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The 2021 PYC Cruise travelled Down East this year. 

Covid continues to affect many aspects of our lives including cruising!

We knew that like last year  we would spend more time on our boats and much less time eating out. With all our cruisers being fully vaccinated, this year was a little easier than last.

A pre cruise dinner was held in June where the cruise guides were distributed, and we talked about the trip. Thirty-two cruisers attended.

Pre-Cruise:

The pre-cruise from Portsmouth to Rockland consisted of four boats:

  • Roger and Earldean Wells on Peter Rabbit
  • George and Nancy Kinser on Semper Fi
  • David and Nancy McArdle on Sea Legs
  • Guests Wendy Keller and Bob Martin on Eclipse

On the way to Rockland, the pre cruise stopped at Orr’s Bailey Yacht Club in Casco Bay, the Tugboat Marina in Boothbay Harbor and Christmas Cove.

In Boothbay Harbor and in Rockland Dan Gingras and Phyllis Breitman came by automobile and joined the cruisers.

Cruise:

The PYC Cruise began with a kickoff cocktail party in Rockland at Journeys End on Sunday, August 1st  hosted by Wells, Watters and Jones’. The cruise ended in Rockland on Monday August 16th.

A total of fifteen (15) boats joined in either all or some part(s) of the cruise:

Peter Rabbit, Barefoot Children, Semper Fi, Sea Legs, Rock a Buy, Running Spirit, Sedna, Mistral, Amber Sea, Reliance, Northern Light, Skiya, Merlot, Guest boat Eclipse and Sea Quest

A total of 31 cruisers attended the kickoff party for the Cruise on Sunday August 1st.  Bill and Sandy Miller came by motor vehicle to join the kickoff party.

It was held on the docks at Journeys End Marina.

The first two days of the cruise we traveled to Seal Bay (Vinalhaven) and Camp Island (off Deer Isle thoroughfare). We encountered early morning fog which burned off to beautiful sunshine on both days. On day 3, August 4th 12 boats traveled to Southwest Harbor/Somes Sound.

In Southwest Harbor our commodore, Wes Smith and his wife, Marty came by car loaded with blueberry pies and plump tomatoes and joined the cruisers at Dysart’s Marina for 2 days. On Thursday of that week, Carole and Cody Cartnick,  Sherle Edwards and Ted Dryzak provided us with a wonderful chili and cornbread dinner as well as dessert. We enjoyed the dinner and cannot thank them enough for their camaraderie, for providing the PYC cruisers with this dinner and for their continued genuine, solid support of the PYC Cruise and its cruisers. They have enthusiastically done this for many years and show no signs of stopping!

On Saturday we traveled to Bucks Harbor in Brooksville Maine. There many of us enjoyed at dinner at Buck’s Restaurant. We returned there on Thursday August 19th and had a potluck gathering on the deck at Buck’s Harbor Marina.

From Bucks Harbor we traveled on Sunday August 8th to Castine. On the first night, Kinsers, Wendy Keller and Bob Martin hosted a cocktail party on the dock. On our second night at Eaton’s, Suzanne Eaton cooked lobsters for us and we enjoyed them on their big deck – just beautiful weather for a lobster feast. We caught up with Suzanne’s dad, Kenny Eaton as well.

On Tuesday August 10th we traveled to Belfast where we spent two days.

Many of us enjoyed eating at Delvino’s in Belfast and the ladies spent time shopping.

On our second night in Belfast, Barclay Jackson and Dean Plager hosted a cocktail hour on the docks.

From Belfast, we were unable to secure moorings in Cradle Cove on Islesboro. Jessica and Jon Buck were able to accommodate us, so we headed back to Bucks Harbor for one night.

On Friday we traveled to Camden and spent two relaxing days there. Buys, Duderewicz’s, McArdles and Pat Daly and Roy Briscoe hosted a cocktail hour at a beautiful spot at Lyman Morse.

The Cruise officially ended on Sunday in Rockland. Several boats continued on, slowly making their way back to Portsmouth, stopping at Boothbay harbor and Sebasco or Biddeford Pool.

We managed to dodge a couple of hurricanes, and all returned safely to Portsmouth.

A post cruise get together with a potluck dinner was held on Sunday September 26th. Thirty-six people attended.

All in all, the largest PYC cruising group in quite some time PYC enjoyed a great trip Down East, with great weather and great camaraderie!!

It is a great time with a genuinely sincere and fun group — we invite you to consider joining all or part of the PYC Cruise next summer!

