Aug 12

RYC Week Cruise 2012

The week cruise got under way right on time Sat. Aug. 4th. The first stop was Belfast. The boats making it to Belfast were Altair, Maura;’s Myst, Koan, Liberty, Sea Monkey, Intuito UNC IV, Spiritrs and Charis (they were there with the Hunter Owner’s Club). There was an art show taking place which folks enjoyed browsing. Most of the crews got together at Three Tides Brew Pub for a drink and conversation.

Sunday was foggy and breezy. It was a very lively sail across to Holbrook Island. Altair left us Sunday, but we were joined by Summer Salt and Snowy Owl. Most folks chose to hike in the Holbrook Sanctuary for the afternoon, but Dave and Linda Souer of Liberty explored Castine, as did Elaine and Dutch Dresser on Koan who stayed over near Castine. Social hour was aboard Spirits. We enjoyed seeing the eagles and ospreys near the anchorage at Indian Bar. A large yawl came into the harbor in the evening and went aground. Don and Jody Abbott from Snowy Owl checked on them and found them alright. The crew of the yawl waited for the tide to come in enough to refloat them and they re-anchored near Ram Island. There were some very gusty winds and heavy showers during the night, but everyone did just fine.

By Monday morning the skies had cleared nicely. We headed out the south channel by Holbrook Island and found very nice wind out on the bay. We had some excellent sailing up to Cape Rosier, but after rounding the cape the wind died off and remained light for the rest of the trip through Eggemoggin Reach. Snowy Owl left us as we turned the corner and they continued down the bay. Persephone joined us at the entrance to Eggemoggin Reach. They had stayed at Pickering Island. The boats sailed wing and wing most of the way through the reach. Sea Monkey and Intuito were able to fly their spinnaker and gennaker respectively. Webfoot joined us at Buckle Harbor There were large schools of 3-4″ fish when we arrived in Buckle Harbor. The gulls and terns were feasting on the fish. Some brave souls such as Melissa and Elizabeth from Intuito and Gerritt from Persephone went for a swim in the cold water. People enjoyed exploring Buckle Island and as has become the custom, our social hour was on the beach and rocks on the tip of the island. The crew of Athena, a boat from Belfast, joined us there. Bob and Stephanie are very accomplished sailors. They decided to come along with us to Little Cranberry Island Tuesday.

Tuesday morning was calm and clear. Jennie from Spirits put up the muffin flag and a big crowd came over with their tea and coffee and enjoyed freshly made muffins. Fresh blueberries for the muffins were supplied by Kay and Tom McKenna of UNC IV. The wind remained light and we did a lot of motoring. The exception was Koan. Dutch was determined to sail. At Little Cranberry Island people did their own thing. Some went to lunch at the dock or ice cream at the snack truck, some went to the museum and some walked around exploring the island. Many did a combination of the above. In the evening a large group went to the restaurant for dinner and another large group went over to Summer Salt for dinner. As for the crew of Spirits, Jennie, Steve, Thomas and Adrian had a delicious spaghetti dinner aboard.

Wednesday was very still and a bit foggy. The fog quickly thickened until it was hard to see more than a boat or two away in the mooring field. There was not much enthusiasm amongst the cruisers to go over to Flanders Bay. Gerritt and Toni Vander Veer suggested going up Somes Sound to Somes Harbor where they promised there was some warm water to swim in. That sounded good and the other cruisers agreed. We had light wind over the stern for the sail up the sound so it was a bit slow, but we didn’t have to go far so that was okay. Webfoot, UNC IV, Athena and Koan headed off on their own, so at Somes Harbor we had Intuito, Spirits, Sea Monkey, L:iberty, Persephone and Summer Salt. Persephone took on an extra crew member for the day – Adrian from Spirits. A number of us did go swimming. I wouldn’t call the water exactly warm, but it was very refreshing and not numbing like much of the ocean in Maine. There is a gas station/convenience store about a half a mile from the anchorage so several cruisers took adbantage of the chance to get a few supplies. All in all it was a very relaxing day.

Thursday can you believe it was foggy again? It cleared fairly early. Persephone and Liberty headed out very early as they were going to try to reach Vinalhaven by the end of the day. The rest of us left a little later and tacked in light wind back out of Somes Sound. We all stopped at Southwest Harbor; Intuito, Summer Salt and Sea Monkey just for lunch, but Spirits stayed there on a Hinckly Boat Yard mooring for the night. We were therefore able to walk around town in the afternoon and go out for dinner in the evening. The other three boats continued on to Laundry Cove at Isle Au Haut.

