Monday morning we left Northeast Harbour and faced another Maine hazard to navigation. Firstly you set a course to avoid the shoreline and the rocks; then you dart this way and that to avoid the lobster trap floats and now we faced a procession of sailing school Optimists all tacking across the channel- the answer was to put the engine to neutral and let them pass by along with the Dory shepard. We headed into Somes Sound which claims to be the East Coast’s only fjord but as fjords go it is pretty tame but very attractive for all that.
We anchored in the natural Somes Harbour at the head and had a walk to the town with the depressing name of Somesville but is in fact a village with some attractive houses.
After an evening of rain Tuesday did not look encouraging so we declared a public holiday and caught up with some jobs and sleep! We were anchored near a 10metre steel Canadian boat that we had seen further south and they came aboard for a drink. It turned out they had lived aboard for 20 years and still had not got quite around the world as they had set off from the West Coast of Canada! There is also a couple sailing a Halberg Rassy and the wife is 85 and the husband 92 so Jim P has no excuse to give up yet!