Thanks to Jeff Wells and the sailing department for the following updates! Tent Day Sailing, June 30, 2010 Six hardy Chewonki sailors set sail for Castle Island Wednesday morning laden with lots of water, cameras, and plenty of lunch. They were going to sail the Shear Water, a new addition to Chewonki’s fleet. It’s a twenty foot lap strake sloop, recently donated to the Foundation. This was to be its inaugural cruise. The tide and wind were uncooperative so we decided to tow the Shear Water out of Monsweag Brook. The tender had four oars, so the sight of two sailors rowing in unison pulling the Shear Water looked like Admiral Nelson’s HMS Victory being towed out of Portsmouth Harbor (in one’s imagination at least). The wind freshened, the crew climbed aboard, and off they sailed, smiles all around. Forty-five minutes into it, the jib halyard block came away from the mast and down came the jib. The hardy crew threw out the anchor, doused the main, and sat down to think about it. They did the best thing they could think of: They had lunch. Bellies full, they hoisted the main, weighed the anchor and sailed off. The sky was clear, the wind was fresh, and the company was great. A good time was had by all. Chewonki Sailors Welcome Alford Lake Sailors Continuing a long tradition of inter-camp cooperation and fellowship, the sailors of Camp Chewonki hosted the sailors of Alford Lake Camp for an afternoon of sailing on Monsweag Bay. The girls entertained the whole camp with a rendition “Blueberry Blues” at lunch, then the seven girls of Alford Lake and seven boys from Chewonki divided themselves among seven boats: some solos, two duets, two trios, and one quartet (aboard the 20 ft. Shear Water). The tide was on our side, and the winds were semi-cooperative. All boats made it out into Monsweag Bay for some excellent reaches back and forth across the Bay. The afternoon ended too soon as the Alford Lake folks had to get back. All were grateful for the time together; and indeed, a good time was had by all.