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The Winter Star Doth Appear

Good morning everyone. We enjoyed a sunny sail yesterday and today looks to be much the same. Can you believe we have temperatures forecasted to get into the 80s again! This is crazy. The forecasted gusty NW winds never really came to be. This time of year it is tough to trust the NW wind. It can get some feisty as the warm Maine waters exacerbate the cool Arctic air pouring in behind departing cold fronts. We tucked a deep reef in the main underway as the winds began to pick up and just as quickly they died away.

We enjoyed a great lobster picnic on the beach at "Lobster Island". A trail leading to the top of the island gave us great views of the surrounding islands. There is a picture in our brochure of a woman on a hillside overlooking the schooner. As we stood on that same hill I realized that in the 20 years since this picture was taken the trees have grown to the point where we can just see the topmasts but not the hull anchored below us. It is always a little startling when you recognize change after the fact even though you have been watching it all along.

Speaking of change… with the passing of the autumnal equinox and temperatures slowly heading south with the sun the stars are beginning to change as well. At 0400 the constellation of Orion was well above the southeastern horizon and the winter star, Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major, made a brilliant appearance. Very cool.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

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