The Mount Desert Island Float-in,
hosted by the Northeast Fleet, will take place Saturday and
Sunday, July 23-24, 2005. Try to arrive as soon as possible
to ensure that you'll get a mooring.
Located just east of the entrance to Somes Sound is where you'll
find scenic Northeast Harbor. You can't anchor here but the town
rents about 50 moorings which are identified by bright green pickup
buoys with 3-digit numbers on the floats. They vary in weight
so boats 30-40 feet should use the 300 series moorings and boats
20-30 feet should use the 200 series moorings.
Pickup a mooring then check-in with the harbormaster or call
in advance (VHF Ch. 9, 16, 68; 207-276-5737)
and have one assigned. Another 25 boats can be accommodated on
floats moored in the harbor. The moorings and floats can't be
reserved until the day you plan to arrive. The town mooring agent
will come to collect the fee. If the town moorings are all taken,
additional moorings may be available from Clifton's Dock
(207-276-5308) or the MDI Water Taxi (VHF
Ch. 16, 68; 207-244-7312). If you prefer a slip, you
can get one from Northeast Harbor Marina (VHF
Ch. 9, 16, 68; 207-276-5737).
If you'd like to go ashore, row your dinghy to the dinghy floats
farthest north of the marina and parallel to the shore.
The Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce's shingled "Yachtsman's
Building" is right by the marina, with showers (the
key will be in the harbormaster's office after hours), a reading
room, a book swap and newspapers.
This is an informal event so participating crews can decide how
they'll get together for conversation, snacks and dinner Saturday
afternoon and evening. We can either get together for a potluck
or go ashore.
If we decide to do a potluck, let's climb aboard the largest
Cape Dory in attendance, or whichever crews offer the use of their
boats, for snacks, cocktails and a potluck dinner shared amongst
the crews. So please bring snack/meal items to be shared. And
don't forget to bring your preferred beverages! Please help the
"host" crews to clean-up afterwards and offer to row
the trash ashore for them.
If we decide to go ashore our choices are the Main Sail
Restaurant (207-276-5857) at the Kimball
Terrace Inn right on the water on Huntington Road; Northeast
Harbor Cafe (207-276-4151) on Main Street; Colonel's
Restaurant & Deli (207-276-5147) on Main Street;
the 151 Main Restaurant (207-276-9898), also
on Main Street, and the Docksider Restaurant
(207-276-3965) on Sea Street. (Click
here for a land map of Northeast Harbor.)
How about a potluck breakfast together on Sunday morning before
Please monitor VHF Ch. 16 and 72 for fleet communications
-- call "Cape Dory Fleet".
Can't sail to the float-in? Why not drive? Bring your handheld
VHF so that you can contact the "Cape Dory Fleet" via
Ch. 16 or 72 and let them know you're there and meet up with one
of the crews at the dinghy dock.
There are no registration fees associated with this event. But
ONLINE or contact Cathy
Monaghan via e-mail or at 732-381-3549 and let her
know if you'll be there.
Take exit 182A in Bangor. This will put you on I-395 East.
Take exit 6A. This will put on route 1A East.
Follow route 1A East to Ellsworth.
Proceed straight through all the traffic lights in Elsworth
(4). After the 4th light, you will be on Route 3 East.
Follow Route 3 East to the head of Mt. Desert Island.
At the head of the Island, Route 3 veers to the left, and
Route 102 is straight ahead. You need to go straight on Route
Follow route 102 untill you come to a traffic light. At this
point turn left onto route 198.
Follow Route 198 straight into Northeast Harbor. Before you
get to the village itself, you will see a sign indicating
a left turn on Harbour Drive to the Marina. Make this turn.
At the bottom of the hill, follow the circle around to the
right to the marina.
Dave Potts and his family, aboard his CD30 Andronikos,
will be cruising in the area after the float-in at Northeast Harbor
on their way home to Casco Bay. Any Cape Dorys and their crews
that would like to stick around and cruise along side Andronikos
are welcome to do so. His post-float-in itinerary follows:
- Mon., Jul 25 -- Buck Harbor (Steel Band street concert)
- Tue., Jul 26 -- Camden
- Wed., Jul 27 -- Tenants Area (somewhere between Muscle Ridge
Channel and St George River, depending on weather and whim)
- Thu., Jul 28 -- St. John/Damariscotta River area (Seal Cove
on Damariscotta River?)
- Fri., Jul 29 -- Boothbay Harbor
- Sat., Jul 30th -- Sebasco Harbor Resort
Cape Dorians are welcome to join Andronikos
anywhere along her route. For additional details, please contact
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