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2007 Maine Rendezvous


Don and Margaret Lacoste

I know it's early to talk about a June rendezvous but I'm sitting inside my cottage on a cold night looking forward to spring.

I am proposing a gathering of Westsails in Belfast, Maine on Penobscot Bay on June 29,30,

Belfast is a great cruiser destination as there are services within a half mile walking distance from the harbor. We have a old fashion movie theater, performing arts theater, laudry, grocery store, numerous gift shops and several good pubs & restaurants.

I have spoken with the harbormaster and she indicated that those dates are currently available for dockage at $1.50 per foot per night (group rates) and several moorings at $25.

It is also a great time of year since daylight hours are at their max and the weather is cool but generally sunny. Penobscot Bay has the most beautiful cruising grounds on the east coast with its many islands and hundreds of anchorages.

Nearby towns are Camden, Rockland, Searsport, Rockport, Castine and even Brooklin (home of Wooden Boat Magazine and boatbuilding school)is close by. Also, a new suspension bridge was constructed with a 150' visitors tower that crosses over the Penobscot River, navicable by boat.

Please let me know if there is interest in this rendezvous as I will need to commit to the harbormaster to reserve some space. I hope to see many Westsails in Maine!

Don Lacoste
SV HERON (Kemancha)


Michael Dougan

Hi Don and Margaret,

I'm definitely interested, but I'd like to see what others say regarding the time frame. I am tentatively planning on sailing my boat up to Maine that Summer, though, I was thinking maybe a month or so later than that... I've heard that late August and early September are some of the nicest months to cruise Maine. So, if I got up there end of July, early August, I could take a month and enjoy your cruising grounds.

But, if it won't work out with my cruising schedule, I'd certainly drive up for the event.


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Hi Mike,

I tried to do an early September rendezvous last year in Maine. It conflicted with some other events that Bud attended and I got several notes back that it is too close to hurricane season.

Trying to do the rendezvous in mid summer is difficult as the harbors are FULL of small cruise ships and a LOT more traffic. I also have conflict with my busiest time of year in the cottage rental business.

Let's see how many members are able to make the late June, early July date. It would be fun to be cruising here on the 4th of July to see area fireworks!

Don


Colleen Caldwell and Brian Crystal

Don and Margaret - Glad to see the first post regarding 2007 Rendezvous in planning! I?ve volunteered this year to be the official WOA Rendezvous coordinator. This year the WOA will support local coordinators with their choice of $200 towards festivities or $200 worth of Westsail logo gear for door-prizes. We can also make additional gear available for a merchandise table. So I?m currently ordering some great Westsail logo gear (t-shirts, polo-shirts, hats, etc.). Also, don?t forget w Bud has graciously helped with mailing lists and label in years past, and has tried to attend most Rendezvous in years past as a great resource and guest-speaker.

See my generic post under 2007 Rendezvous Planning for other regions for some ideas gleaned from prior gatherings for a great weekend. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help, and stay in touch regarding sending logo gear out once your plans come together. Regards, Colleen Crystal. colleen@westsail.org


Martin and Catherine Whittemore

We're interested. Should be able to make just about any date as we're based in Portland.


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Hi Colleen,

Thanks for your response. I have contacted Bud and he is planning to attend this Maine event!! I will be sending him a notice for him to put on his mailing list and website.

It will also be great to have the support of the Westsail Owners Club to help make this a great event.

I will look at your other postings that you suggested I review. It would be great to get a dozen or so boats here on Penobscot Bay.

Don


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Hello All,

I've been getting some emails from Westsail owners and there seems to be some good interest already for a Maine Rendezvous.

I am considering slightly changing the dates to a Sunday / Monday of June 30 & July 1. Those who are sailing up to Maine most likely will not have any conflict. My problem is running our own business which is just total chaos on Saturdays! I would hate to organize a rendezvous and not be there on the day it begins!! If changing it to a Sun/Mon does create conflict, I will keep it as scheduled but won't be there until Sunday.

There are two great websites for you all to look at. Check out www.belfastmaine.org & www.visitcamden.com

The Belfast website has much information on lodging, dining, things to do, etc. The Camden site is a bit broader and also has a list of events in the area.

Looking forward to the longest days in Maine with a group of WOA members around!

I will be sending Bud a more formal announcement but since he will be away for a month, it will be done once he comes back.

I hope to put together a rendezvous that will create great times and memories.

Happy Sailing

Don


Jon and Debbie Simpson

Hi Don & Margaret,

Likewise my business makes Saturdays tough! I'm based in New York Harbor, Liberty Landing Marina. I would like to try and make the rendezvous. Do you have any idea of how many hour/days we're looking at form our home base?

