Re: Beautifull Camden, Maine , U.S.A.

A Lady
Stephen Hyde
Thu 15 Sep 2011 17:55
Hi Stephen & Aileen,

Well what a few weeks and I am glad to hear the the hurricane passed you without too much damage. Last weekend here was pretty windy with the tail end of it. I was away cruising in Galacia with Colin Hayes for 2 weeks and although the weather in Spain was really nice we had a pretty uncomfortable trip back to Cork from La Coruna. There is no doubt that Galacia is a really nice place to cruise and we managed a few new anchorages as well as restaurants which are as good as ever.

We have had a spate of deaths and I am off to my third funeral this week in a few moments. First of all was John O'Meara (82) who I crewed for in 505's in the early '60's and who I must admit was one of the nicest guys I have ever known. I grew up with his wife Clodagh in Ballintemple and indeed I have always claimed that it was me who introduced them Clodagh was 13 or 14 years younger but they were a great couple with 3 very nice offspring. John had been poorly for the past 2 years or so and his passing is a release for everyone. Second was Stuart Nairn (78) from Crosshaven or should I say who retired to Crosshaven 28 years ago. I had known Stuart for about 40 years and we met through Offshore Racing. He was a nice guy who got totally involved in Croisshaven life.

Finally Mary English (about 85/6) who not only was godmother to my youngest sister but also herself and the late Eamonn were very close family friends. Mary really started to go down hill after the death of her very best friend Jerry Murphy (April English's mother) and for the past year or so was in a home and at times barely able to recognise anyone. I have very happy memories of both Eamonn and Mary and of course we all know the Family. When you think about Joe's problems maybe it was a blessing that Mary was not really aware of his situation for the last year or so. I am sure there will be a huge turnout bot this evening and tomorrow in Cobh.

Sorry to be such a bringer of bad news and hopefully I will have a good time in St Tropez at the end of the month. I can report that I have continued to make good progress health wise and I am now at better than 97%. Hopefully this will continue.

B Regards


On 26/08/2011 01:25, ALady (S.Hyde) wrote:
Ohhhh, what a dull morning and whats more, things are not looking good for the weekend, Hurricane " Irene"
is heading north along the U.S. coast and is expected here by Sunday, and this is not a place to be, so we will
have to leave tomorrow, and go and hide in Smiths cove which is about 25miles from here,
Gawd, this place was buzzing today where they lifted out 20 boats and another 20 tomorrow, all trying to be secure
for the weekend, mind you, some of them are comming out because its the end of the season as far as they
are concerned,
At 07.00 hrs this morning, skipper went to the " Ships Store " and got some 3M caulking and alcohol and returned to
the boat and began the long overdue task of removing the aft deck hatch to the master cabin and resealing the thing,
It did not take long to unscrew and remove the hatch, The bedding was scant and perished , with little or no
adhesion to the cabin top and only about 40% of adhesion to the hatch itself,  This was one of the new windows
installed at " Fox's" boat yard, Ipswitch early in 2007, and like the rest of the new windows they installed , have
leaked almost from the beginning, and their only response was to suggest that the bedding or caulking suffered
from the changing climates on our way around the world,  
Amazing,  none of the original windows on the boat , now 10 years old, ever leaked ! only the new ones installed by Fox's boat yard.
It would be interesting to have their response to that !
The whole project took skipper about 2 hours, which included cleaning all the frames and cabin top before rebedding
the hatch again,
Later, like 5 hours later, it got well tested with some torrential rain, and to our delight, no leaks ..........
At lunch time , Gerard returned with the parts for the generator, and after a couple of hours got the generator running and
shutting down as it should, but the thing was still overheating so more work there tomorrow,
Skipper continued with replacing the linings to the insulation in the engine room with a new adhesive silver tape , It
looks great, but only time will tell if it is the right stuff or not,
On the home front. Our friend Margaret How is making slow progress from her newmonia , and our daughter " Leah"
and her son Jamie have returned from India to Ireland for a few days to the delight of their friends, not to mind
our daughter Sarah and son Stefan who are so happy to see their sister,  ( their real mother )
Now back to last Monday  22nd  ,
In the afternoon we went to " POINT  LOOKOUT " resort for 2 nights,  this was one of the prizes we won at the weekend
so we decided that now was the right time, We were given a tour to the top of the resort by the staff and we were bowled over
with the sheer beauty and views from that location,
The views across " Penobscot Bay " were simply stunning.....................
The resort hold their weddings and receptions here and on a cclear day it is just magnificant, but the building really
impressed skipper, the architectural details were really special and the model yachts and ships were awsome,
This place was the HQ of MBNA and it seems our Irish friend " Shane Flynn" was the boss there before it was all
bought over by " Bank Of America" and subsequently shut down,
Now , it is a posh holiday resort,
We had dinner later in the " LOBSTER POUND "  down in Lincoln Ville village and the value was great, a pair of
lobsters for $ 32...... plus all the trimmings, like fresh sweet corn on the cob, baked potatoe, salad, etc,
Later we watched telly , something we are not used to before crashing out for a good nights sleep in a real bed,
Tuesday 23rd,
Skipper returned to " A lady " and worked on re-covering the insulation around the generator and watching the mechanic
work on the generator itself, 
Later, skipper got a loan of  Brian Smullen's V.W . a tourag which skipper had a few years ago. but, BUT, But, this was
a V8 , grab that , a beautifull car and responded to the owners touch, the doors would lock or open just at the touch
of the owner or driver, incredible,,,,,,  
So , skipper used the car to return the the " point Lookout " and the 2 of us went off for anothe great meal in " Chez Michel"
Skipper had a lobster and crab pie, it was one of the best dishes had in a long time,,  yum, yum,
Wednesday  24th 
Up early, we packed our bags and signed out of  " Piont Lookout " resort and drove to Belfast , for breckfast and a look
around the place before returning to " A lady"  
The breckfast included Irish " corned beef hash" a pair of eggs, bacon, english muffins, beans, coffee,  It was massive,
we were bursting when we finished and struggled our way to the car just a couple of hundred meters up the road,
10.30hrs  we reached the boat in Camden and got ourselves ready for our guests, Micheal, and his mother Beverly
and father Rick Peiser,  
Micheal is a good friend of our son " Stefan" and he lives in Ireland at present, but is American and his father is a proffessor
in " Harvard University "   Boston,
They arrived at 12.15 and we went for a sail in " A Lady" , we sailed to Rock port  , just about 10 miles south of here
and had a great sail in 22 / 25 knots of wind, we had a great beat down and a fetch back by tacking downwind,
Rick steered the boat most of the time and really enjoyed the day, as did Beverly and Micheal, later when we reached
port we guzzeled a bottle of white wine before our guests departed back to " Booths Bay" where they are staying for a few days,
They were really impressed with our beautifulll " Oyster 56 "
We , on the other hand, drove in our beautifull V.W over to " SHEPPARDS PIE "  restaurant in RockPort for dinner,
RockPort is only a few miles from Camden, so we arrived in less than 10 minutes,
the place was mobbed and we had to mope around for 40 minutes before we got a seat,
We met people from " New Orleans" and they never met Irish People before, they dont even know Irish people, but were
very familier with " St Patrick "  and the parades,   dumb, dumbs,
We enjoyed the night  even though the food was only so,so,
That brings us up to date, and today,
Sooooo, thats it for now,,, ,,,,,,,,,,    EarthQuakes, Hurricanes, and rain, whats next !  !  ! 
Signed  ;-   Stephen Hyde   ( Skipper )

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