ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Yacht Club announced a successful start to its 84th sailing season. Held annually by the club, the season’s annual kick-off cruise was hosted by Steve Pierce. Three boats left Rockland on June 4, headed for Seal Bay — Webfoot with Dave and Commodore MJ Shiverick and their guests, Dale and Nancy Harrington; Altair with Rick and Julie Palm; and Spirits with Steve Pierce and Alan MacDonald.
Going the long way around the south end of Vinalhaven and up East Penobscot Bay, the fourth boat, Black Bear, with Gary Cran and Norm Farrar, left from Pulpit Harbor and was the last boat to arrive at Seal Bay. Dutch Dresser, leaving Rockland on Koan late in the afternoon, spent the night at Perry Creek.
Early Sunday morning, Black Bear was the first boat to leave Seal Bay. Spirits and Webfoot left about 9 a.m., while Altair waited until later. With a light wind, Spirits and Webfoot motored from Seal Bay and into the Fox Islands Thorofare.
Approaching North Haven from Perry Creek, Koan joined Spirits and Webfoot. In company, the three boats continued out the Thorofare toward Rockland. Sometime after the PB buoy, the wind came up and allowed the group to finish the cruise under sail. Altair’s later departure paid dividends, as it was able to return from the Thorofare to Rockland under sail.
The Fireworks Cruise, July 2-4 off Stonington is the club’s next cruise. It will be led by Don and Jody Abbott.
For more information, contact Paul White, club press secretary at 603-329-7064 or email@example.com, or visit http://www.rocklandyc.org/.