Jon


Michael Dougan

Hey Jon, going to sail Zoe up? I'm planning to sail Sannyasin up this summer, but I'm thinking I might leave later in July. I'll probably drive up to the Rendezvous unless you need crew :-)

It takes a while to get up towards Camden. I guess it depends on how hard you want to push it. I've never done this, but I've been thinking about it for my own trip and it would probably go like this (anyone who really knows can refute any of this at any time):

Short Trip:
About 24 hours outside to Block Island. A good part of a day to get from Block, through the canal to maybe Boston (or maybe overnight in PTown). From Boston up to Glouchester in a day? If not, maybe only Marblehead. From Glouchester, you can probably get to Portland in a 24 hour run, then maybe a day up to Camden.

So, I'd say, short trip, 4 to 5 days, stopping only 2 or 3 nights. If you're lucky, the wind is at your back most of the way.

More realistic trip, 2-3 days out to Block Island on the Inside (slow going if there is no wind in the Sound). Maybe another day around Martha's Vineyard because it is there, on to Boston in a day. On to Glouchester in a day. Glouchester to Monhegan Island in 24 hours. Spend a day on Monhegan. On to Camden in an easy day. So, about 9 days to get to the Camden area.

Hey Jon, Sail magazine called looking for photos of a Westail under sail. I sent them some pics of Zoe that Summer before you bought her... she might end up in a coming issue!


Jon and Debbie Simpson

Hi Mike,

It looks like too much of a trip for me this summer, unfortunately. I may drive up esp. if there will be several boats participating. If you need crew aboard Sannyasin I would love to help out - at least for a day or two depending on schedule!


Michael Dougan

I'll probably drive up too for this one, but later in the Summer, if you want to jump on for one of the short stops, maybe up to Block or whatever, sure, you're welcome aboard.


Jon and Debbie Simpson

Hi Mike,

That sounds like fun. Keep me posted when you get a date.

Jon


Tom and Barb Koehl

Count us in. Our boat won't be back in the water yet, but the timing is good since we want to see how everyone else has set up their galley and nav station! We'll drive over and visit old navy shipmates in Belfast we haven't seen in over 30 years. We can make it almost anytime in late June or July. -Tom


Richard and Penny Beesley

Don and Margaret,

We spent last summer (July & August) in Maine, visiting Belfast which we have always thoroughly enjoyed. We are currently in Florida and will be heading north in a couple of months.

We will try to make it to Belfast by the end of June, but as you know, if the June weather is anything like it was last year in Maine, it will not be a pleasant trip.

Hope to see you in June, unless you can convince Kathy to give us some later dates.

Richard & Penny
Westsail 42 #111
Viking Rose


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Hi Richard and Penny,

We have heard from some other Westsail members and there is interest for this event! I wish we could have changed the dates further into the summer but my wife and I are fully involved in our cottage rental business managing 35 privately owned houses here. It gets really crazy for us after the 4th of July as you can imagine.

Yes, June can be a challenging month but we have lived here for about 10 years and some of our June's have been better than July. Last year was challenging but by the 25th of June, the weather came around nicely and we had some great days leading into July.

Really, this rendezvous starts on Sunday June 30th and July 1st is the next day. If any Westsailor's are coming to Maine for some great cruising, this is a great time for them to get up here to enjoy the months of July and August.

Also, having a rendezvous further into the season created some problems with the local harbors as the demand for dock space and moorings becomes very difficult for any size group.

I hope you can make it.

Don


Michael Dougan

Checking my calendar, Sunday is actually July 1st, so, make your reservations accordingly!


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Yes, Mike is RIGHT! The rendezvous does start on Sunday JULY 1ST. Sorry for the confusion to all our members. My poor (reading) eyesight contributed to the error.

If you click on the Rendezvous TAB above, the announcement, with the correct dates, is now listed. I will be sharing more information on the rendezvous in the near future. So far, I have about 4-5 vessels committed with many of our members not responding yet. Of course it's early to make commitments as many of us don't have their boats in the water yet!!

Get these dates on your calendar, JULY 1st & JULY 2nd.

Don
SV HERON


Bud Taplin
(Member)

I just did a mailing of about 60 flyers to everyone I have on my list in the Northeast. If you did not get a flyer, then I probably have an old address. Let me know if that is the case.


Jon and Debbie Simpson

Mike,

I saw the photo of Zoe (WS 329) you mentioned in this months Sail mag. Page 84. Thanks for submitting it. I see Shane, the previous owner on deck, and George (a Liberty Landing liveaboard) at the helm. Hope to meet up with you this spring. We taking the cover off Zoe in mid April!


Richard and Penny Beesley

Is it possible to do an e-mail blast to all users. By just concentrating on those owners located in the northeast, many of the cruisers will be left out of the loop, unless they actively monitor this site.


