Cruisin Loser

Castine-Camden; Camden-Brooklin; Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

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Yeah, I know I'm on time out, but desperate times call for desperate measures. 

I've had a couple of long planned crew for these events have life interfere, or else they've come to their senses. One just sailed 1500 miles with me, Bermuda and back, and has probably become more circumspect as a result.

There are some Mainers and classic fans here (Kris, Willin'?), I'm entered in these races and am down to 2 sailors with some lovely gals on a 48'. Spirit of Tradition. Come for a day or a couple. 

If you were thinking of going to watch the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, jump aboard and join the race instead. Or just join us for a drink.

I hope you have all been well and been doing lots of sailing. 

Cheers,

CL

 

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Sounds like 03AUG will be a fun day. 

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Selma and I might be able to join you for some.  We will be cruising Pen Bay for the next few weeks.  

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Found crew. Thanks!!!!!

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SONNY, an 85 year old  Sparkman and Stevens race horse.

This is the week many wooden boats begin to converge in my harbor. A string of classic boat races in New England begins a week from today on Penobscot
Bay.

The old race horses are pampered this week; a little varnish, winch grease, sails checked, extra oats. It all looks peaceful and quiet, this week.  

 

But if I were a horse (I'm glad I'm not), I wouldn't want to be a race horse. 

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I've seen the carnage come limping back in. Shattered spruce spars, even stems ripped out of these old boats from the rig tension as the crews dig the spurs in for that coveted cup. At least they get fixed, race horses get a bullet. 

Enjoy this week, SONNY. 

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9 minutes ago, chester said:

goddammit Kris....you live among boat porn!

These photos seriously had me examining the route between my house and Penobscot Bay and how much vacation I would need to pull off a summer sailing trip to Maine.

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1 minute ago, Ajax said:

These photos seriously had me examining the route between my house and Penobscot Bay and how much vacation I would need to pull off a summer sailing trip to Maine.

a lot less than me!  lets see: boat on trailer to Thunder bay, down Lake Superior and onto Lakes Huron, Erie and Ontario, somewhere in there down a canal ....I better retire!

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I won't be racing with the classics, but I will be race committed for Camden Cup this weekend.  This is our committee boat...

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Wow...that's impressive. How old is it?

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Goddammit...can't believe I'm missing this again.  Have fun, Capt DW and don't forget about that halyard tension thing.

 

 

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Dang, just back from 10 days gunkholing in Penobscot Bay on Drift!  Let me know if someone drops out of your crew. I could be enticed. It'd be nice to see how real racers race.

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1 hour ago, TimFordi550#87 said:

Goddammit...can't believe I'm missing this again.  Have fun, Capt DW and don't forget about that halyard tension thing.

 

 

Same here. I need to join you in retirement. This running a business shit is getting it the way of quality sailing. 

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I'll be out on MIT's boat, Mashnee. She's a 1902 Buzzards Bay 30, designed by Herreshoff. Gorgeous.

 

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3 hours ago, sshow bob said:

Great day out there today.

+1. The wind was way better than I expected.

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CL, I am jealous! Good luck!

Several years ago Mrs. B.C. and I went on a windjammer cruise out of Camden, and were lucky enough to sail through the fleet during the regatta. It was beautiful and provided material for a couple of paintings. Forgive me if these are repeats.

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I’m sitting out the Camden racing while cruising with my wife and 10 month old. They hop off Wednesday and I’m jumping on the scratch boat for the series with a friend driving my boat around as extra accommodation.  Should be a very fun week. 

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Anchored in a beautiful spot on the ‘reach’, alone. We’re sort of shadowing the classic boat races. Said hello to CL in Castine as they went by our mooring but i don’t think he realized, I’m from ‘here’. Shadowed the racers for several miles and took some photos. Sailing very slowly with just mizzen and jib - usually with the awning up - the weather has been delightful.

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it’s all connected

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Wow, thanks for the great pic! What boat were you on? I wish you had said hello. 

