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Lots of boats come to Oriental, some tie up at the Town Dock for a night or two, others drop anchor in the harbor for a while. If you've spent any time on the water you know that every boat has a story. The Shipping News on TownDock.net brings you the stories of the boats that have visited recently.

Sail Magazine ICW Rally In Oriental
1st time visit to Oriental for many new cruisers
November 6, 2015

Donna Schlachman was traveling with her husband, Rob Becker, aboard Kinship, ae Hunter 380. She was recovering from Halloween night on Sunday morning with a time out for Tai’ chi. She and Bob live 6 miles from the ocean in Seacoast, New Hampshire, not far from Exeter, home of the famed Exeter Academy. Like many from New Hampshire, they keep their boat in Maine.

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Donna Schlachman took advantage of being in port for Tai Chi exercises.
She said, “New Hampshire has only 18 miles of coast, but Maine has about 4,000 miles of beautiful coastline marked by granite cliffs. They do have more lobster pots than you have crab pots but the big deal in Maine is the rocky coast. They say if you have not hit a rock sailing off Maine, you have not sailed off Maine’s coast.”

George and Anne Golensky are from Monroe, Connecticut, 12 miles from Bridgeport, 6 miles from the ocean. This is their first journey this far south. They hired a captain to help them make it to Hampton for the start of this rally. George is a retired pathologist; Anne is a retied occupational therapist.

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Eight year sailing veterans, but novices to southern sailing, George and Anne Golensky on their Tartan 3700.
Following what is common to many making this trip, their house is on the market back in Connecticut as they plan to look for a new home in Florida. “We plan to leave the boat in Florida after January and return to Connecticut for the spring to be there when our house will hopefully sell.”

“When our house sells, we will come back and sail the keys and the Bahamas. We’ll live on the boat while we look for a permanent residence. We don’t have a time frame for that. We could live on the boat for a few months or a few years.”

George noted their first “adventure” was in the Dismal Swamp Canal. “We hit some logs in dismal swamp; there seem to be a lot of logs there as we felt the bumps. We had another challenge at the Wilkerson Bridge. Our mast is 62 ft 4 inches, close to 65 with antenna and wind indicator. I actually climbed up to take that down when we went under that bridge. Other than that, no surprises.”

“The Dismal Swamp Canal was a little more narrow than I thought it would be. It’s like a small road and has a smaller channel than we expected, but it was picturesque.”

George said they had taken in Oriental on foot: “We been walking around Oriental, the riverfront, all the way to Deaton’s. We really like it here. The waterfront is beautiful. We have enjoyed going to the coffee Bean for coffee and to the marine store (Inland Waterway Provision Co).”

“I think Oriental houses are well maintained and everyone is extremely friendly. Everyone knows everybody,” said Anne. George echoed her; “It’s just a picturesque town with beautiful churches like the Methodist Church. The houses and the churches have a manicured look.”

Not a long time sailor, George described why they sail instead of adopting other recreational habits. “We like the fact that we can use the power of wind to get places instead of using a lot of energy. It’s nice to sail quietly with no engine, the wind pushing you along.” Anne said, “It makes us feel we are in touch with nature.”

George added, “Sailing makes us be really in touch with the wind and the weather. That keeps us aware of the surroundings. And sailing, we are in no big hurry, we accept the fact that we are moving slowly.”

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A left-over spooky sky from Halloween draped the Oriental Harbor Sunday evening as daylight, by the clock, was one hour less on Sunday.

Posted Friday November 6, 2015 by Ben Casey

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