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CHANGES With reports this month from Convergence's return to US waters after a long absence; Pino's circuitous cruise to Japan; another cautionary crew tale from Victoria; and the realities of chartering in Mexico from Jersey Girl — followed by a just dessert of Cruise Notes.

Randy, Sally-Christine and Kent-Harris "might" complete their circumnavigation by 2020. Or '21.

crossing from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, we were excited to arrive in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island. We enjoyed checking out the town, the bars and especially the IYRS School of Technology and Trades, where they were rebuilding a 21ft Northeast Challenger, the type of boat Randy and his family learned to sail on. It blew like stink getting up to the Beverly Yacht Club. And our annual cutthroat family croquet tournament in Marion, Massachusetts, was played enthusiastically in the rain. Weather notwithstanding, nothing beats sailing on Buzzards Bay! We gathered friends and family for several lovely sunset reaches across her broad flanks and visited old haunts in the Elizabeth Islands. At 450 feet LOA, the six-masted 'Wyoming' was the largest wooden schooner ever built. For some idea of scale, that's 100 feet longer than Hyde Street Pier's 'Balclutha'.

The Cape Cod Canal provided an interesting inland shortcut to Scituate Harbor, where Randy first learned to sail. An impromptu reunion of Thayer Academy high school buddies resulted in a raucous night of storytelling over libations in our cockpit. Our trip north was uneventful, save for spotting the largest white shark dorsal fin we've ever seen, reaffirming the importance of protecting the ocean's top predators — and a reminder not to jump overboard, no matter what! Maine is crazy busy in summer. We spent Fourth of July under a shower of Booth Bay fireworks with hundreds of other floating celebrants. We raised our new sails (made by Dave Hodges of Santa Cruz) and navigated Thread of Life passage where picturesque islets led us to Pemaquid, site of the first recorded act of piracy in New England (1632 by Englishman Dixie Bull). We were treated to another unexpected rocket's red glare off the old clam factory processing pier where the illuminated Contented Sole restaurant rocked the night away in celebration of Old Bristol Days. In the morning, a loud parade of lobstermen powered out the cut leaving steep wakes and wide grins on their way to the Lobster Boat Races. Those grins are particularly wide these days. Cod prey on baby lobster and the collapse of the cod fishery has led to a boom in lobster. Lobstermen in Maine all seem to have new trucks and wellappointed boats. We were told that 747s filled with Maine lobster are heading to Asia where lobster is the new delicacy. A consequence of this for the rest of us is that sailing this coast is like navigating a driving range — there are lobster floats everywhere. We were headed out to Monhegan Island when our brand-new alternator failed, filling the engine room with smoke. Not a happy moment. We have a sophisticated automated fire system, but my Girl Scout instincts made me grab the galley fire extinguisher, just in case. There was a stiff chop, and without an engine, we rolled through the carnival-colored lobster pots that spread out like confetti on the surface. Randy disconnected our "new" alternator and cleared the CONVERGENCE


Convergence — Wylie 65 Randy Repass, Sally-Christine Rodgers and Kent-Harris Rodgers A West Coast Boat Down East Santa Cruz Convergence has not been in US waters since 2004. After a 15-day Atlantic

smoke. An improper installation shorted the fuse and blew up the regulator. The crisis was averted with spare parts, and Randy's electrical engineering know-how — he can fix anything! Camden and its friendly neighbor, Rockport, are must-stops for sailors, with fun shops, restaurants, and a great history. Camden and environs have been on the map as the center of shipbuilding since before the Civil War. The first six-masted schooner, George W. Wells, was built in Camden in 1900. The largest wooden schooner ever built, the 450-ft LOA Wyoming, was built in Bath in 1909. Winter Harbor on Vinalhaven Island is a long reach of coves that hourglass in and out of the rock ledges that border this protected anchorage. Seals bask on exposed ledges and bald eagles, heron, gulls and cormorants forage the mud flats below sensually shaped rocks that sprawl seductively below the tree line. We were delighted to see the aerobatic dance of Arctic terns. Our night in Winter Cove was peaceful.

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