Sail off anchor 6:10, clear morning with a light southeast breeze. 1.6 past Leland Point. 6:40 hook a lobster pot and free it. 6:55 slow drift down Eastern Bay. I find I am using my Navionics on the phone more than expected, keep the solar panel out to charge the phone continuously.
A little more wind at 7:30, 2.6. Sail out to find better wind on Frenchman Bay, 3.2. Light winds at Hancock Point, 1.1, can see a fog bank to the southeast.
Wind returns 8:45, passing green marker "1" on Mt. Desert Narrows with Bean Island to starboard. 9:00 on the north side of the bean-shaped island, making 4.4. A large grey seal surfaces and watches us sail by.
10:20 back out on Frenchman Bay, no wind. Then a little wind and then more, making 4.6 at 11:50. Very choppy all of a sudden. Ahead are the Porcupine Islands, from port to starboard Long Porcupine, Burnt Porcupine, Bald Porcupine and Porcupine Islands.
There's a strong flood tide and the water bunches up around the islands and creates a strong opposing current. I struggle to make headway in the rough water. Lobster pot floats seemingly everywhere don't make tacking into the wind any easier. Finally through the islands at 12:35 but see a fog bank headed our way.
The fog comes with strong winds and it quickly becomes cold and damp. I drop the main and sail east along Long Porcupine Island.
And the island disappears in the fog. I use Navionics and the gps to track the shoreline, it is closer than I like being on the windward side.
At the east end of Long Porcupine Island I can pick out Stave Island, not yet covered in fog, to the northeast. 2:00 approaching Stave Island and slip in between Stave and Little Calf Islands. I can still see fog coming up from the south but it is clear as I sail northwest behind Calf Island.
3:25 tacking between Calf and Preble Islands, the fog holding down south and it is a pleasant sail. Once outside of Preble Island it is choppy but there is good wind.
We round Dram Island and Bean Point, anchor down behind Bean Island 4:30.