Respectfully Submitted,
Kenneth R. Jones, PC
Portsmouth Yacht Club
Cruise Director


CRUISE 2021

PORTS OF CALL

PRE CRUISE: Portsmouth to Rockland

Wednesday, July 28             Orr’s-Bailey Yacht Club  

Thur-Fri, July 29 & 30        Boothbay Harbor

Saturday July 31                   Christmas Cove

Sunday August 1                   Rockland               

CRUISE

Monday August 2                    Seal Bay                       16.78 nm

Tuesday August  3                   Camp Island                10.0 nm

Weds, Thurs & Fri Aug 4,5,6     Southwest Harbor  19.6 nm

Saturday August  7                 Bucks Harbor               27.4 nm

Sun & Mon August  8 & 9      Castine                           10.0 nm

Tues & Wed Aug 10 & 11       Belfast                              9.7 nm

Thursday August 12              Cradle Cove                    11.9 nm

Friday & Sat Aug 13 & 14      Camden                             7.3 nm

Sunday  August 15                  Rockland                          8.9 nm





2020 CRUISE REPORT

The 2020 PYC Cruise travelled Down East this year. 

Covid has affected most aspects of our lives and cruising is no different!

In May of this year, we were unsure whether marinas would even be open to cruisers.

However, slowly marinas began to open and we found that almost every port that we planned to visit was going to be open. When prospective PYC cruisers were contacted, all were eager to take part.

We thought about how it would be different this year. Some of us practiced “getting together” at the Isles of Shoals. We did dinghy raft ups to one of our power boater friends and we each brought our own appetizers and beverages and kept our distance. We thought it could work.

We knew that we would spend more time on our boats and much less time eating out.

Overall, we found that most marinas and their personnel were exercising caution, wearing masks, using hand sanitizer and keeping distanced. We tried to do the same.

Pre-Cruise:

The pre-cruise from Portsmouth to Rockland consisted of three boats:

  • Roger and Earldean Wells on Peter Rabbit
  • George and Nancy Kinser on Semper Fi
  • Guests Wendy Keller and Bob Martin on Eclipse

The pre cruise stopped at the Tugboat Marina in Boothbay Harbor on the way to Rockland.

Cruise:

The PYC Cruise began with a kickoff cocktail party in Rockland at Journeys End on Sunday, August 2nd and ended in Rockland on Monday August 17th.

A total of eight (8) boats joined in either all or some part(s) of the cruise:

Peter Rabbit, Barefoot Children, Semper Fi, Running Spirit, Amber Sea,

Reliance, Guest boat Eclipse and Sea Quest

A total of 12 cruisers attended the kickoff party for the Cruise on Sunday August 2nd. 

It was held on the docks at Journeys End Marina.

There was much discussion about hurricane Laura and what our destination would be on Monday. At the radio call in on Monday morning we all decided the safest place to go would be Great Harbor Marina in Southwest Harbor, Acadia. Arrangements were made to arrive 2 days early at Great Harbor Marina.

We departed early and encountered some significant seas along the way, but all arrived safely that afternoon.

In Southwest Harbor we found that the owner of Sawyer’s, the hallmark food market in Southwest Harbor since 1946 had retired and the market was closed. Also, the  buses that travel all over Acadia including Bar Harbor, were not running. Some of our dinners were cooked on the deck at Dysart’s marina. On Thursday of that week, Carole and Cody Cartnick and Sherle Edwards provided us with a wonderful chili and cornbread dinner, taking all sorts of safety precautions, which we appreciated. We enjoyed the dinner and cannot thank them enough for providing the PYC cruisers with this dinner and for their tremendous support of the PYC Cruise and its cruisers.

On Saturday we traveled to Bucks Harbor in Brooksville Maine. There we had a dinghy raft up – all of us tied up to Semper Fi! We each enjoyed our own appetizers and beverages in the comfort of our dinghies!! We also enjoyed Roy Briscoe’s drone as it flew around Bucks Harbor taking some phenomenal photographs.

From Bucks Harbor we traveled on Sunday to Castine. At Eaton’s, Kenny and his daughter Suzanne cooked lobsters for us and we enjoyed them on their big deck.

On Tuesday August 13th we travelled to Belfast where we met up with Running Spirit.

We enjoyed some outside dining in Belfast and the ladies spent time shopping.

From Belfast, we traveled to Cradle Cove on Islesboro. The incredible sunset and the stars were the highlight of the evening we spent there.

On Friday we traveled to Camden and spent two relaxing days there. It was sad to see some of the schooners covered up as many of the windjammer cruises had been canceled.

The Cruise officially ended on Sunday in Rockland. Three boats continued on, slowly making their way back to Portsmouth, stopping at Boothbay harbor, Five Islands and Biddeford Pool.

Amber Sea joined in at Five Islands and Biddeford Pool.

All in all, and despite the challenges that COVID brought, the PYC cruising group enjoyed a great trip Down East, with great weather and great camaraderie, even at a distance!!

It is a great time with a fun group — we invite you to consider joining all or part of the PYC Cruise next summer!

Respectfully Submitted,

Kenneth R. Jones, PC, Cruise Director


 

PYC Cruise Kick Off, Rockland, Me 8/4/2019

The 2019 PYC Cruise traveled Down East this year. 

Our pre cruise dinner and planning session was on Sunday June 2nd at PYC where we had 23 Cruisers attending.