We were pretty busy, as we just had three sailing the boat on Friday. My wife likes watching a little, but mainly stays out of the sun on bright days.

Skosh and Tucky just left. Skosh was a great find, wonderful sailor and terrific guy, Tucky did this series with us last year and we're lucky to have him. Lots of grins and laughter the last few days. 

We're cruising as a couple for a few days then headed to the Bras D'Or with BMiller and his bride.

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Anyone hear of posted results on the ERR? That was a great event to take in. Cat boats ruled at times. SILENT MAIDEN was rafted to BLACK WATCH and TICONDEROGA on a single mooring, 20 yards to leeward of us, anchored on a short scope CQR. We were a low key imposter mistaken for wood,...from a distance. 

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Anchored off WB school, the fleet descended on us like a flock of birds friday afternoon.  FOFER and friends in a big raft were 20 yards to windward, all on (friend) Hunts anchor. If a squall had come through, it would have been carnage all around. But what the hell, they're only boats. 

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I managed to find some good light by heading out in front of the race. Sailing half jib and mizzen at about 3 knots, I realized I was about to be run down. There are times when a big diesel is handy. But I got a few shots! 

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Umm, you must have been almost next to us. Brilliant was rafted to Little Vigilant, which belongs to a friend, so we spent some time aboard. In Castine we were rafted to Palawan, which is also owned by a friend.

We were 3rd in class, beaten by the Botin 55 Outlier and one of the Taylor 49's. I think we were the only all-amateur boat in our class,  perhaps the only true cruising boat. Next closest in that category would have been Vortex, the superb Swede 55 owned by the owner of BBY, which we beat boat for boat, but is stripped out compared to Restive. 

Please come visit next time you see us. I'm kind of a dick but people usually love the wife.

i was having a beverage so may not recall perfectly, but I think Mah Jong, Palawan and The Hawk won their classes. 

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Silent Maid’s battle flag!

A great local boat that wasn’t around so I was able to win the antique wooden boat show this year. 

I wonder if she had the tall rig that was built for her this year. Pretty tall rig for a 33’ catboat compared to her old rig. 

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She was sailing with about 10 on the rail. Super cool boat, pretty sure she won her class, too.

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She has what it takes to win anything thrown at her. I’m proud of her owner and his efforts to keep wooden boats thriving on our Barnegat Bay.

Me, I’m just a big fan with a wooden boat

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7 hours ago, Sail4beer said:

She has what it takes to win anything thrown at her. I’m proud of her owner and his efforts to keep wooden boats thriving on our Barnegat Bay.

Me, I’m just a big fan with a wooden boat

SILENT MAIDEN was leading the fleet by several hundred yards on the first long tack to windward, out of the Reach into Jericho Bay. With her rail solid with bodies, she was fast, she was weatherly as hell, and she is an old design. Quite a sight. 

 

KATHLEEN sailing amongst the anchored boats. One thing to do it in a sloop, another in a Cat with a 30' boom. 

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7 hours ago, Cruisin Loser said:

Umm, you must have been almost next to us. Brilliant was rafted to Little Vigilant, which belongs to a friend, so we spent some time aboard. In Castine we were rafted to Palawan, which is also owned by a friend.

We were 3rd in class, beaten by the Botin 55 Outlier and one of the Taylor 49's. I think we were the only all-amateur boat in our class,  perhaps the only true cruising boat. Next closest in that category would have been Vortex, the superb Swede 55 owned by the owner of BBY, which we beat boat for boat, but is stripped out compared to Restive. 

Please come visit next time you see us. I'm kind of a dick but people usually love the wife.

i was having a beverage so may not recall perfectly, but I think Mah Jong, Palawan and The Hawk won their classes. 

I saw RETIVE the next morning. You were close to friends on SNOWSTAR I think. We met briefly on the water as you motored by in Castine (we were on a mooring, under a green awning),  but you didn't connect me. RESTIVE is a beauty but there was no time to grab the camera. 

