|Moments before launch on Day 1 THREE GOATS|
From left to right: Bleat, IAZP, Kathleen Marie
|Happiness is Goat on water (Courtesy of Capn Jon)|
|Me and my Goat. (Courtesy of Capn Jon)|
|Paul driving Kathleen Marie to Thomas|
|Kathleen Marie and a Penobscot 14|
|Bleat's first sail! WOOT WOOT|
|Sea Pearl 21 Velella Velella|
|Loon, a Devlin Egret |
This guy isn't afraid to run her right up onto whatever rocks are in the way. Bulletproof.
Clint Chase gets to put his cool logo on his sail
Kathleen Marie nestled in for lunch
|Clint posing, Ellie shipshaping, and Capn Jon struggling. It's more fun to watch from a distance.|
|Me storming back to the beach under 2 reefs. Full speed ahead. (Courtesy Capn Jon)|
|Hand carry parking area. Lots of coolness.|
|Making that new mast step. It doesn't have to be nice, just functional.|
|Hand carry at dusk|
On Friday it was off to gorgeous Stave Island, far on the eastern side of Frenchman's Bay. I was able to scoot out relatively quickly in some light air. It was beautiful sailing, though interrupted by some calm. I had some moments of absolute golden sailing in flat glass scooting right along. All in all, a little bit of everything. I was the first sailboat to reach Stave, with the rowboats waiting for me (again... those rowboats).
This Pea never gave up and always made it.
Video from Steve B of Clint and I battling it out
Out of Chapelle's American Small Sailing Craft
Nicknamed "stiletto"-- good looking but a pain to use
After a spirited sail out of Stave Island, we ran smack right back into the WALL OF CALM and sat floating in the middle of Frenchman Bay. What to do but rehydrate and while away the hours? And then....
Sam and his CLC Northeaster Dory power-sailing like a champ.
Day 3 and the EPICNESS OF THREE (3) GOATS
The itinerary on the third day was Lamoine to Bean Island, but we did a circumnavigation of Dram Island first off of Sorento since the wind was so so sweet and we were making such great time.
Bean Island lunchtime:
Goats getting cozy
Intrepid reader, I am not going to write much here. I just want you to enjoy what it is like when three Goats get together to terrorize the neighborhood for a bit. All of the below pictures of three Goats are courtesy of Capn Jon. Thank you Capn Jon for turning around and taking notice of this momentous event!
I present to you Goat Island Skiff history:
Clint and myself working west.
Catching up to Paul who slowed up a bit so we could sail together
Terrorizing the Maine coast with smelly Goats! Fast as stink!
Braying loud-mouthed Goats!
Full on Goat fury!
Capn Jon wisely stayed behind and out of the way of angry Goats!
Well that was fun. I don't think I was able to wipe the smile off my face that day.
Into Lamoine the wind slacked off and I doubled back to do some sailing with Two Hearted.
Shortly after this the wind died off and Capn Jon and I decided to go for a swim. Then Capn Jon got the brilliant idea to pull the boats by ourselves, so we self towed. Jasmine came swinging by like the predator she is and figured she might be able to get salvage rights and gave us yet another tow. Skipper Chris has no fear, and this is why I like him. He sail towed us right into the mooring field. Go Chris, Go!
Swimming. Notice Capn Jon in distance also swimming. We are heroes to the people.
On board and ready to rock! Chris rocked us back and Mary fed us.
Then, it was time to pull the boats. Sadness.
Tom Jackon's Noman's Land boat, Far and Away
Interior detail of Far and Away
Kathleen Marie at rest with Acadia National Park
Before we knew it, Small Reach Regatta 2012 was over. A giant lobster dinner followed (and I do mean giant-- clams, mussels, sausages, corn, lobsters and more lobsters, etc) along with appropriate after-SRR campfires, story telling, and reminiscing.
And then I woke up the next day.
Three days of sailing, rowing, wind, sun, sunburned lips, and dehydration. Coffee will fix this. Or so I am told.
Trailer issues and Hamilton Marine in Searsport is CLOSED ON SUNDAYS!
What are they thinking? I needed my HM fix.
Nine (9) people pulled in while we there making repairs looking for Hamilton Marine goodness.
Maine ice cream stands definitely fixed this.
Until next year, Small Reach Regatta! Here's to 2013!