Pre Cruise:

The pre-cruise from Portsmouth to Rockland consisted of three boats:

  • Roger and Earldean Wells on Peter Rabbit
  • George and Nancy Kinser on Semper Fi
  • Pat Daly and Roy Briscoe on Barefoot Children

The pre cruise to Rockland, Maine had stops at Orrs Bailey Yacht Club, Boothbay Harbor, and Maple Juice Cove.

 In Boothbay Harbor, Bill and Sandy Miller came by land and hosted a cocktail party for the cruisers in their room at the Tugboat Inn.

Cruise:

The PYC Cruise began with a kickoff cocktail party in Rockland at Journeys End on Sunday, August 4th and ended in Rockland on Saturday, August 17th.

A total of seven (7) boats joined in either all or some part(s) of the cruise:

Peter Rabbit, Barefoot Children, Sea Legs, Semper Fi,

Running Spirit, Mistral, and Sea Quest

A total of 14 cruisers attended the kickoff party for the Cruise on Sunday August 4th.  It was hosted by David and Nancy McArdle, Pat Daly and Roy Briscoe and held on the docks at Journeys End Marina.

We departed Rockland on Monday August 5th, and our first port was Belfast, where we stayed for 2 days. Ladies enjoyed visiting the shops in downtown Belfast and all 12 of us enjoyed dinner at Delvino’s restaurant. We were happy to have Pat Daly and Roy Briscoe (Barefoot Children) join us by land both in Belfast and later on in Southwest Harbor.

From there 5 boats travelled to Castine. We enjoyed a cocktail party hosted by George and Nancy Kinser and a lobster dinner cooked by Kenny Eaton of Eaton’s Boat Yard.

From Castine we travelled to Bucks Harbor in Brooksville Maine. There we enjoyed a potluck get together on the deck at Bucks Harbor Marine. An interesting side story: Betsy Bonde had met a couple from Switzerland, named Martin Rohr and Denise Mussato who had sailed their 41 foot steel hulled sailboat from Switzerland to the United States approximately 5 years ago. Since then they have been sailing their boat on the east coast here every summer. This summer they came to the Portsmouth area and stayed on a mooring at PYC. Betsy got to know them, took them to the grocery store and told them about our cruise. They joined us at our potluck in Bucks Harbor and again when we were in Southwest Harbor at Dysart’s Marina.

They fit right in and we enjoyed their company.

From Bucks Harbor 5 boats travelled up Blue Hill Bay to the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club.

This mainly racing Yacht Club closes at 6pm but as their guests we were able to use all their outside facilities – tables, chairs, grills etc. The Jones’ and Wells’ hosted a cocktail party there.

It is a truly beautiful spot and we always enjoy stopping there.

On Monday August 12th we travelled toward Bass Harbor Light and then up Western Way to Southwest Harbor and Dysart’s Great Harbor Marina.

Guests of the PYC Cruise, Wendy Keller and Bob Martin on their motor vessel Eclipse, joined us for 2 nights at Dysart’s. The first evening they provided hors d’oeuvres for the group.

Following that, Carole and Cody Cartnick and Sherle Edwards provided the Cruising Group with a wonderful homemade Chili and Corn Bread Dinner, complete with dessert! This has become somewhat of a tradition that we really look forward to!

The following evening, we had 19 of us for dinner on Dysart’s deck. We purchased lobsters at Beal’s Lobster Pound and cooked them up on the deck at Dysart’s. Our friends from Switzerland, Martin and Denise joined us for the lobster dinner.

On Friday August 16th we travelled to Camp Island, near Stonington.

There were 4 boats and we got together that evening for potluck on Peter Rabbit.

On Saturday August 17th we travelled to Rockland Maine, where we met up with Running Spirit. We got together for dinner at the Landings Restaurant in Rockland.

The Cruise officially ended in Rockland. On Sunday four boats headed to Boothbay Harbor, encountering some fog early on in the Muscle Ridge Channel. The fog did clear, and it turned out to be a beautiful day. Eight (8) of us had dinner together at the Ports of Italy restaurant in Boothbay.

Our post cruise dinner was held on Sunday September 8th at PYC. 19 cruisers attended. We shared an assortment of wonderful food and also shared pictures of the 2019 cruise.

All in all, the group enjoyed a great trip Down East, with great weather and great camaraderie.

It is a great time with a fun group — we invite you to consider joining all or part of the PYC Cruise next summer!

Eaton’s Boat Yard 8/8/2019

Bucks Harbor Marina 8/10/2019


 

CRUISING HISTORY: A LOOK BACK AT 20 YEARS AND 20 PYC CRUISES

Look for Cruise information to come for the 2019 boating season!

The PYC Fleet is comprised of both power and sail vessels. The length of vessels is anywhere from 26 to over 50 feet. We enjoy great camaraderie  and through our cruising adventures, have formed long lasting friendships. Consider joining us either by land or sea (preferred!)

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Ken

Ken Jones, P/C, PYC Cruise Director

603-828-5216