We tacked through Shelburne Harbour and landed on the dock around 12:45PM this afternoon. Nate did an amazing job maneuvering the boat to dockside while I prepped and tied up fenders and dock lines. A beautiful approach indeed! This quaint little town is full of charm, community, a place to buy postcards (Abagail - there's one in the mail!) and delicious ice cream that we rewarded ourselves with upon docking like champs. That may be a once-in-a-lifetime docking experience and worth every calorie.
Our plan is to take the favorable North-Northeast winds tonight and sail south towards Cape Sable and Northwest towards Acadia National Park, ME. We'll watch the currents and sail across the Gulf of Maine over the next couple days. No need to clear out of Canada, but checking back into the US is a bit trickier. For any sailors who come across this and plan to sail this route, take this into consideration: We call US Customs in Hamden, ME (207.532.2131) two hours prior to our arrival (we'll likely call once we get cell service in Maine). A Customs agent will drives 2 hours from Bangor (how nice!) and clear our boat. Before that time we must not leave the boat or have guests aboard - we will be under quarantine. We plan to clear customs in Southwest Harbor, ME (Other clearance locations include: Northeast Harbor, Bar Harbor and Rockland, ME). From there, we'll sail up to Blue Hill, ME, our first official US destination. We'll take our next journey in small doses and enjoy the time we have together on the water and get back to the states! Until then here are some pics which include a cameo of us sailing this morning. Thanks to s/v Solitude for taking the time to capture our boat in action!
|Lunenburg brick wall - I love when a town creates art on their buildings|
|Stretching the legs, a walk in a Lunenburg park|
|Cockpit selfie (with my homemade hat)|
|Looking aft after our overnight sail|
|Approach into Shelburne, NS|
Jenn & Nate