Friday afternoon, we left Wiscasset for a 5 night mini vacation on the Maine Coast.
Motoring down the beautiful Sheepscot River, we passed through the busy swing bridge to Southport Island and headed out past Boothbay Harbor. Our destination that night was Christmas Cove, on the next peninsula. We took a mooring and enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Coveside Restaurant.
In the 1980/90s we based our Norrad Sailing School at Coveside. Ed and his instructors spent many hours sailing daysailers in this area, in all kinds of conditions. I remember one group of students who arrived in thick fog. We spent the day sailing around the inner harbor and it was only when the fog lifted that afternoon that they realized they had spent the day cris-crossing such a tiny area - they thought they had sailed miles!
It was wonderful to see the restaurant flourishing and that so many of the dinner guests were from boats cruising the area. This is definitely a popular hang out, so you do need reservations.
Saturday was calm. We wanted to spend as much time as possible Down East, so we headed offshore, missing Muscongus Bay, although you could spend a couple of days exploring the islands and harbors in this bay.
After passing through Muscle Ridge Channel, we headed up to Camden, where we were lucky enough to find a dock close to the popular Waterfront Restaurant. After a delicious lunch, we walked around the town. Later that afternoon, we headed up to Islesboro, with its beautiful mansions and spectacular yachts. Penobscot Bay is a fabulous place to sail, with plenty of wide open water, yet is relatively protected from ocean swells. The cruising yachtsman has some interesting harbors to visit, both on the mainland and the islands. After passing historic Castine, we entered Eggemoggin Reach and moored for the night at Bucks Harbor.
The coast of Maine is our back yard, so if you are considering a yacht charter to explore this beautiful cruising ground, call us at 800 621 7855, email us, or contact us through the Ed Hamilton & Co site and tell us about your plans.
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