Today, Cutter Loose is bound for the promised land of Penobscot Bay…the mecca for east coast cruising sailors. Our jewel of an anchorage at Jewell Island makes leaving difficult. We linger over breakfast in the cockpit, finally convincing ourselves to weigh anchor at 9 AM.
Our course today takes us east past Cape Small, Boothbay and Muscongus Bay. We pass within a few miles of Monhegan Island, shrouded in a thin layer of fog. At 3 PM, we alter course to the northeast and enter Penobscot Bay, sailing past Burnt Island and Mosquito Island. We can clearly see waves breaking on the rocky shores of these islands. Obviously, the dense pine forests have learned to thrive in a nutrient base of sheer stone. This outstanding scenery is unmistakably and uniquely Maine.
The lighthouse and bell tower at the Southern Island entrance to Tenants Harbor are owned by Jamie Wyeth, son of Andrew Wyeth. The lighthouse appears in several Wyeth paintings.
At 5 PM, the anchor is down in Long Cove. There is a noticeable drop in temperature and humidity. Our journey today covers 52 miles of the Maine coastline. It is a landmark day, signaling our final full day of travel to our summer destination and the fulfillment of a personal goal held for over three decades. Forty seven days and 1,000 miles ago, we departed Rock Hall, MD. Our arrival in Penobscot Bay signals the beginning of leisurely days filled with short daysails, scenic anchorages and shoreside exploration.