 

I had hoped to get some shots of RESTIVE in the Castine/Camden race. I ended up shadowing the fleet for several miles just to leeward and you sailed the other side. We peeled off into the Reach. 

 

I know Scott on PALAWAN, and more-so Judy Bonzi, who is a long time friend/neighbor in town. Seems half of Rockport was there as Rockport Marine hosts the event. A logistical nightmare just to feed that horde. I was impressed with the order of things on shore. It was impressive watching the up anchor morning drill. 

 

The ERR was a great time for us. We're low key out on the water and don't like to barge in out here. A sailboat is not a great 'shoot boat' for racing. But it's a great place for a lens for the off time activities. 

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20 hours ago, Cruisin Loser said:

Wow, thanks for the great pic! What boat were you on? I wish you had said hello. 

We were pretty busy, as we just had three sailing the boat on Friday. My wife likes watching a little, but mainly stays out of the sun on bright days.

Skosh and Tucky just left. Skosh was a great find, wonderful sailor and terrific guy, Tucky did this series with us last year and we're lucky to have him. Lots of grins and laughter the last few days. 

We're cruising as a couple for a few days then headed to the Bras D'Or with BMiller and his bride.

We met at dinner, I spent the week sailing with Mermaid. I haven't been called handsome by another man in at least two weeks :P

 Nice to put a face to the profile after us both kicking around here for a decade. Sometimes when you blurt out "Hey I know you from sailing anarchy!!" in certain sailing circles it can sound sort of like "hey, I remember you from the insane asylum." 

18 hours ago, Kris Cringle said:

Anyone hear of posted results on the ERR? That was a great event to take in. Cat boats ruled at times. SILENT MAIDEN was rafted to BLACK WATCH and TICONDEROGA on a single mooring, 20 yards to leeward of us, anchored on a short scope CQR.

Results will go up by September. Sometimes takes a week. That's part of the charm!!!

BW, Big Ti, and Silent Maid were on a big a$$ mooring. No drama there. 

Kris, any photos of the Blue Ketch moored next to Santana Friday night?

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6 hours ago, Kris Cringle said:

SILENT MAIDEN was leading the fleet by several hundred yards on the first long tack to windward, out of the Reach into Jericho Bay. With her rail solid with bodies, she was fast, she was weatherly as hell, and she is an old design. Quite a sight. 

 

KATHLEEN sailing amongst the anchored boats. One thing to do it in a sloop, another in a Cat with a 30' boom. 

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By Jimeny, I'm in lurve.  What a boat.

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Well that was sure awesome.

My first time sailing with the boat, and it was such a pleasure to get to do so with CL and Tucky.  First two days of racing we did it 3-handed, then another friend came along for the ERR so we did that with 4 people, which was extremely helpful and made that a lot less sketchy.

First night on the boat was at the Castine Yacht Club.  Our dock mates were Palawan 1(1952 S&S Yawl), Polly (1945 56' Henry Nevins) and Mah Jong (1957 S&S Yawl).  To say that it was an intimidating dock was a bit of an understatement.

Castine-Camden race was pretty fun, with a close reaching start in 5-6 knots of breeze.  Made it to the first turning mark and were able to set the masthead chute.  That was exciting, and we carrried it in a freshening breeze down towards Mouse island.  Unfortunately at the island there was a big transition zone between the wind we started out in, and the sea breeze, so race committee rightfully shortened the course and we didn't race all the way to Camden.  

Camden-Brooklin was another classic.  We had a pretty good start and made our way around the first island before we set the chute and headed for the Oak Island Passage, which is where things got really interesting.  As we got closer to the passage, we saw the fleet in front of us start to compress, and realized that there was a massive windless spot right in the passage.  But for some reason it didn't affect us until we were past everybody else, so we had the experience of gliding past 30 boats that were stopped dead in the water using our big chute.  Then of course we lost the breeze too and it turned into a bobfest waiting for the breeze to fill in.  Except that there were still other boats coming through the passage, including some big schooners, which made for a couple of interesting moments.  