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Hi Richard and Penny,

I tried to do an email to many of the east coast members by using the Members List. It was a VERY tedious task as I had to individually copy & paste going through the entire membership list. I did focus on the east coast but it still took a long time to get it done. I wish there was an easier way to do this.

Don


Michael Dougan

Hi Don and Margaret, if you ever need a particular extract of the membership database, just shoot me an e-mail. I can write a custom query that will give you exactly what you want in, say, Excel format. You'd just have to tell me exactly what pieces of info you want (say, e-mail addresses only, or name and mailing address only etc), and for what states.

Easy enough to do.


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Hi Mike,

If you were to send me an email list for all the Westsail members on the east coast on an Excel format, would I be able to copy and paste them onto my Outlook Express?


Don and Margaret Lacoste

UPDATE

I just sent out another group email to most members on the east coast. As the season progresses I'm working hard on making this event memorable and worth the trip.

I did confirm the dockage rates with the Harbormaster and she has agreed to $1.50 per foot LOD. Moorings will be $25. per day.

I have contacted a great boatbuilder here in Belfast. Check out www.frenchwebb.com You will be able to see what projects they have done and what is currently going on. They build incredible sailing vessels and have a first rate operation. They will allow our group to visit the facility and see some work in progress.

I've never met him personnally but have written to Dodge Morgan a few times since purchasing my Westsail. If his name sounds familiar, he is the first American to circumnavigate, non stop and solo. He was 53 at the time back in 1985. His vessel was called AMERICAN PROMISE and wrote a book about his record setting journey. He believes he would have the time to meet up with our gang and share a story or two.

Other activities are being worked on so get this on your calendar and bring those Westsails to MAINE!!

Don


Don and Margaret Lacoste

The weather in Maine is finally improving. Three beautiful days in a row. Temps around 60 with a NW wind. Next week it will be mid 60's to mid 70's. Boats are getting launched and the season is getting ready to open.

Just heard from SV JURA this morning. This is a STUNNING W-32 which was beautifully restored by her owners Norma and Wayne. They are heading north from Beaufort, NC to the Chesapeake and then setting their sails for New England and the Maine rendezvous.

Hope to hear from more members soon!!

Don


Michael Dougan

Hey Don, sorry I didn't see your request above. If you need an extract in the future, send me an e-mail directly and I'll notice it more easily! There probably is a way to import contacts from Excel into Outlook (Express), since they're both Microsoft products, but can't say that I've tried.


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Hello Again,

I have been calling local Inns regarding room availability and rates. As you may or may not know, summer in Maine is our ONLY season. Trying to get discounts is difficult.

Saying that, the Penobscot Bay Inn will provide our group with a small discount due to number of rooms rented and how many nights. I would assume they will do at least 10%.

They have 8 rooms left for June 30, July 1st and July 2nd. They serve a FULL breakfast which is included in the room rate. You can see their website at www.penobscotbayinn.com If you do want to reserve a room for a couple nights, make sure you mention you are part of the Westsail rendezvous. The event starts on Sunday, July 1st but I'm sure there will be some vessel around on Saturday and Bud is coming on Saturday and leaving Monday.

The Inn's phone number is 207 338-5715. There are many other inns and motels to check out. You can see them on www.belfastmaine.org

We still have about 6 boats coming and at least 6 couples by car.


Don and Margaret Lacoste

It's another fine morning in Maine. I'm having my cup of coffee after a great breakfast of French toast and sausage. I painted the port side hull of my Westsail yesterday afternoon. I had damaged that side on my last sail in the fall. It came out so good, I convinced my wife to help me re-do the starboard side.

It must be the year for Maine in the boating world. Cruising World did an extensive article, then Sail Magazine and my latest issue of Soundings talked about the unparallel beauty of this coastline and the abundant islands to explore.

If you have been thinking about joining this rendezvous, it's time to make the commitment and bring those Westsails to Penobscot Bay. I don't believe you will regret that decision. It will be great to have Bud here, tour the French & Webb facility and maybe even a guest appearance from Dodge Morgan. I am still planning on some other activities, so take some time off and come to Maine.

Let me know if you are planning to come so I can secure your space in Belfast harbor.


Doug Campbell

Don and Margaret,
Monica and I will make every effort to bring Robin to the rendezvous. Two factors will determine our success: Whether Monica can get the time off and whether we finish the second leg of the Bermuda One-Two with enough time left over to make it from Newport to the Penobscot Bay. We can confirm our success with the first issue shortly. Of course, the wind and our seamanship will have a lot to do with the second. Hope this uncertainty won't hurt your planning.
Doug Campbell


Doug Campbell

Don & Margaret,
Monica and I will be there, wind permitting. She got her vacation extended so we could make it to Maine, so please save a space for us at the table.
I'd like to invite any of the Westsailers who are following this rendezvous to also follow our entry in the Bermuda One-Two race in June on the Soundings Magazine web site www.soundingspub.com by clicking on "Blog". There is a way, mentioned in the blog, to follow the actual positions of the boats online during the race (we'll have a transponder on Robin) We need all the moral support and wind we can get.
Thanks,
Doug Campbell


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Great to hear that Doug! Are you coming with your Westsail or by land? If by sea, do you need dockage or mooring?

