Lofty Summer Goals (on Jewel Island, Maine)

You might’ve figured this out already, but we didn’t actually leave the dock very often last summer.

To be precise, we left twice.


To be fair, the second time was to go explore the Penobscot and we didn’t come back for a month, but compared to our lofty “we’ll sail every weekend and go for evening jaunts on weekdays” goals, we failed pretty miserably.

We can explain this away with a myriad of excuses (Jon was working a ton; we tackled some enormous multi-weekend boat projects like re-bedding both toerails; I have a fear of hitting boats while docking; we have a fear of docking in general actually, etc), but the point stands: for so-called boat-lovers, we did a crap job of actually enjoying our boat.

So our NEW summer goal (because Maine sailing season pretty much = summer), is to just have more fun. Ideally fun that includes leaving the dock and going sailing, but we’re trying to set achievable goals here 😉


Along this line, we left the dock last weekend, and it was amazing.

Sailing in Maine - Happy days on Jewel Island

We practiced our tacking through the Hussey Channel… I was seriously rusty 😉

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Anchored at Jewel, where we made our Maine landfall in 2014. We hadn’t been ashore together since my very first visit to Maine, in 2009 (!!!)

Jewel Island, Casco Bay, Maine

So we all went ashore to explore…

Dinghy on the beach at Jewel

Found a tower with an inviting ladder…

Tower from below

So obviously I had to give it a go (I may be smiling, but my grip on that rail gives my real feelings away…)

Leah at the top of the tower

Took the obligatory “from the top of the WWII tower” photos of Casco Bay…

Views from inside the WWII towers at Jewel

As well as a re-enactment of 2009’s tower climbing shenanigans:

Jon on Jewel circa 2009

What it takes to get those views

And beach selfies:

Leah and Jon circa 2009

Apparently 7 years brought more wrinkles, less hair:

Jon and Leah on the beach at Jewel


As if a perfect sail and hike of the island wasn’t enough, our awesome friends from s/v Meredith met us at the island and we had a great beachfire… confirming that I have patience for burning hot dogs, but not actually cooking them 😉

Beachfire at Jewel


s/v Meredith goes sailing by at Jewel

And by Sunday afternoon we were back in our slip, and I even managed to get the hammock up for a quick afternoon nap…

Hammock days in Maine

(Complete with a fleece blanket, because it’s really not that warm out yet!!)

Tropical days in Maine


And our lofty summer goals?

Well since the majority of the struggle seems to revolve around getting off the dock, we decided to just practice docking. What a novel concept, right? 😉

Plus now we’re one weekend in and we’ve officially left the dock 5 times this season. Mission accomplished.


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