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Finally the breeze filled in and everyone took off for Deer Isle and the Thorofare.  Once we got into the Thorofare it was another spinnaker set, and then a mad dash past Stonington with everyone flying chutes and packed into a tight channel.  Things got spicy when first Juno, and then Brilliant rolled us to windward, and then we began fighting off Mah Jong and the other boats around us.  Honestly don't remember too much more about that race, except I was trimming the kite for about 2 hours, before we finally doused it and finished off of Brooklin.

On Saturday the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta started in 10-12 knots that just kept building.  We were the last start and got to Egg Rock (first major mark of the course) near the back of the pack on a close reach.  Most of the fleet had gone far left into Swans Island, but as we rounded Egg Rock, we felt a massive lift and were able to point right at Halibut Rock.  We worked our way upwind to it, threw in a couple of more tacks but managed to pass probably 50-60 boats on that leg.

Set the chute and we were off on a sleigh ride.  It was fast, furious, fun racing on the edge of control with masthead chute on a 65' carbon mast.  Rounded up a couple of times, but nothing too bad, and we headed back to Brooklin.  Ended up dousing the chute for the final close reach to the finish, and we ended up crossing the line around 2:20.  

We ended up placing 3rd in our class.  Only two boats in front of us are professional programs, so it felt pretty good to do so well.  

It was an awesome few days of sailing, highly recommend being up there for anyone who likes seeing beautiful boats sailing in Maine.

 

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6 hours ago, jackolantern said:

We met at dinner, I spent the week sailing with Mermaid. I haven't been called handsome by another man in at least two weeks :P

 Nice to put a face to the profile after us both kicking around here for a decade. Sometimes when you blurt out "Hey I know you from sailing anarchy!!" in certain sailing circles it can sound sort of like "hey, I remember you from the insane asylum." 

Results will go up by September. Sometimes takes a week. That's part of the charm!!!

BW, Big Ti, and Silent Maid were on a big a$$ mooring. No drama there. 

Kris, any photos of the Blue Ketch moored next to Santana Friday night?

I love Mermaid, beautiful boat with a great owner. We first met at the 2014 Lobster run, which I did double handed and in which Mermaid, sadly, broke her mast. You had one of the nicest friendliest crews, and if I called you handsome, don't worry. All my sailing (except Bermuda) is with my wife.

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Cruisin Loser said:

I love Mermaid, beautiful boat with a great owner. We first met at the 2014 Lobster run, which I did double handed and in which Mermaid, sadly, broke her mast. You had one of the nicest friendliest crews, and if I called you handsome, don't worry. All my sailing (except Bermuda) is with my wife.

  

 

Just teasing, I laughed out loud at that and found it memorable. It's one of the few things that made it through the drunken haze of the rest of the evening.

Seriously! Everyone should do this regatta!

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On 8/5/2019 at 12:04 PM, jackolantern said:

 

Kris, any photos of the Blue Ketch moored next to Santana Friday night?

I'm assuming you don't mean Little Vigilant, the motorsailer in the raft up. 

 

In which case, I took a couple of a beautiful ketch with a blue green hull. I really liked this boat! 

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Looks like a Cheoy Lee builders cove stripe. And looks a lot like a Concordia in design. 

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All I can make out of the stern is MAID on the starboard side. Very graceful on the water. 

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Awesome narrative and pics, guys! I've sailed the ERR perhaps 8 times and each time I start I think "OK, this time I know what I'm doing!" And each time I finish deep in the middle of my class. Of course, the last classes always have good air at the start while we early classes flounder in the Reach waiting for the wind to fill. Looks like you had great, sunny weather all the way through. Good onya. Fog is about a 50/50 proposition there.

I always try to arrive early on Friday to anchor just off the float and then watch the Camden/ Brooklin race fly in. I've had many absolutely wonderful early Saturday mornings rowing around the anchorage before most crew are awake looking at boats and talking to the early/ nervous risers...

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It's a good thing we live in the digital age, there would be soooooo many missed beautiful boat shots if we still had to pay for foto processing and printing.... feel free to post more pics from the race or the anchorage!!!!

