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2010: Return to Maine

With our last two passages we came full circle to complete our 32,000 mile circumnavigation!

Home port!

Anchored in the home port! Flying flags from (almost) everywhere we’d been 🙂

We’d crossed the equator twice, rounded a difficult cape, crossed three vast oceans, and were finally back among the granite rocks and spruce-clad islands of Maine we’d left behind 4 years earlier.  Family and friends greeted our homecoming with cannon fire, champagne, and even a three-piece band(!) on June 28, 2010.

Decked out for the homecoming party!

Decked out for the homecoming party!


The first passage that truly felt as if we were nearing home was the 1000 or so nautical miles from Barbuda in the Caribbean to Bermuda.

Tropicbird investigates our sails

Tropicbird investigates our sails

Pelagic crab! They live in Sargassum weed that's characteristic of the N. Atlantic gyre.

Pelagic crab! They live in Sargassum weed that’s characteristic of the N. Atlantic gyre.

We arrived in St Georges, Bermuda after weathering a low pressure system and were excited to reunite with a few sailing friends in the beautiful historic harbor.

Beautiful Bermuda

We spent ten happy days on Bermuda, hiking to old forts, visiting the natural history museum where we learned about the island’s volcanic formation 100 million years ago, and diving on wrecks and coral (which was much healthier in the 72* temps than it had been in the 91* temps of the Caribbean).

Wreck diving!

Wreck diving!

As in so many of our ports around the world, our favorite times were spent with old and new voyaging friends.

Island barbecue!

Island barbecue!

Our final passage–800 miles north to Maine–gave us a little of everything: perfect broad reaching, strong headwinds, and dead calms. Because of the date we’d promised for our arrival, we broke a precedent we’d maintained over some 31,000 miles and motored for a full 24 hours.

Dolphins in the calm

Dolphins in the calm

Ellen reading

We crossed out of the warm, sapphire blue Gulf Stream on June 24 and discovered anew the green waters of New England. Thick fog greeted us when we entered the Gulf of Maine, but cleared for a magical, though bittersweet, landfall at dawn on June 27. After clearing Customs in Bar Harbor on Mt Desert Island, we made a leisurely sail west, stopping at an island, deserted save for two bald eagles, for a full night’s sleep before the next day’s homecoming party.

Maine

Two of our friends who came to the party joined us afterwards aboard Heretic for a short cruise of the area.     Sailing in fog

Bonfire

Check out earlier adventures on the Caribbean page 🙂

All text and photographs © Ellen Massey Leonard and Seton Leonard, 2015, All Rights Reserved.