We are fortunate to have front row seats to the festivities afloat tomorrow!
Our mooring ball for a couple days! It does not get better than this.
Burnt Is Light is a single red flash every 6 seconds… unless you are properly in one of the the two major approaches, (from Cuckolds or Ram Island), in which case you’ll see this lighthouse’s light as bright white!
At night, buoy G9 shows a green light flashing every 4 seconds.
The ATON lights are all configured differently so you know which one you are looking at in the dark! I did a lot of night boating around here in my youth. Great fun.
Above, G9 as it appears on the chart.
There is one more important ATON in between these two that does not appear in the photo: R8 off the west side Tumbler Island. You gotta go around that too.
Below a video of Peter, our dockmaster of the Tugboat Inn. We have Peter to thank for these front row seats today at one of his “TBI” marked moorings!
We are now back at the Tugboat to experience Kay Brown’s entertainment in about a half hour. She and I used to work the crowd at the “Tin Inn” across the harbor in the mid 1980’s. I was the bartender, she was the entertainer! Kay’s daughter, Bonnie, is the GM here at the Tugboat; Bonnie and Ray were classmates at Boothbay Region High School just a few years ago.
Back to the present:
Kay is not afraid to share her stage with some of her talented friends, so long as they make it through her rigorous audition process.
Ray remembers playing ice hockey with Laura’s offspring up in Augusta some 40+ years ago.
Those Arsenault boys would be proud of their “Ma” tonight, fer sure! Maybe even proud of their older brother, Billy shown below.
Below, Ramona Gaudet, of Southport Island harmonizes with Kay Brown with one of Kay’s performances tonight. Ramona worked at the Southport Elementary School for 5 or 6 decades. That small school house is reportedly STILL in operation today for K-6. Back in my day (1970’s) the students from that small Southport elementary school always stuck up for each other once they made it to Boothbay Region High School. They were like family for each other. “Don’t mess with a Southport student if there was another Southporter around.”
We obviously enjoyed the hospitality and rekindled friendship with the Andersons this weekend. The weather was not great, but check out their surroundings! I sneaked these pics in between rain showers!
Ray grew up around these parts, so we sent the local weekly newspaper the Boothbay Register, a press release about our adventure which they published! We’ve already begun running into old friends like Mark Stover, Kelly Johnson, Kay Brown, and others.
1. The nearly full moon is reflecting upon the ocean water. Isn’t that nice! ((Both my writing teachers and those of my son, Nick, instructed us to NEVER use the adjective “nice” as good writing should be more specific and descriptive. Tonight, I take license to use the prohibited word because there are things about this pic which are MUCH more interesting than the “nice” moonlight!
2. The boats in close to us are pointing in a different direction than those out further. One in the middle is “undecided”. Why?
3. The current of the flooding Sheepscot River is driving those boats to have their bows pointing into the current.
4. The current isn’t as strong in here, closer to shore. So the wind direction is more the influence. The boat in close points into the wind, and the other halfway in between, predictably, is half and half!
In between business calls today we moved from Diamond Cove on Gr Diamond Is to the west shore of Clapboard Island. It was SO much easier here!!! No rock ‘n’ roll, calm, and the Internet connection was MUCH better. ((Full bars)).