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East Coast

Aug
2
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 1

Before I do an actual trip dispatch, I thought that it might be of interest to talk about the whole process of moving aboard and about our new boat.  “Dragon’s Wing” is the sixth boat we’ve owned, and the first one on the east coast. We have done extensive sailing on the west coast, beginning […]

Aug
3
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 2

6/29/11, Halifax, NS Nova Scotia has one peculiar characteristic: There are no marinas! All cruisers become temporary members of various yacht clubs, and right now we are members of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax. I hope that all of you have proper posture and are formally dressed as you are reading this. […]

Aug
3
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 3

7/9/11 Owl’s Cove After 11 days in Halifax, awaiting various boat projects to be completed, the new holding tank was installed, and Paul was itching to leave because conditions were good and were forecast to deteriorate (in a bigger way than we expected, but more on that later). We really got to know much of […]

Aug
3
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 4

7/13/11 Beaver Harbour, NS This is the best anchorage yet: bucolic and remote, yet ringed with homes. One man from his house onshore was watching us looking for the perfect place to anchor, and I called to him, to say that the book we have shows that there is general moorage and is it okay […]

Aug
8
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 6

8/2: Sometimes things don’t quite work out as planned. After Baddeck, we’d planned to stop at three or four places that Gerry (St Peter’s Marina wharfinger) had told us that we shouldn’t miss. We went to the closest and most recommended spot the first night, Maskell’s Cove, and it was as beautiful as people said […]

Aug
20
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 7

8/9:  Heckman Island, Mahone Bay As we continue southwest, stopping only as necessary, we’ve still probably two more stops before we can head across the Bay of Fundy, from Lockeport, NS, to Bar Harbor, ME, a distance of about 175 nm, or around 39-44 hours. The anchorage near Heckman Island is pastoral and very pretty, […]

Aug
20
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 8

8/15/11: Bar Harbor, ME We got to Shelburne, NS, around 1530 (3:30 pm), washed practically everything we brought with us, showered, and when the marina manager found out that we were intending to leave at midnight, declined to charge us for moorage. Due to a very noisy party on a big powerboat across the dock […]

Aug
30
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 9

8/20/11 Little Cranberry Island, ME Beautiful country, but it’s hard to see it, between the fog and the lobster pots! We spent the past couple of days in South West Harbor, about 11 nm from Bar Harbor, waiting for our new radar to be delivered to West Marine so we could pick it up and […]

Sep
7
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 10

8/31/11 Isles of Shoals, ME/NH Yesterday DW finally went back into the water around 1330 (1:30 pm),, and after getting everything put away, we were ready to head off about 45 minutes later. The thing about the southern Maine coast is that there are few ports and those there are are up rivers and subject […]

Sep
16
2011

East Coast Sailing: Dispatch 11

  9/15/11 Falmouth, MA It’s interesting that we’ve run into several of the same boats at different ports. Last night we were in Sandwich, waiting for a fair (good) current with which to transit the Cape Cod Canal, an Army Corps of Engineers project that is about eight miles long (longer if all of the […]