
Ross Phinney and David Peer came down through falls with us and took some great pics. No that wasn’t a long selfie stick!

 

Arriving in St Andrews on Saturday. Thanks Scott Langelle for the picture.
At the customs dock in Eastport waiting with Q flag for the clearance.
We were in Eastport just in time for the Annual lobster crate challenge. I shot some video and will try to post it.

Well our journay has begun.   Two days in now we are sitting on a mooring in Eastport Maine.    Tomorrow morning we will head up the back side of Campobello and the turn south again down the Grand Manan channel bound for Roque Island.    There are big rains predicted for Tuesday so we will probably just hang there till it passes.

It was a treat to watch the lobster box run.   This involves about a dozen empties lobster crates that are tied together and then end with an inflatable air mattress.   The object is to run over the top of the boxes and then land on the mattress.   Obviously the crates will not support any amount of weight so you must be flight of foot!   We saw a couple of the under 12 kids make it.

 

 

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Go…. in about 10 hours

She is all loaded and we are ready.

We will drop the mooring line at 6:45 tomorrow morning and head toward the Harbour.   Slack at the falls is predicted at 08:44.  We are bound for St Andrews.

 

Today we said our goodbyes to Mum, Andrew and Amy, and a few other friends that dropped by to see us.  RBC gave us a great send off with cake and a toast and a new Burgee to fly proudly as we enter the anchorages that await us.

 

To keep things simple I could say that this is just a sail to St Andrews.   I’ve done that many times…. then the next day we will just go for another sail.   Or we could consider it the reversing of the seasons.   As soon as we feel a bit of chill in the air we will just head a little further south.   We will keep ahead of winter!

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Ready😲Set🤠…..

Good bye to the last of our “Stuff”
Want a Truck?

The last two weeks have been an incredible blur of activity.    I have said several times that I feel like a horse and a forklift.  There have been great times with some family and friends but I’m afraid there were many more people that we just did not get a chance to see.

The house is empty, the garbage cans full.   We are physically and mentally exhausted      .  It has been a real blessing to be at Mums house the last number of days.   It has been a peaceful place of refuge for sure.

The boat club will be toasting us Friday evening after their corn boil and we will head out to the boat for the night.   Early Saturday morning we will leave mooring and head for the slack at the reversing falls, which are predicted for 08:44. Then it is on to St Andrews for the first Leg of the trip.

 

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Sail Plan

Some Stuff headed to Mums house in Westfield
Some stuff headed to the boat
Found a safe at Ctire. It installs with bolts through the one inch thick bulkhead.

Right now it looks like Saturday morning Sept 8 will be our departure.    We will head to St Andrews and plan to clear customs at Eastport Tuesday Morning

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Beginning the new life

Some time in the last year we made the decision to retire on my 60th birthday.  We discussed my dream of sailing south to the Bahamas for the winter.    When it was agreed, the first thing I did was to research and purchase the best possible anchor.   “Will your anchor hold…….”.  Research showed it was the Rocna.   Designed by a Kiwi for use in Antarctica, and made in Canada.   Over the last 6 months there has been lots more research and purchases of the required equipment for our safety and comfort.     You can see much of it if you view this blog and look at the category of repairs and upgrades.    In this last week (Holy Week) I took the final step of commitment by mailing off my request for pension benefits.    This Sunday is the celebration of our new life in Christ.   New life in Christ comes complete with its own anchor as well as an endless supply of everything you will ever need.

 

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