Calm but very chilly night, wish I had worn my thermal socks. Cold, clear morning, dew covered boat. Low tide, rocks exposed all along the shoreline. 6:00 under power. A man on a 50' ketch waves me down, asks about the trip and wishes me well. Tells me he and a friends had sailed off on a little open boats when they were teenagers. Approaching the Castine town dock 6:20. A voice calls out across the water, "Good morning, Steve." I smile, it's nice to be known on the waterfront. I tie up and run to the variety store for a sausage egg biscuits and a couple bottles of iced tea.
Cast off 6:50. Leaving the harbor at Dice Head a light breeze fills in. Raising sail I look after to see the arctic schooner BOWDOIN coming up from behind. Waves from the crew as they motor by, SPARTINA making just a knot in the light air.
Beautiful morning. Not going anywhere fast, just enjoying the breeze. Islesboro straight ahead. 7:35 harbor porpoises, small and dark colored, swim all around the boat.
8:40 making 1.9, more wind at 8:55 and doing 3.5. Less wind at 9:45, making just a knot.
Motorsailing just after 10:00. 10:30 rounding Turtle Head at the north end of Islesboro, wind and sailing again.
Navionics shows submerged rocks nearby. Using the app much more than I had expected, keep it charged with the solar panel.
12:10 afternoon southwesterlies filling in north of Ram Island. 1:15 I look to the south and can see the car ferry heading from Lincolnville on the mainland to the ferry docks at Grindel Point on Islesboro. Making 4.4. 1:25 Seal Island to the north, Flat Island to the south, tack back out onto West Penobscot Bay.
2:30 surprised to see the opening between Grindel Point and Warren Island. I had thought there was one more point to round. Sail up to Grindel Point, another tack tack and slip in between the islands at 2:45.
Excellent sailing south between Islesboro and Seven Hundred Acre Island in the afternoon winds. Busy water with lobster boats and sailboats. Anchor down Cradle Cove at 3:25.