|1 of 4||Sailing Casco Bay 2005|
After a very wet spring and a Nor'easter I finally got the
boat in the water on June 7th. No more working on the boat, time
for sailing! The weather so far this summer has been fantastic
(hey, we paid our dues!). There wasn't much wind for the first
sail but it sure felt good to be back on the water. Someone I
know who can see the harbor from his office called me to tell me
I was going no where fast. That was fine with me.
|First chase of the season
||A 27 footer
||Fort Scammel on House Is.
||"Mary B." at her mooring
This summer has been mostly day sails so
far. I love looking around for other Tanzer 22's and have
seen a couple. I also like taking pictures of other
||Cruising fast with reefed main
||"Wendameen", Portland's newest windjammer
I had a great sail up to Chandler's Cove one
day with very brisk winds. What a rush! I went out under
reefed main (first time reefed) and working jib. Got up
to 6.8 knots and sailed with the rubrail in the water
most of the time. I can see out the portlights from the
cockpit and sometimes they were underwater too! I was a
little nervous at first but became comfortable knowing
the boat would heel just so much then stop. The girls
have joined me on several sails and are a great crew.
Good daughter-daddy time.
|"Snapdragon" handily passes us (a Erikson 25+)
||The Bagheera ghosting into harbor
||Wreck visible at very low tides
||The "Fish Hawk" showing tourist the sites
||Mary and Ed heading to their mooring
|I do enjoy
seeing some of the tall ships we have in the harbor,
especially the "Bagheera". We also have the
"Wendameen" and the "Francis". A real
treat was seeing the Iwo Jima coming into Portland
harbor. I was just going back to the marina when she came
out of the fog and rounded Spring Point light. There were
three cannon shots from the East End answered by three
shots from the ship. Wicked cool!
|Hey, get out of my way!
||Lined up for shore leave
||Sunset over the city
||Amy's impersonation of Cousin It
|I have also been
busy calibrating my new compass and knotmeter. Last year
I was suspicious about my knotmeter reading too high. It
now agrees well with my GPS when taking into account the
current. My compass still has 20 degrees of error after
playing with the compensation magnets. I think the keel
is really throwing it off. I will play with it some more.