New England Junket 2 – 4 September, 2023

  • 08 Apr 2023 20:16
    Message # 13161263
    September 2 – 4, 2023 (Labor Day weekend)
    Shemaya Laurel and friends hosting on the Maine coast 

    New England Junket is back!

    September 2 – 4 (Labor Day weekend) 2023
    Gouldsboro Bay, Maine

    For those coming from Penobscot Bay, possible sailing in company from Stockton Springs, Maine (about 60 miles) to Gouldsboro. Depart Stockton Springs on Wednesday, August 30 to arrive Gouldsboro Bay on Friday or Saturday, 9/1 or 9/2. (Departure date subject to change depending on weather.)

    Friday 9/1
    Earlybird potluck meet-up at Shemaya and Suzanne's deck – timing TBD depending on weather and arrivals

    Saturday 9/2
    Sailing in Gouldsboro Bay, followed by an invitation to Chubba and Bonnie's annual lobster potluck. Thank you Chubba and Bonnie!!!

    Sunday 9/3
    More sailing. Potluck gathering for brunch or supper, depending on weather, sailing, and departure plans

    Monday 9/4
    Light breakfast potluck, visit and send-off


    – Anchoring in Gouldsboro Bay, with several well-sheltered coves; possible moorings available
    – One paved boat ramp; one half-tide gravel boat ramp, both free
    – camping at Schoodic Woods (Maine-Ayr has closed)
    – local B&Bs and motels

    The New England Junket is a gathering of friends interested in Junk Rig. There is no charge, and all participants accept full responsibility for our own well-being and decisions, on land and on the water. Registration is requested, to help with planning. Please write to for more information; to register, go here.

    We hope to see you!

    All best wishes,

    Shemaya Laurel
    Great Auk
    Gouldsboro, Maine



    New England Junket 2018 – photo credit Craig Pursell

    Great Auk 2020 – photo credit Christopher Lariviere

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  • 09 Apr 2023 05:51
    Reply # 13161590 on 13161263

    Yay!  That's good news!  Have you told Pete and Linda on Kokachin?  They might be heading back from Nova Scotia by then.

  • 09 Apr 2023 11:50
    Reply # 13161645 on 13161263

    Yes! We've been in touch. So excited that we might see them here, whether for the junket or sometime afterwards, if they are not this far south quite so early. Terrapin may also be on their way south from Nova Scotia in September. Wouldn't it be a thrill to see everybody here in the bay!

  • 04 Aug 2023 00:50
    Reply # 13236353 on 13161263

    Greetings all,

    September is getting closer… We've heard from a few JRA members who are planning to come for the New England Junket (Sept 1 – Sept 4). Anybody else considering it?

    If all goes well, we will see Debbie, Mike, and Nicholas on Terrapin, who are talking about coming here on their way north from the Chesapeake. And who knows about the timing on Linda and Pete, on Kokachin, who might be southbound, though perhaps later on – maybe in time for the Chesapeake junket! Our new JRA webmaster, Rafael, is coming up by land from Florida, and a couple of folks from nearer by are planning on it. JG is looking to have Brenda B in the water – the boat that formerly had its home with Phil Brown and is now housed in this part of Maine. Plus my sailing barge, Great Auk and our little JR dinghy Marigold.

    Come by land or sea, to expand the fleet! Good places to anchor and a pretty bay to sail in, and excellent company :-)

    Campground information is below – please note that this is different than the original reference at Schoodic Woods, which is now full.

    For more information, or to let us know you're coming: 

    Hope to see you!

    Coming by boat:
    Joy Bay, at the head of Gouldsboro Bay, between the towns of Gouldsboro and Steuben, Maine
    NOAA chart #13324, Tibbett Narrows to Schoodic Island
    Updated chartlet with anchorages, boat ramps, and shore activity locations coming soon.
    This is a good area for trailer boats as well as cruisers. There is a paved ramp suitable for keel boats, and half-tide gravel ramp into a very sheltered cove that is good for dinghies and other smaller boats.

    Coming by land (detailed directions to host houses sent by email):

    – Rafael will be staying at Red Barn Motel in Milbridge, Friday night to Sunday night

    – McClellan Park Campground
    McClellan Park Road
    Milbridge, Maine
    GPS: 44.484151, -67.854183

    Caretaker:  Bobby  Call his cell: 207-546-6183 to make reservations. Best to call during business hours EDT (UTC-4).  All other phone numbers on various websites are wrong.

    Campsites:  $15/night. Pay by cash or check upon arrival.

    Really beautiful rustic campground and day use park looking out on the open water, about 15 minutes drive from junket activities.


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