New England Junket Aug 29-Sept 1, 2019

  • 15 Apr 2019 21:01
    Message # 7283837

    Planning has begun for the annual New England Junket for 2019. The gathering will take place in Gouldsboro Bay, Maine, from Thursday, August 29 – Sunday, September 1, and will include sailing together, visiting, and sharing some potluck/bring-your-own meals. We have also been invited to once again join our friends Chubba and Bonnie at their annual Labor Day lobster potluck, together with about 60 of their friends, on that Saturday, August 31.

    Last year we had a very good time, with about 20 junk rig sailors attending, five JR boats of various sizes, and another five boats with a variety of rigs all sailing together here in the bay.

    On the water, there are good places to anchor for large and small boats, two boat ramps, and protected coves for small craft, as well as easy access to/from the open ocean about 4 miles down the bay. Shore access is available via a deepwater dock on Gouldsboro Bay. On land there is a campground on the tidal, well-protected shore of Joy Bay, at the head of Gouldsboro Bay, and a couple of bed and breakfast inns about fifteen minutes away by car. Grocery stores, restaurants, and boat supplies/hardware are also available nearby.

    For more details, or just to let us know that you are planning to come, please reply to this post, or send an email to

    We hope to see you!


  • 17 Apr 2019 14:32
    Reply # 7286666 on 7283837

    Thank you for leading this charge once more, Shemaya.  I have blocked it out on my calendar and look forward to seeing everyone again.  

    You have a busy year in store, what with the R2AK and crossing the country twice.

    Last modified: 17 Apr 2019 14:33 | Anonymous member
  • 17 Apr 2019 17:03
    Reply # 7287008 on 7283837

    Hi Scott,

    This is great news! And yes, the amount of stuff I have going on at the moment is really something… Looking forward to the junket, when theoretically the dust will have somewhat settled! It'll be great to see you and Lisa, and to hear all the latest.



  • 17 Apr 2019 18:59
    Reply # 7287212 on 7283837

    Hi Shemaya, if work doesn't stop me again I will try to get up!  I bought a camper van in the last year so can do this!.

    Regards, David.

  • 17 Apr 2019 22:00
    Reply # 7291245 on 7283837

    David, that's great! Here's hoping for an opening in your work schedule :-)


    Last modified: 17 Apr 2019 22:04 | Anonymous member
  • 21 Jun 2019 18:15
    Reply # 7592419 on 7283837

    Shemaya here, writing from my recently changed position on the committee…

    New England Junket Updates

    Our plan is expanding a little bit. When Annie heard about this she called it a "rolling junket," which I think is perfect. The rolling junket plan:

    The original dates are still the main event: August 29 – September 1 in Gouldsboro, Maine, with lobster potluck on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the week, some JR folks are planning to sail together in the vicinity of Stockton Springs, which is at the head of Penobscot Bay about 60 water-miles west of Gouldsboro Bay. Stockton Springs Harbor has a good boat ramp, as well as good anchoring. From there, it's possible that two or three boats – or maybe more? – will sail over to Gouldsboro, with at least one overnight stop along the way. Possible overnight stopover harbors could be Mackerel Cove on the north side of Swan's Island; Little Cranberry Island; or Northeast Harbor on the south side of Mount Desert Island. Timing will depend completely upon weather, and who is in the area when. Something to do with Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday (August 26-28) is most likely.

    If you are interested in any part of the junket, please do be in touch ahead of time. It's possible to just show up, but it has happened in the past that we have missed people who arrived unannounced by land – if you make the trek to get there, we want to be sure to find you!

    Ways to reach us:
    posting a reply right here
    emailing me, Shemaya, at

    There is an email list for New England junket news – just let us know if you'd like to be on it. We hope to see you!


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