We knew we would be in for it when we left our warm Florida Keys location and traded it in for Maine in April, but we had no way to know how chilled we would get. We got off the plane in Boston and we already needed a jacket. A short drive to Maine made us wish we had ski gear and a huge umbrella. We had neither. We lived in the sky boat for a week and we thought that was cold until it snowed 6 inches the day before we were to depart.
We set off on the open water and there was still a build up of snow on the side of our rails. The temperature outside was said to be fifty before we got into the open water and the windchill till it down to the high 30’s. People thought we were crazy to be on the ocean in April and we didn’t see many boats as we made it south from Jewel Island to Portland. We made it about forty five miles south to the Isla of the Shoals and it was still brisk and or freezing, depending on how you categorize cold. The next day we made it one hundred miles and I am pretty sure that I lost feeling in my toes for several hours as we ventured south to Cuttyhunk, MA. The next morning was, you guessed it, frozen and we sailed on to Newport, RI. It stopped raining long enough for us to get into the dinghy and head for town. Once we got into the dinghy it started raining again.