Damriscotta A Wrap: 1/16

There are still a couple of boats on the ice, but snow forecast to begin late tomorrow will likely send them home. The SW wind today turned on right as forecast and blew 10-15 all day Bright sunshine, warm temps and the ice just keeps getting better and better. The Cheapskates were out in force and were reported to have had a small regatta. No results in yet. Even the Lockly Skimmers got going nicely in the strong steady breeze. A trio of boats went down the SW Arm all the way to the usual dead end narrows:

We post this same photo each time we go here, looking forward to the day we can get through and go all the way to Damariscotta Mills.
There’s an amazing fish ladder there, and the alewives run up the ladder in the spring is not to be missed. From the salt marsh just below, the Damariscotta river flows to the sea. The river has become famous in recent years for it’s oysters. There are a number of producers, and the flavor is absolutely unique. Of course this year, now that we’ve salted the source with a number of boats and sailors, next season’s harvest might be a bit bitter.
Along the Arm on a small island were a camp of ice fisherman with a roaring fire along shore. What a treat to sail through the plume of woodsmoke and take deep drags of it. The SW wind was blowing right up the center, so we short tacked up the few miles, and then went down in long sweeping gybes. Absolutely some of best sailing, especially considering we couldn’t get down here at all last year.

This has been one of the most fabulous runs on Damariscotta Lake in a long time, and over a holiday weekend, no less. Thanks to Mike Acebo for coming all the way from Long Island and getting some major ice time. Please forgive the old harp, but if you don’t get it while the gettin’s good, you surely ain’t gonna get it when it’s not! Drive the car.

One glimmer of hope for Maine is South Twin. It has wet out and froze well. Snow forecast there is about 50% as of now. Temps will be just about right. Fill up the tank and stand by!

The New England results were dropped from the last post, so find them here: 2017 New England Championship Results – DN North America

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