Fetch: First week in Maine

by · August 22, 2013

After I arrived at the WoodenBoat School I learned that I was just in time for two great events. One was the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta and the other was the Small Reach Regatta.  I’ll show you the second in the next post.


I finally made it to Maine


arriving at night


The WoodenBoat School is located on a beautiful 60 acre waterfront site, that also houses the WoodenBoat Store and the publication building of WoodenBoat Magazine and Professional BoatBuilder. Everything appears in great shape and well organized. Every week there are many different classes, most of which are fully booked. Some students camp on site and some stay in student housing just up the road in Brooklin. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served for whoever signs up. Staff is very friendly and professional. Quite a place indeed.


publication building


one of the school buildings



start of an Arctic Tern


steam boat restoration


Down at the water there is a beautiful boathouse where the on-the-water classes are based. Out in front is a whole assortment of wooden row and sail boats tied to there moorings, that are used for classes during the day and are available for students after 5 PM. Launches zoom back and forth bringing students to there boats and back. Fetch gets launched and I get the use of one of the guest moorings, so I don’t have to worry about my anchor holding.  Schooners (windjammers) from Rockland come in in the afternoon to have a sunset lobster dinner on the beach across the bay.


boat house


launches at the float


fleet moored ready for classes


Beetle Cat in the fog


a Gartside design


guest boats


visit of a windjammer


push boat along side (the schooner doesn’t have an engine)


Fetch at a guest mooring

Caledonia Yawl of instructor Geoff Kerr


this Mackinaw Boat is part of the fleet


the Mackinaw Boat slips along easily


visiting norwegian Faering built in Rockland and a dory


I went by the Brooklin Boatyard on a foggy day and enjoyed the waterfront of Center Harbor. I visited Eric Dow’s shop just up the road. Eric was my instructor in Seattle Center for Wooden Boats years ago. For a long time he specialized in building Havens, but now he focuses on winter storage and maintenance. I stopped briefly by Brion Rieff’s shop where several new builds were underway.


Center Harbor in a fog


lots of beauty floating about


Eric Dow



Latte at the ‘Cave’


The day of the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta began with no wind and rain. Fetch couldn’t part take because one has to be at least 26′. About 100 classic wooden boats gathered for the start and I tried to stay out of the way with Fetch, but at some point I accidentally drifted over the start line; oops. The first classes started with a fair amount of wind, but by the time the bigger faster boats went over the line the wind had pretty much died. Millions of dollars worth of boats were just drifting about. Gradually the sea breeze came up and finally built to about 18 knots. By now the boats were really going. Just in front of me a beautiful big yacht, carrying a huge spinnaker, was heeling so much I thought it was going to put the mast in the water. Suddenly the boat just popped up after the spinnaker blew right in half.



skippers meeting


smallest boat meets biggest boat


big old gaffer running the start line










spinnaker blows in half


After the regatta hundreds of sailors gathered on the lawn at the waterfront for a BBQ and award ceremony. The day ended with an amazing sunset flooding a whole fleet of anchored classic boats in golden light. What a day!


BBQ afterwards




what a day!

Discussion5 Comments

  1. Wim says:

    Hei broertje, zo te lezen vermaak je jezelf nog prima daar tussen al die boten en bootmensen.
    Ik ben benieuwd naar je plannen verder.
    Wij staan op het punt van vertrek naar Lapland met z’n drieën. Al drie weken bezig met voorbereiden voor een tocht van 15 dagen door de wildernis. Wat en gedoe en wat een gewicht aan voedsel? Alles op drie ruggen!
    Je hoort nog wel hoe het was.

  2. DT says:

    Hey! I built that ‘Norwegian faering from Rockland’ with Paul Schweiss, now living in Anacortes. Nice to see her being used thirty five years later.

  3. Wes says:

    Hi Kees, Congratulations on reaching the Atlantic! It looks beautiful there, and the boats are beautiful too.

    Hope you are well,

    Wes (from Tumbleweed)

  4. Steve W says:

    I loved your pictures and story. I was up in Muscongus bay the week before in my Sea Pearls with two others and we stayed on Crow Island. I posted some pictures for all in the link. Also, I like the new design you have!

    Take Care,

  5. Dale McKinnon says:

    Kees, finally! You made it! Congrats… Please keep the blog posts coming. I love reading about what you are doing and where you are going.

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