Long Island Sound
We stayed at City Island (part
of the Bronx) for two nights to recover from our
trip from Norfolk. We picked
up a mooring that belongs to a couple we met in NC. City Island
is a great place to visit. The island is comprised of one main
road with restaurants and small businesses.
Our next stop was a motor sail
to Port Jefferson where we picked up a mooring. We visited with
June and Mike from Idunno the boat we traveled with throughout
the Exumas. We had a great visit and planned to catch up with
each other for our trip back down to the Bahamas in the fall.
Our next stop was in Old Lyme
on the Connecticut River where we left the boat on a mooring for
10 days while we went home to Vermont for a visit.
Upon our return to boat we
headed for Block Island where we planned to pick up a mooring.
The trip through the race was close to slack so the current was
not an issue. However we did need to watch out for the
We arrived at Block Island the
Tuesday before the Fourth of July weekend (the fourth was on the
following Tuesday), and we got one of the last moorings as many
of the boaters were planning to stay for the entire holiday
weekend. Block Island is a wonderful place. We walked across
the island to the main town for sightseeing and shopping. We
left for Bristol, RI on Friday early in the morning where we
planned to spend the Fourth. Our mooring was not vacant for
more than a minute before it was snatched up by a trolling boat.
We were having a great sail
from Block Island to Narragansett Bay until we hit the FOG
bank. Between Block Island and Port Judith we entered the heavy
fog. We are so glad that we have radar. We could see the other
boats on the radar and when we got close we would blow our
horn. The power boats we could hear their engines and as they
got close we could hear them slow down and then all of a sudden
we could see the boats about 100 yards away. On the radio we
heard one boat calling a securite with his boat location every
few minutes - he did not have radar. Fortunately before we
reached Narragansett Bay the fog lifted and our 18 mile trip to
Bristol was uneventful. In Bristol we stayed at the Bristol
Yacht Club as guests of our friends Rhonda and Janet from the
mighty vessel Promise who we met in the Abacoes and sailed with
back to the states as far as Charleston.
We had a wonderful time in
Bristol. The Bristol Fourth is great and our hosts were
fabulous. Our first night we had a lobster dinner at Janet and
Rhonda’s house. Rhonda lent us her car so that we could do
provisioning and any other errands.
The Bristol parade is touted
as the oldest continuous parade in the country – it certainly is
in the running as the largest also. We had four hours of fire
trucks, politicians, dance groups, marching bands (some from as
far away as Wisconsin), Mummers, horses, etc. The parade also
had the dancing policeman from Newport. I understand that he
was a traffic officer who dances as part of his job of directing
traffic. Very entertaining. The weekend also included a
marching band contest. About eight marching bands from across
the country competed for best band. The routines that the bands
preformed were very elaborate with choreographed marching. Each
band had about 100 members that included the musicians and
The culmination of the holiday
was the fireworks. We all gathered on the boats at the yacht
club where we had front row seats for the fireworks. These were
the best fireworks we have ever seen. The show was well planned
with some types of displays that we have never seen before. The
finale included many different bursts that were all the same
color. Very spectacular. We were very lucky to have Janet and
Rhonda invite us to their club. We understand that many of the
guest boats made their reservation at the yacht club as early as
the previous February.
Our departure from Bristol was
delayed one day to repair a generator wire. That evening John
got to race with Janet and her friend Will on Will’s boat.
Before leaving Narragansett
Sound we stopped in Newport where we anchored to the south of
the harbor. We took the water taxi into town for afternoon.
The next day we motor sailed
to Cuttyhunk where we picked up a mooring in the inner harbor.
The mooring are very close – we must have had 10 feet bow to
stern to the next boat. The island is very remote, and very
picturesque with mostly summer homes and a small grocery store
and a few small retail stores.
Our next stop was Onset harbor
which is on the western side of the C&D canal. Where we entered
the C&D canal at the end of Buzzard’s Bay the wind and current
were opposite and the waves suddenly became steep 6 foot high
and close together. Fortunately that did not last long. Onset
is a nice stop over while you wait for weather. Onset has a
grocery store for provisioning and a pizza restaurant.
We timed our departure from
Onset to travel with the current through the C&D Canal. With
the two knot current we made 7-8 knots through the canal. Our
next stop was Provincetown where we picked up a mooring.
Provincetown is always fun for people watching.
From Provincetown we crossed
directly to the Isle of Shoals on the Maine New Hampshire
border. The crossing was uneventful except several whale
The Isle of Shoals is a group
of small islands mostly uninhabited. We picked up a mooring
that was placed by the Portsmouth Yacht Club. The main island
has a religious retreat where they welcome boaters to their
evening meal. So for $15 dollars we had dinner at the “boaters”
table in the corner of the main dinning room.
The following day we headed
north flirting will fog all the way. Fortunately the fog was
not heavy. We anchored that night at Cliff Island in Casco
Bay. Anchored near us were fellow Vermonter on Summer Slopes
The next day we headed toward
Penobscot Bay again flirting with the fog. As we headed for
Tenets Harbor the fog closed in, and we could not see anything.
We lined up at the center of the harbor entrance using the GPS
and found the bell buoy located at the entrance. As we entered
the harbor the fog lifted, and we could see where we were going
which was great as the harbor was filled with boats and what
seemed like a million lobster pot buoys and every conceivable
color. We had to anchor near the mouth of the harbor in about 30
feet of water not including the 10 foot tide.
The following day we anchored
in Rockland Harbor which we used as our home base for the next
six weeks that we were in Maine.
Side Trips from Rockland (No
matter where we sailed we saw schooners everywhere.)
Pulpit Harbor is a well
protected harbor with a large rock outcropping guarding the
entrance hence the name. We spent two nights here. There is a
grocery store within reasonable walking distance.
SSCA Gam (Seven Seas Cruising
Association meeting) in Isleboro included a pot luck dinner and
speakers on weather and anchoring. Of course the night before
the meeting we had a dinghy raft up sharing food.
We spent three days at
Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island where we had a wonderful
visit with Jack and Ruthie at their camp. The first night we
had lobster at the camp. We went sightseeing on the island
including a ride to the top of Cadillac Mountain. We went to
Reel Pizza for dinner and a movie (the pizza is served in the
movie theater). On the last day of our visit we went to the
park’s famous restaurant for popovers and tea (tea is the
tradition but we had café latte).
While in northeast harbor we
met the couple who purchased our old boat, our 31 foot Island
Packet. What a small world!
Back in Rockland, Nile and
Linda came for a visit. We traveled to Warren Island state park
where we picked up a mooring (free) and explored the island.
We returned the next day so we could go to the Rockland boat
show. We had no fog this weekend much to Nile’s disappointment.
While in Rockland Harbor we
anchor near Sam and Carolyn of Melaka II from whom we purchased
Island Time. It’s truly a small world in boating.
Belfast is a very nice town
with limited groceries, small shops and restaurants.
Labor Day weekend we had a
visit from our granddaughter, daughter and her boyfriend. We
took a sail up to Camden where we picked up a mooring. We took
a water taxi into town. Things were hoping in town as the
schooner fest was happening and many of the local schooners were
in the harbor. We had a great lobster dinner before returning
to the boat. Back in Rockland we had a birthday party for my
granddaughter, Sophie, who was two.
After Labor Day weekend the
boating activity stopped. The anchorages were empty, the docks
are empty. Must be time to head south.