Most boats stick to the beaten path (blue line) when passing between Jericho Bay and the Mt. Desert area on the coast of Maine. With a forecast of 5 to 10 Southwesterly, I couldn't resist heading up this secluded stretch of sailing.
Broad reaching in the light wind - after a few miles, we were the only sailboat in sight(no surprise to us).
Our speed pulsed between 3.5 in the light air and 6 or so knots in the gusts to 10. The wind is muffled as it's coming over the mainland and the water gets flatter as you ascend the bay.
We filled the big hole between our main and mizzen with the mizzen staysail. Our old WP steered very well (with the rudder gain set to 1 or 2) which allowed me to tweak sails and takes pictures. No boat traffic, lobster buoys disappear, it's a relaxing sail.
Toward the end, Long Island (which is truly long) and the mainland begin to close in around you. 12 or 14 miles of beautiful sailing, over too soon.
There was one other boat anchored in the inner harbor. They left the next morning, and we had it all to ourselves.
Have you gotten off the beaten path this season?