From Rockland to Seal Bay it was a wonderful start for a new sailing season.
The Rockland Yacht Club announces a successful start to its 84th sailing season. Held annually by RYC, this season’s annual kickoff cruise was hosted by Steve Pierce.
Three boats left Rockland Saturday morning, June 4th, heading for Seal Bay: Webfoot with Dave and Commodore MJ Shiverick and their guests, Dale and Nancy Harrington; Altair with Rick and Julie Palm and Spirits with Steve Pierce and Alan MacDonald. The weather cooperated for the first cruise of the season, with a fresh, but cool wind for the start. As the group headed east, the wind eased, facilitating a leisurely sail from Rockland into the entrance of The Fox Islands Thoroughfare.
Going the long way—around the south end of Vinalhaven and up East Penobscot Bay—the fourth boat, Black Bear with Gary Cran and Norm Farrar, left from Pulpit Harbor and was the last boat to arrive at Seal Bay. Dutch Dresser, leaving Rockland on Koan late in the afternoon, spent the night at Perry Creek.
Saturday afternoon was beautiful and calm at Seal Bay. A work session ensued, as the crews on each boat worked on various projects and repairs. Rick Palm went to the top of Altair’s mast—a Saga 48—to put a nut on its Windex—they noticed it wobbling while sailing. Later in the afternoon, Rick and Julie Palm hosted cocktails, displaying work that was done on Altair over the winter at Lyman-Morse. As might be expected, the work was expertly done, making an already fantastic boat even better!
Early Sunday morning, Black Bear was the first boat to leave Seal Bay. It was another beautiful day and a little warmer than Saturday. Spirits and Webfoot left about 9AM, while Altair waited until later. With a light wind, Spirits and Webfoot motored from Seal Bay and into the Thoroughfare.
Approaching North Haven from Perry Creek, Koan joined Spirits and Webfoot. In company, the three boats continued out the Thoroughfare toward Rockland. Sometime after the PB buoy, the wind came up and allowed the group to finish the cruise under sail. Altair’s later departure paid dividends for them, as they were able to return from the Thoroughfare to Rockland under sail. All things considered, it was a very nice start to the 84th cruising season.
The Fireworks Cruise, July 2-4 off Stonington is RYC’s next cruise—led by Don and Jody Abbott. This cruise was very popular last year. Check the RYC website for more information.
____Written by RYC Publicity Chairman Paul White, re-printed from Points East Magazine, Summer 2011.