| Laurel, Laura, Sally
help outfit the boat in Five Islands
its mooring in the Little Sheepscot River and found space on the Five
Islands dock. The dock landing required a
bit of fine tuning by our dock crew but light winds eased the tension.
Pat and Sally
the gear in our cabin and we were away from the dock at 11:00.
Five Islands Harbor
Motoring out of
Islands' harbor at 3 knots allowed us to ease into
the Sheepscott River under building light winds.
Sails were raised
as we were away from the harbor. Light 5-10 knot southwest winds
offered a relaxed and easy morning's sail around Southport Island.
Once through Booth
a slow run, a course change into John's Bay allowed an easy reach into
the harbor at Witch Island (South
Bristol, Maine). Sailing onto anchor is our prefered choice in
anchoring but winds out of nowhere at 0 knots dictated that we motor
Grilling at Witch Island
offers two to three days of cold. Fresh meat must be eaten in
the early days of any cruise and grilled steak is a traditional first
The Feast at Witch Island
spotty along the coast. Occaisionally the mast acts as a cell
phone tower and gives the only signal to one sitting on the boom.
Morning Sail through
August 4 came in
cloudy and chilly. 09:00 offered too little wind and the
departure from Witch Island was by motor. Winds in John's Bay
were too light to fight the rising tide under sail and the motor
propelled us until we rounded Pemaquid Point. Once our sail was
raised, one tack established an angle sufficient to allow a close
haul on a light northerly breeze all the way to Maplejuice Cove.
Maplejuice Cove in
Cushing, Maine is a favorite anchorage. The cove is large, round, and
offers a muddy bottom in 10 - 15 feet of water at low tide. We first
sailed Noctiluca onto anchor here several summers ago. The
tradition continued as we dropped anchor just as the boat came
upwind and into irons.
Off to Explore the Olsen
House (Andrew Wyeth Museum)
Olsen family and homestead throughout his career. Maplejuice
Cove's proximity to the Olsen house all but damands a visit. We found
dinghy space among the lobster boats at the fishermen's docks in
The quarter mile
the Olsen house took us through a small animal farm and passed severalo
small houses of local fishermen.
The Olsen house is
National Historic Monument and offers informational
tours explaining Andrew's Wyeth artistic relationship with the
is the house seen in Christina's World.
A reproduction of
Wyeth lace curtain painting hangs alongside the window which inspired
its creation. The Olsen house has been stripped of all of its
original furniture and rooms are now bare except for a solitary chair
The uninsulated workshop housed tools, winter
cordwood, dory storage
and the outhouse.
The kitchen opens
preperation area where pies, and breads were once made. Flours
were stored below the counter in large bins.
Anchor raised and off to
We raised anchor
on August 5 and Noctiluca motored down the St George's River to Hupper
Island before raising sail and sailing through Muscle Ridge
Channel. Navigation in Muscle Ridge Channel is interesting
as the navigational rules change from the typical "red right returning"
mandate. Here one needs to keep green on the right. This
truth was discovered on an earlier cruise when a shallow ledge located
just to the right of a red nun found our keel .
Wing and Wing through
Muscle Ridge Channel
The sail through
the channel was on a beam reach. As the day wore on, winds
shifted and came over our transom allowing a wing and wing run through
the last 2 miles of the channel.
Moored Below the Canning
Harbor presents a noticeable change from the tranquil, solitary times
of earlier anchorages. This mooring, located next to the factory,
introduced Rockland as a noisy, busy place. The annual Lobster
Festival was in session ashore with crowds and noise filling the
scene. Kate and Jeff treated us to a dinner at Cafe Miranda and a
stable bed for the night devoid of anchor checks.
Sunset Over Harbor Island
August 6 called for strong winds and thundershowers arriving within 24
hours. The mooring was dropped at 11:00 in an attempt to make as
much distance toward home as possible. Winds blew directly onto
the bow forcing a day of motoring to Muscongous Bay. In the
afternoon a dense fog made for 50 feet visibility. The GPS chart did
not extend as far as Rockland but paper chart and compass navigation
brought us safely into False Whitehead Harbor to sit out the fog.
The anchor dropping coincided with the lifting of the fog and our run
continued on. We dropped anchor for the last time that day at
17:30 in Harbor Island cove to await the storm.
Hours Anchored in a
Storm at Harbor Island
Rain began hitting
cabin top early in the morning. Sunrise revealed rain, fog, and
building winds. Our plan was to motor through the early winds of
the storm to the protection of Witch Island. Standing in our rain
gear and with the motor running we decided, rather, to avoid any
storm related problems and to ride out the storm at anchor in Harbor
25+ Knot Winds and Hinckley
That Dragged Anchor and Hit Us
Riding out a long
requires knowledge of several skills including how to anchor properly,
and how to pass the time with dominos, cards, and reading. Security was
assured by 100 feet of nylon rode and 35 feet of chain. Our
attempt at remembering how to play rummy was interrupted, though, with
a loud bang. The Hinckley yacht just off our bow did not lay out
enough anchor chain, dragged anchor, and collided with us. Most
of the force of the collision was absorbed by Noctluca's new anchor
platform and little damage was done.
Last Day Sail Back to Five
8, presented with thinning fog and clearing skies. The
anchor was pulled at 08:45 and two hours of motoring brought us to
Pemaquid Point. We raised sail at 10:45 and reached on
moderate northeast winds across Booth Bay and into The Sheepscott
River. The last leg of our cruise saw us motoring through a rain
shower to a Five Islands Yacht Club mooring in Five Islands Harbor.