Not only was the location spectacular, but we sailed in company with dozens upon dozens of other small sail and oar boats! Yes Reader, I can feel the perspiration on your brow already, for I am referring to the legendary Small Reach Regatta! WOOT WOOT!
Due to constraints on my end I made it to Lamoine on Thursday morning as opposed to Wednesday night so I missed the meet+greet, but that's OK. I enjoyed three days of sailing and camping and am already looking forward to the next SRR.
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Day One: Lamoine State Park to Bean Island. Winds were light. I was the last boat off the beach and made good time but made a strategic error and stayed out to sea in hopes of better airs. There was some venturi effect around the last point (Hancock Pt) and I was promptly passed by several of my peers as they blasted around the point. Oh well! We got to the backside of Bean Island, beached, and ate lunch!
This is the SRR:
|The beach. Find the Goat!|
|Goat Island Skiff surrounded by awesome.|
|Some Caledonia Yawls on the left and a Pacific Pelican on the right!|
After lunch I meandered around the island and relaxed, and was one of the last sailboats off the island. I didn't feel like rushing, but watched some of the fleet head out.
|Oughtred JII (2)|
|A Superseed which supersedes the Melonseed.|
|Free Parking for Intrepid Reader of the Month if you can tell me where we saw this one before...|
|Clint Chase Boatbuilder and Better Half in Drake with downwind sailing rig up|
|CCBB and Co. Notice patriotism.|
|More Awesome. A Don Kurylko Myst.|
|Fog rolling in over Frenchman Bay|
|Hooray Lunch! Pathfinder, center.|
|Goat Island Skiff heading back. Me. So I get a big picture. (Photo by Steven B)|
|Goat Island Skiff back at Lamoine on the Beach. Acadia in background. YEAH!|
On the way upriver, there was one portion of the fleet ahead of us, a small pack of three, and everyone else behind us.
|Acadia in the clouds with the rest of the fleet behind us.|
The pack of three consisted of a Coquina, a Core Sound 17, and our Goat Island Skiff. The three of us tacked and tacked all on top of each other but keeping company, until the skipper of the Coquina decided to use the traveler on his rig, and he just blasted out of there. I mean, he took off.
|So gorgeous. This is about where she took off once the Skipper started using the traveler. BOOM! Gone.|
|CS17 and Joe|
|Joe is a 4 realz Pirate!|
|Our constant shadow.|
|To my Port.|
|To my Starboard|
|Goat Island Skiff heading downriver. (photo by Steven B)|
|Heading downriver. The boom is a little high the downhaul slipped forward. This was rectified. (Photo by Steven B)|
|Crotch Island Pinky-- A Dutch family borrowed this from The Apprenticeshop and proceeded to sailed the Living Baloney out of it! So awesome!|
|Acadia and the fleet that didn't make it ahead of us now.|
|The Author of this blog|
|Superseed that supersedes the Melonseed with Acadia|
|The Fleet is spreading out|
|Sea Pearl Scout|
|Dragging my fingertips in the water hiking out like a hero.|
|Crotch Island Pinky at sunset|
|Sunset over the harbor.|
Until next time Intrepid Readers!