Cruisers heading to Maine this summer should mark their calendars for the 23rd annual SSCA Down East Gam at Gilkey’s Harbor, Islesboro, Maine. The Gam will be held on August 3, 2013, to give cruisers time to arrive, cruise Maine or Nova Scotia then head back south.
This year’s Gam will kick off on Friday afternoon, August 2nd with a dinghy raft-up cocktail party. Come ashore Saturday August 3rd at 11:00 and bring your contribution to the potluck lunch at Dick and Kathy de Grasse’s (s/v Endeavour) cottage on Islesboro Island. Coordinates 44º16.9’N, 68º 55.9’W will put you in sheltered Broad Cove in front of the cottage.
There’s plenty of room to anchor in all-weather Gilkey’s Harbor. Dinghies can land on the seaweed beach in front of the cottage or tie up at the town dock (free) and walk 1/4-mile to the cottage. Following lunch, Rob Snyder, the incoming president of the Maine Island Institute, will speak about Maine islands: Economic challanges and opportunities and what you need to know while cruising. T-shirts will be for sale. SSCA members and non-members are welcome. Sixty-three boats anchored in the harbor last year. For more information, call cell: 781-635-5439. After June 1st, call: 207-734-6948 at the cottage.