Don


Doug Campbell

We'll be coming on Robin. If most of the boats are going to be in slips at the same marina, that would be nice and we'd want to get a slip. otherwise, we'd go for a mooring.
By the way, I have a lengthy profile of Dodge Morgan coming out in the next issue of Soundings Magazine, first of June. I met him last summer on Snow Island and have corresponded with him since then. He is an amazing personality. Folks should be forewarned about his salty vocabulary, which I actually find rather refreshing and a sign of unpretentiousness in an accomplished individual.
See you in June.
Doug


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Hello All,

Just spotted the first Westsail to arrive in Penobscot Bay! SV JURA was sitting pretty in Rockport harbor yesterday after arriving in Tenants Harbor on Sunday. They are both doing great and have been blessed with fabulous weather. Temps today are around mid 70's with chance of late showers. Beginning on Thursday, we will have three full sun days with temps around 80 and a 12 knot SW breeze.

Where are the rest of you!!!! If you are still debating if you should come to Maine, get busy with provisioning and head north!!


Jon and Debbie Simpson

Don & Margaret,

I would absolutely love to sail up to Maine and join you all on 'Zoe' but it's just not practicle from New York - just don't have a free month! We may fly or drive up.

I hope some of you have been able to check on Doug Campbell's Bermuda trip. The blog is informative and the web based tracking interesting. I'm sure he would appreciate a note from some more WS owners. It looks like he'll be in Maine for the Rendezvous.


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Well we are less than two weeks away from the Maine rendezvous. Some boats are traveling north right now and hopefully will be here on time.

None the less, we have a few vessels committed and several coming in by car. Hopefully anyone who has been on the fence can make the commitment to come up to Belfast and join in with the gang.

If you haven't responded yet and plan to come, please send me a direct email so I can get a head count. We may all end up at YOUNG'S LOBSTER POUND for a great downeast dinner together.

Weather in Maine has been spectacular this month. Lots of sun, no fog and temps in the mid 70's. The winds have been coming mostly from the SW at 12-15 knots. Perfect for those of you who are sailing NORTH.

HERON will be the registration vessel on July 1st. I should have the boat in place by noon. Kathy Messier is the harbormaster and will be in charge of securing dockage or moorings for our vessels.

Send those email responses to me!!!!

Don


Doug Campbell

Don,
Monica and I are readying ourselves for the start tomorrow of the return leg of the Bermuda One-Two. If we didn't improve on my time coming down, I guess we'd miss not only the rendezvous but also Monica's flight back to Philadelphia. But we've learned a lot and expect to outwit the calms and ride harsd on the big winds predicted for the route to Newport. Keep our spot open, please.
Doug and Monica Campbell


Don and Margaret Lacoste

Well the first Maine rendezvous was a great success. We only had two vessels there but both were special. JURA is a Westsail 32 masterpiece. It is impeccably maintained and beautifully appointed down below where the cabinetry is nothing less than fantastic.

HERON (formerly KEMANCHA) is the east coast former racer that won the Bermuda/Marion race, the Bermuda 1,2 and the Marblehead to Halifax, NS race.

All who attended seemed to enjoy both vessels for their own special features. We had owners from NY, Indiana, Montreal, Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina and Maine.

While we were enjoying a beautiful Maine afternoon on the foredeck of HERON with great food and cold beer and wine, Dodge Morgan came by to converse with the members and joined the gang for a first rate lobstah dinner on the docks of Young's Lobster Pound.

Our final day began with a great breakfast at the Penobscot Bay Inn with views of the bay and Blue Hill in the background. They the gang got to see the French & Webb boat building facility where they specialize in cold molded, one of a kind sailing vessels. They are currently restoring three Buzzard Bay 30's to historic details and specifications. These three 46 footers will be completed next May when all three will be launched on the same day.

Those of you who missed this rendezvous will never know what those who attended got to witness and enjoy first hand. It was a great time and I'm delighted to have taken the time and effort to put it all together.


Tom and Barb Koehl

Don and Margaret, you deserve a hearty well-done for hosting the Maine Rendezvous! This was our first rendezvous and it exceeded our expectations, both in the hospitality you and Margaret extended and in the wonderful exchange of information with truly great sailing folk. It's a shame that more boats didn't participate, but it's their loss. We're looking forward to the day when we can bring our W32. The tour of French and Webb was awe inspiring and we'll definitely be back next May for the launching of the three Herreshoff boats, if not sooner. Thanks again, Tom and Barb Koehl

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