Jayne Mackta & Pat Abbott Cruise the Islands of Maine
Aug 11-16,2011 – Jayne Solomon Mackta, who I knew in high school and college, lives a busy and active life and wanted a relaxing vacation. So she brought her friend, Pat Abbott, to Maine to explore remote islands and harbor anchorages within sailing distance of Rockland, ME.
First we sailed to beautiful Pulpit Harbor, where we found a secluded spot to anchor and shared the first of several great meals cooked on the new barbeque. The next day we sailed further up Penobscot Bay, where few cruisers go, and took a mooring off the small town of Castine, home of the Maine Maritime Academy.
After a relaxing night, we decided to sail clockwise around North Haven Island. Jayne and Pat took control of the helm and expertly guided us around the numerous lobster pots. We finished the day sailing through the narrow Fox Island Thorofare and took a mooring at North Haven. A sailing friend who lives on the island graciously volunteered to take us the following day on a tour of the island, an experience we thoroughly enjoyed.
We finished the cruise sailing back to our starting point, Rockland. It was wonderful spending time reconnecting with old friends. After they left for the airport, I spent the next week repairing the rudder, which I had damaged in Nova Scotia, with expert help from the Journey’s End Marina.