Hope's and Howard's Sailing Adventures

Atlantic Cruising on board Mazu

Penobscot Bay, Maine

We have been so lucky with the weather after the initial fog cleared so Maine has really been looking her best in bright, clear, sunny skies.  We managed to get a good flavor of the Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island by taking the free LL Bean bus from Southwest Harbor across the island to Bar Harbor and from there to Jordan Pond where we enjoyed a relatively easy.. Read More

First impressions of Maine as A sailing destination

From a very foggy approach, mostly in the dark with lobster pots all around and a few fishing boats that suddenly appeared out of nowhere (I.e. they didn’t show up on radar), the ensuing few days have shown us that the challenges of the passage to Maine were worth it. ¬†Rockland was a good place to land in the heart of Maine’s cruising waters and far enough from Boston to.. Read More

Through the Cape Cod Canal

Our passage to Dutch Harbor, Rhode Island was most enjoyable. The sea state was remarkably calm throughout the passage. The wind slowly clocked from the North (which suited us just fine as we headed down to the mouth of the Chesapeake) to the East, which made for some good reaching, and then South. We had our sails up almost all of the 373 nm passage but motor-sailed some of the.. Read More

Maine here we come!

The past month or so has not involved much sailing. Instead, we took advantage of good monthly berthing rates in Anchorage Marina in Baltimore harbor which is close to the Johns Hospital where Howard had cataract surgery for both eyes, two weeks apart. We had a pretty hairy sail to the marina from Worton Creek the day before his first surgery in 35-40 knot winds, especially after the sun-damaged mainsail.. Read More