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Posted By Robin & Jim

We arrived in Rockland, Maine about two hours ago after a 28.5 hour crossing from Shelburne, Nova Scotia.  We cleared Customs quickly and spotted a friend's boat in the harbor!  We're anchored near ALGONQUIN - a happy surprise, and have now had our lunch and showers - so we feel a bit more human again.

We had excellent weather for the first half of the crossing - the seas were like glass.

glassy ocean

We saw two whales, but not much else.  We were lucky to have a full moon to light the way, which helped when the wind piped up around 11pm and the waves grew to a tall chop.  We had a lively ride - and noisy with the occasional wave banging against the side of the boat, but it wasn't bad.  The worst part is that ADVENTURES is now coated with a fine salt spray all over.

Another interesting coincidence last night was passing the MAASDAM - the same Holland America ship that we were on with the DeFever Cruisers last year through the Panama Canal.  She was heading to Halifax, and we were on an intercept course.  We talked with her on the radio and she altered course to pass to the south of us.  It was too dark to get a good photo of the ship, but here is our chart plotter view.  Our AIS shows us the ship's name and information.

maasdam

If it looks like we're veering off our blue course line, that's just the effect of the tide flooding into the Bay of Fundy.  We're across the Bay entrance long enough for a full tide cycle (in and out) so we don't try to correct for the drift - it will even out in the end.

As we were approaching Rockland we saw quite a number of magnificent schooners heading out of the harbor under full sail.  It was a wonderful sight to welcome us back home to the U.S.

schooner

We'll enjoy Rockland for another day and catch up on a bit of rest after the long passage, then maybe head up Penobscot Bay to Belfast for a day.  From there we need to get to Gloucester, Massachusetts by Saturday morning to meet a friend who will cruise with us for a week or so.

 
2 Comment(s):
Dad said...
Welcome home. Glad you are back safely! Dad
September 14, 2011 11:57 AM
 
Paula said...
glad you made it back to the US waters safely. Enjoy following your trip.
September 12, 2011 11:47 PM
 
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