Today we went north.
That probably caused some confusion in some minds. The whole point, of course, is to head south and avoid winter, right? So why north our first day?
Well there’s a story there. We bought Sionna from a fine musician and song-writer named Gordon Bok. Gordon, being a Camden native, had a few favorite spots along the mid-coast of Maine where we live. And in those few favorite spots, he has for many years maintained moorings, so that when he and his wife Carol went sailing, they were generally within striking distance of one of them.
One such spot is called Pulpit Harbor, on North Haven Island. It’s a place I took my old boat Honfleur back before I began singing with Gordon, and Nicki and I have been there several times since. It seemed like a fitting and proper way to begin our cruise in Sionna to bring her back here for our first night, before we bend our course toward the south.
Once there, it seemed proper to open one of the bottles of wine we’d been given as a departure gift (our friends know us so well!) and to sit down with our cruising guides and charts to plan our next move.
Which will be south, I promise you. Today, however, we sailed just 12 miles, mostly east but a little north, in glorious sunshine and a fair (mostly) breeze, and are well positioned for a clear, straight shot down west Penobscot Bay and into Muscungus Bay for tomorrow evening. Weather permitting, we’ll put 30 miles of southing under the keel and appease the masses.