Sailing to Bar Harbor, ME July 6, 2012

It was going to be a beautiful day for sailing; temperatures ashore were rising and the winds at sea were building in early. Brian successfully docked Rode Trip at Southwest Harbor to pick up Ryan, Jocelyn, and Mr. & Mrs. Haley. Our first crew! Everyone got sunscreened and settled into comfortable seats as we motored out of the harbor into the bay. Mrs. Haley brought home made chocolate chip cookies for the occasion. We were thrilled to have freshly baked goods aboard!

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We set the sails with Ryan’s help and I enjoyed having the extra muscle on board! Ryan took the helm and we set off to explore the coastline sailing from Southwest Harbor to Bar Harbor. Mr. & Mrs. Haley provided great narration of the sights we were seeing.
Bear Island Lighthouse

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Approaching Otter Cliffs

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Brian, back at the helm, sailed us as near the cliffs as possible for a good view. Between the cliffs and the navigation buoy there is a large rock. Ryan took it upon himself to officially name this rock, which he had long ago nicknamed, Whale Rock. And so it was.

Everyone kept their eyes peeled for seals and porpoises; we spotted several of each! We took out the binoculars to admire some of the modest homes tucked along the coastline.

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We entered Bar Harbor after a lovely sail in good company.

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After another successful docking to let off our crew, Brian and I anchored Rode Trip. We had a spectacular view of a waterfront hotel, and a short dinghy paddle to the public docks. This was a deep water anchorage for us, comparative to our others, and took two attempts to set the anchor. Brian let out approximately 100 ft. of chain. We tended our sails and tidied the deck. We had a quick bite to eat and then headed ashore.