Friday morning was very foggy and still. Does that sound familiar? We left Southwest Harbor as the fog lifted some and a breeze started up. The fog stayed with us for the day sometimes thinner, sometimes thicker. The wind too was fickle. We were able to sail most of the way, but sometimes it got too light and we would start the engine only to have it pick up again 5-10 minutes later and we would go back to sailing. As we emerged from Merchant Row into East Penobscot Bay, Intuito, Summer Salt and Sea Monkey were just coming out of Laundry Cove. They followed us to Seal Bay, except for Summer Salt whose crew decided to continue on to Rockland. An hour or two after arriving in Seal Bay we were pleasantly surprised to see Randy and Mary Mraz on Emme come into the anchorage. They and their two guests were returning from attending the music festival at Swans Island. It was a rainy and windy night.

Saturday morining, however, it was calm and you guessed it, very foggy. It was a motor all the way back to Rockland except for Intuito’s crew who attempted to sail for part of the way. Intuito, Spirits and Sea Monkey came by the breakwater lighthouse together to complete another successful RYC cruise.

Jul 25

Racing this week ! err umm no go

Rain, thunderstorms, cell phone radar and lack of wind got the best of the Tuesday night racing fleet this past Tuesday.  Half the group decided not to race and headed home early.  A few boats were already out however and wondered where the fleet was..  Well I guess we made the wrong call, because by 5:30 or 6 a little breeze came in and the ‘second line of thunderstorms” did not appear.  Spotted out on the water ready to race this week was a bright yellow Pearson 30 called (aptly) Chiquita… we are sorry we did not have a fleet for them to race with, but we will next week… that’s for sure!  Also Thanks to “This Guy”, Wyanokee, and Seaglass for also coming out.  All was not completely lost last night however as the boats that were out ended up enjoying a wonderful evening of sailing around the harbor and one of the LS-20’s snuck out on a test sail.

Take a look below, recognize anyone?



Jun 23

Side Dish Report # 236678

Well, here we are again!

RYC Tuesday night races are well underway, with a new and ever evolving fleet settling into a groove for the season.  The IT people are still working out live Yachtscoring feeds, as the satellite uplinks are full of kinks and need to be worked out.  We assure you that our best people are on this and we should soon be getting full results posted to the website.  We are missing Etchells results and we are not yet sure what to do with these new dark horses that are slaloming through the fleet.  So in the mean time basic results continue to be updated to the new RYC website here.  But again we hope to do a better job of posting very soon.

Now as many of you know, the RYC Tuesday Night BBQ committee has been hard at work find volunteers to provide the basic tools for BBQ for our post race gathering each week.  So far so good!  Remember to put your money in the can However there are still a few pieces that we can all help with.  Could you consider asking one of your golden crew to bring a side dish, (yes you knew it was coming) so as to pad out the offerings on the green side of the table, (the red side with burgers and dogs etc is fine for the moment).  Yes it is the green, or starboard if you insist, side of the channel that needs work and you could help a lot by bringing something:

A few thoughts for spring early summer salads from the RYC Galley Recipe book (Knoph Doubleday ISBN# 456618)

  • Three bean, (3 can) salad, maybe onion, vinegar, a light oil?
  • Consider corn, Frozen bags surrounding drinks in the on board cooler for the races, thawed perfectly to be mixed with green and red peppers, light oil (10W20) salt and pepper to taste
  • Red leaf lettuce, pulled on the way down to the boat from your neighbors garden, tossed simply with oils and vinegars and what about adding a plastic container of blueberries?
  • lets not forget our foundation…. the Maine Potato, (pomme de terre) the potato deserves a few indented bullets
  • not so great to show up post race with an unopened 5lb bag
  • better to boil off in home kitchen the day before.
  • Germanic… with light gear oil, vinegar from back of cupboard and vidalia onion
  • Americano… Helmans… shelf stable until opened… you know the routine here…

So remember that if Linda Bean, Martha Stuart and Oprah can do it, so can you!  See you all soon….

