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The Sailing Club is returning to Maine. With more coastline than California, Maine is one of the best places in the country to explore by water. This is a seven day trip during which we’ll sail the pristine waters of Penobscot Bay, Eggemoggin Reach, Southwest Harbor, Somes Sound, Frenchman Bay and Bar Harbor.

Rockland Harbor Breakwater Lighthouse

We’ll sail past many of Maine’s more than two hundred rocky islands and outcroppings that are set against a backdrop of surrounding and sometime sheer mountains, seeing picture postcard village after picture postcard village, photo-worthy lighthouse after photo-worthy lighthouse, and possibly the occasional Tall Ship. We’ll spend time trying to tell whether those are dolphins or seals swimming with the boats.

We will also visit the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, offering insights into the facilities that continue the proud Maine heritage of wood boat building as well as samples of their work. Traveling into Somes Sound and then on to Bar Harbor will offer a perspective of Acadia National Park unique from that of a land tour. Of course there will be a number of opportunities to feast on “fresh from the waters” lobster at local restaurants or, perhaps, steamed on board after dropping a pail to a lobster harvester and negotiating a cash price.

The Itinerary

Saturday September 14. 2024 - All crews will need to arrive in Rockland in time to complete any provisioning prior to boarding the boats. After the skippers complete boat checkouts, we’ll load provisions and gear and then proceed to one of the local restaurants for dinner ashore, perhaps overlooking the scenic harbor.

Sunday September 15, 2024 - Following a very early morning departure from Rockland Harbor, we’ll turn north and east, sailing to the northern end of Eggemoggin Reach. As we pass picturesque villages, we’ll turn southward, proceeding under the Deer Isle Bridge – sister bridge to the (in)famous Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Galloping Gertie, that collapsed in 1940 shortly after opening. Then it’s on to the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, completing a 32 nm leg. There we’ll either pick up moorings or anchor and possibly raft up. To the extent daylight permits, crews can dinghy ashore and visit the Wooden Boat School. If rafted, crews will have the opportunity for an appetizer dinner and plenty of socializing.

Great Harbor

Monday September 16, 2024 - Crews can get up early and dinghy ashore for another chance to visit the Wooden Boat School. Later in the morning we’ll proceed 18 nm and plan to take slips or mooring at Dysart Great Harbor Marina in Southwest Harbor, perhaps taking advantage of the short distance to enjoy some open water sailing prior to proceeding to port

Once at Dysart Great Harbor Marina in Southwest Harbor, crews can enjoy the use the marina’s ample facilities, walk into town to visit the numerous shops, and enjoy any of the many restaurants noted for their seafood (particularly lobster) and barbecue
Tuesday September 17, 2024 - We’ll travel the 6 nm to and up Somes Sound in Acadia National Park, proceeding all the way up to Somesville Landing where crews can dinghy ashore. Other possible nearby stops for the night are John M Williams Boat Company and Henry R. Abel & Company Yacht Yard, which may have moorings or slips. Crews have the option to eat aboard, picnic ashore or eat at a nearby restaurant

Frenchman Bay

Wednesday September 18, 2024 - After breakfast and perhaps a morning of further exploration, we’ll sail 16 nm up to Frenchman Bay and plan to take slips or moorings in Bar Harbor. Upon securing the vessel, crews can proceed to use the available facilities and explore, and eat ashore or on board.

Thursday September 19, 2024 - Following an early morning departure from Bar Harbor, it’s 39 nm to Duck Harbor anchorage on Isle au Haut, where the boats can anchor and raft up. To the extent daylight permits, crews can dinghy ashore to explore this less visited part of Acadia National Park before dinner aboard.

Friday September 20, 2024 - Following perhaps an early morning breakfast and dinghy ride ashore to explore a little bit more, we’ll sail 12 nm to moorings at J.O. Brown Company in North Haven. Enjoy beer, ice cream, and perhaps dinner, ashore at Calderwood Hall. You may also be interested in some special baked goods, sold across the street, for the next morning’s breakfast.

Saturday September 21, 2024 - It’s up again early for the 11 nm return to Rockland Harbor. After fueling up, pumping out, and refilling the water tanks, it’s off the boats and on to wherever people intend to go next.

The Boats
We have chartered the following two boats from North Point Yacht Charters. Both offer comfort and ease of sailing and come with dinghy and outboard. Each boat will have a crew of six.

Elan (1989 J40) Defiant (1983 Morgan 43)

Getting There and Away
Rockland is about an eight to nine hour drive from the New Jersey area. The nearest airport is Rockland’s Knox County Regional Airport (RKD), about twenty minutes from town. It is served by Cape Air, with several flights daily from Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS). Portland International Jetport (PWM), with direct flights from Newark, is about a two-hour drive, if you can arrange a carpool or one-way car rental

The cost of this trip is $1,375.00 per person (Skippers and Trip Leader: $708.00,). The price includes charter fees only. Provisioning, all fees for slips, mooring, anchorage, electricity, water, fuel, pump-outs and any other incidentals are additional and will be handled by each boat’s crew. Also not included are any costs associated with traveling to and from Rockland.

The deposit for this trip is $100.00. Please make your check payable to The Sailing Club, Inc. and mail it, along with your completed two-page Reservation/Release Form, to Bob Rainey at the address below. Reservations will be processed beginning April 15, 2024 with a random draw of those received by that date. All reservations received after that date are on a first come, first served basis. The Club’s standard thirty-day cancellation policy applies for this event.

A second payment of $675.00 is due on June 15, 2024. The final payment of $600.00 is due on August 1, 2024

A pre-trip meeting will be held about a month before the trip, at a time and place to be announced. All crewmembers should make every effort to attend in order to meet your crewmates, plan your meals, and make travel plans.

Trip Leader

Assistant Trip Leader
Walt Wronka
69 Adams Drive
Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Bob Rainey
2006 South Branch Drive
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

Please note that sailing conditions are dynamic,
that your safety, and that of your crewmates,
depends on your good physical health and agility.




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