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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Attack of the Catalinas, or Day Eight


As we napped on Saturday morning after our night sail, the Shaw Bay anchorage slowly filled up with cruising boats anchoring.  They were coming to Shaw Bay to hear a local band, Them Eastport Oyster Boys, play a concert on an anchored raft-up.  My parents arrived on their Luders 36, Interlude, and Dawn and Paul Miller arrived on their Herreshoff Rozinante, Honalee.  We pulled up our anchor in the afternoon to go raft up with them closer to the concert boats.  Later, on, I went rowing with my parents over to the "Slosh Pit," a group of dinghys crowding around the band.  It was a lot of fun.

In the evening we got a bit of a scare as a raft-up of about seven or eight Catalinas pulled up their anchors and moved AS A FLEET, still tied together, under power straight at us!  They managed to turn the raft in time, and went and anchored not nearly far enough away from us.  Later that night, I was just about to fall asleep when I saw through the companionway, the glowing red/ green navigation lights of two sailboats RIGHT on our stern.  I jumped up to the cockpit and saw two of the Catalina fleet maneuvering around the anchorage looking for a new spot to anchor.  No harm was done, but it was a bit unsettling!

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