Jun 11

Icebreaker Cruise June 9-10, 2012

The Icebreaker Cruise got underway exactly a week late. The very nasty weather on the scheduled weekend forced postponement until June 9-10. It was well worth the wait. The weather was absolutely beautiful. Four boats left from Rockland Harbor Saturday morning and a fifth headed out in the afternoon. A sixth boat left from Warren Island and met us at Nrothwest Harbor on Deer Isle. The boats participating were: Spirits with Steve Pierce aboard, Snowy Owl with Jody and Don Abbott and their friend Tom, Sea Monkey with Judy Turner and Alan MacDonald, Karrie with Eleanor and Bruce Krause, Intuito with Melissa Evers and Jim Easton, and Preamble with Julie and Bob White and their dog Otis. The winds were ideal for sailing the entire trip and the v

isibility was excellent so we could really enjoy the scenery as we passed through the many islands north of North Haven. When we arrived at Northwest Harbor in mid-afternoon, Preamble was waiting for us there and Julie, Bob and Otis came over to greet us in their dinghy. The timing was great for the high tide so some of us took the opportunity to go to the head of the harbor and walk the short way to the village of Deer Isle. It is a small, quaint and lovely little town with numerous art galleries. We didn’t take advantage of stopping at the Pilgrim Inn and Tavern (built in 1793) for a refreshing drink, but we did stop at some of the galleries and at the local ice cream shop. Folks returned to the boats for a little relaxing before supper. Melissa and Jim arrived on Intuito right around suppertime. They too had an excellent sail from Rockland. After supper, many of the crews came over to Spirits to enjoy strawberry shortcake and some friendly conversation.
Sunday dawned cool and clear. Boats left as it suited them. Preamble headed back to Rockport, Karrie headed for Buck Harbor, Snowy Owl headed back to Rockland via the Fox Island Thoroughfare and the rest of us took a similar route to the one we had take Saturday. The winds again were ideal for sailing and the sun warmed nicely. It was a great start to a new cruising season. May we be blessed with similar weather on the rest of the cruises.

Jun 04

Icebreaker Cruise

The Icebreaker Cruise was announced as cancelled because of the horrible weather that was forecast.  I am now thinking that maybe I should have said postponed.  This coming weekend, June 9-10 looks much more promising.  I therefore am planning to go to Northwest Harbor this Saturday.  The plans would be the same as previously; we would gather at 10AM near the breakwater lighthouse and head around the north end of North Haven to Northwest Harbor on Deer Isle.  I will monitor channels 16 and 69.

Steve and Jennie (SPIRITS)

May 22

RYC Race meeting tonight!

RYC Race meeting tonight!  5pm at the Clubhouse.
Agenda items:

Tuesday Night Series:
Race Committee?
Race Committee Boat?
Who plans to race?
Outside the breakwater races
2012 racing calendar:

Tuesday Night Races June 12-Sept 11.
Summer series June 12- July 24
Fall series July 31-Sept 11
Solstice Race.  June 23
Rockland Castine Regatta July 7-8
Paper Cup Regatta, July 21-22
Camden Yacht Club Regatta July 14-15
Gulf of Maine Solo-Twin July 28-28 (new race P-Town Mass to Rockland)
RYC-Rockland Community Sailing Keelboat Sponsorship Regatta.  August 16
Penobscot Bay Rendezvous August 16-19
Around Islesboro Race Sept 8
Maine Rocks Race, Sept 15-16

Confirming Race Chairs for each event. Which events need help, and who will sign up to help?

See you there!


May 04

All Souls Regatta Returns

All Souls Regatta Returns


Come watch the laser racers as they compete on Sunday May 20th in Thomaston Harbor in support of the Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers Program. The event and subsequent silent auction and refreshments will take place at Chris Biggart’s Sail Loft at 54 Water Street on the Thomaston waterfront from noon to 3pm.


While the laser races compete nearly year-round, they donate their entry fee for this one competition to Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers Program. From 54 Water Street, or on donated chase boats, courtesy of Jeff’s Marine, you can watch the races.  Meet at 54 Water Street at the bottom of Green Street in either case. Afterwards, come indoors for refreshments and an array of nautical and pleasurable silent auction items. A variety of chowders and soup, as well as bread, coffee and sweets will be available. Auction items include meals at several great eateries, boat hauling services, nautical prints, original oil painting, adult sailing lessons and a handy canvas bag. Come and cheer on the racers, enjoy hearty refreshments and bid on items to support Coastal Family Hospice-a great way to initiate the sailing season!


Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing hospice support to patients and their families who are facing death and dealing with loss. There are no costs for their services and they work closely with medical providers. For more information about Coastal Family Hospice Volunteers contact them at 593-9355.


To learn more about the event call Hilary Carr at 236-7048 or 542-4012