Thanks to Diabolo214 for this entry in our group writing project Top Sailing Destination on the Planet.
Drifting along the river early on a beautiful summer morning, watching the
wildlife on shore. Planing across a mile of bright sunny water on a breezy
afternoon. Cruising around a peaceful inlet as the sun sets behind the
pines. The New Meadows River off Casco Bay in Maine is the best spot to
sail in the world.
With your boat, be it Laser or Sonar just in front of the house, it's only a
couple of minutes to be afloat whenever the mood takes you. 1 mile across
and 3 miles from the open bay, there are many smaller inlets and islands to
explore. Seals can be seen basking on rocky ledges when the tide goes out.
Ospreys and Eagles are often seen sitting in the trees watching for prey and
their babies can be heard calling for food.
If you feel peckish yourself, Cundys Harbour is on the other side of the
river where Holbrooks can supply you with a drink, ice cream, or a lovely
lobster roll while you sit on their pier amongst the lobster boats as the
sun goes down.
Each Sunday all the local sailboats have a handicap race around the buoys
and the fleet can be anything from an Optimist to a Tartan 38. The "Excuses
Tea" follows as competitors sit on our deck, overlooking the river while
drinking tea or lemonade and cookies. The results are read out and excuses
start to flow with many stories about what might have been if only!
What could be better?