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Essex station Cruise:  From Mac Turner 


I aim to be at Duck Harbor on the east side of Isle au Haut on July 28.  This is a small, tight harbor but I have seen as many as six boats anchored there.  Duck harbor is at the head of some wonderfully scenic hiking trails that are part of the Acadia National Park.  There is a fresh water pond for swimming 45 minutes away via a road walk. While on Isle au Haut we will likely spend a night at the village adjacent to the thorofare at the north end of the island.  Next we will sail to Swan's Island where the Sweet Chariot Music Festival will be held August 3 - 5.  I plan to attend the concerts all three nights.  I urge you to visit their web site to learn about this  delightful event and to buy tickets.  During the day Brunt Coat Harbor offers access to a quarry for swimming, beautiful opportunities for day sailing, and each afternoon schooners will arrive under sail to attend the concerts.  This event caters only to boaters and is truly unique.  While there are no restaurants  on the island local seafood can be bought at the docks. 

   Next we will sail to Brookline where the Wooden Boat Center will be hosting the

The Eggemoggin Reach wooden boat race on August 7.  This event attracts an array of traditional sailing craft. The best spot to watch the finish is in the harbor west of Babson Island.  Riding around the harbor in your dingy offers a chance to see some of the most beautiful boats on the east coast and ashore you can walk through the grounds of the Wooden Boat Center.  On the evening of the race a delightful BBQ feast has been held in the past.  Hopefully restrictions will allow it to return in some form this year, fingers crossed! 

   On August 11 we will rendezvous in N. E. Harbor where we plan to visit Thuya Gardens which is accessed via a beautiful trail from the dingy dock up the mountain over looking the harbor.  Thuya is a true gem!  

   From N. E. Harbor I plan to sail the short hop out to Little Cranberry Island where we can dine at the Gallery restaurant  which sits on the Islesford dock.  A walk through the village that is filled with artist's galleries can be fun.

   While moored on Little Cranberry we might take dinghies  out to Baker Island which is part of the Acadia Park.  This island has unusual granite slabs and an interest history, all explained on informative signage.  

   This will conclude the planned cruise however, we may head back west as a group if this works for others.  There are so many opportunities for interesting stops along the way. 

   Thanks to a "CCA boat tracker" that Mark Lenci assures even I can learn how to use, we will be able to arrange gams and rendezvous throughout the cruise. 

   I am looking forward to the cruise and to getting to know CCA members better. Please let me know if you plan to join us for all or just a part of the cruise.  


  Thank you, Mac Turner

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