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The anchorage was something. The lens angle doesn't do justice to how tight the boats were. 

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I wasn't worried about raft just to the lee of me moving,...I was worried about my boat (with 'stock' liability ins.) dragging into it. But the wind let up as it nearly always does on the coast of Maine. 

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The night before my very first ERR a huge front past through very quickly just after total dark, bringing lightening,  thunder, squalls and shifting gusts that got a lot of rodes tied up. While there was some shouting, there was very little anger in the air. As we swang too and fro we kept taking in scope to avoid bumping against various moored boats until there was no scope left. Just about the time I thought I was going to have to motor away and anchor out by Babson Is, a guy named Hans on a boat named Abigail told me to raft up on him, he was on a heavy mooring. 

That pretty much made my night and reflected the nature of the people and the race. It really is something special.

 

ETA, I had to dig to find this very cool Vimeo from that race. It shows the storm going through that night but the coolest part is we're the very first boat motoring by at the beginning.

And since I've got the spotlight for a minute, here's another brief Vimeo from, I believe 2013 or 14...

 

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2 hours ago, Willin' said:

The night before my very first ERR a huge front past through very quickly just after total dark, bringing lightening,  thunder, squalls and shifting gusts that got a lot of rodes tied up. While there was some shouting, there was very little anger in the air. As we swang too and fro we kept taking in scope to avoid bumping against various moored boats until there was no scope left. Just about the time I thought I was going to have to motor away and anchor out by Babson Is, a guy named Hans on a boat named Abigail told me to raft up on him, he was on a heavy mooring. 

That pretty much made my night and reflected the nature of the people and the race. It really is something special.

 

ETA, I had to dig to find this very cool Vimeo from that race. It shows the storm going through that night but the coolest part is we're the very first boat motoring by at the beginning.

And since I've got the spotlight for a minute, here's another brief Vimeo from, I believe 2013 or 14...

 

I’ve raced in most ERRs since 2003.  I remember the night you are describing quite well!  

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It is a great group. We were surprised during the Castine race, when the committee called on the vhf for a boat to “..... put  that dinghy in the water”

The committee made that call three we think.

I assumed many boats were getting extra time for a dinghy in tow. My guess is there’s was being pulled up the stern to help in the light air. I know the boat as it’s local. 

 

Was somebody pushing the rules? Seemed like a chill group

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On 8/5/2019 at 12:04 PM, jackolantern said:

 

Results will go up by September. Sometimes takes a week. That's part of the charm!!!

 

Results are posted

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1 hour ago, Kris Cringle said:

It is a great group. We were surprised during the Castine race, when the committee called on the vhf for a boat to “..... put  that dinghy in the water”

The committee made that call three we think.

I assumed many boats were getting extra time for a dinghy in tow. My guess is there’s was being pulled up the stern to help in the light air. I know the boat as it’s local. 

 

Was somebody pushing the rules? Seemed like a chill group

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I believe the rules for the Castine-Camden and Camden-Brooklin are that you must tow a dink during the race. Not so with the Eggemoggin Reach, so I would usually leave my bow anchor in the anchorage with the rode in my tender, thereby reserving my hard won close in spot!;)

 

 

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This was my 3rd ERR on Restive, and I just can't see ever missing this event. It's way more chill than the Newport races. We have a policy, if someone comes by and admires the boat, they're invited aboard. Many of the other boats seem the same. Of course Beth gets invited on all of them.

Had dinner in Frenchboro tonight with my friend who built Restive. She really is a special boat.

Such beautiful cruising grounds. We were hiking on Holbrook yesterday, Frenchboro today. 

Again, if any of you see us around, don't just wave. Introduce yourself and come aboard. 

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I'm afraid my bower would sink my drink with my all chain rode, so I leave the dink tied to a friends motor boat, the big yellow Lyman-Morse that was in the anchorage as tender to a Center Harbor 31. That weight in the bow is probably why I missed 2nd by 39 seconds. 

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