2021 North American Rally
Hermit Island, Maine * August 14-21
attendees confirmed thus far
declaration of seaworthiness
updated: 4 October 2020 at 1141 hrs
Notice of Rally
From: Tom Graefe [mailto:email@example.com]
NA Cruise Rally—Hermit Island 2021 (August 14-August 21) --Update #1
Following on the heels of this difficult spring and summer, we all wonder what the sailing season will hold for 2021. At the very least we can plan for getting together and hope for the best!
This is the initial call for participants for the 2021 Cruise Rally at Hermit Island. This will be the sixth time we have held a rally at Hermit Island (starting in 2005) so most of the reservation and planning process will be familiar to those who have attended before. A brief review of the locale is included, followed by instructions for registering.
If you are interested read on.
If you are not planning on attending and do NOT want to receive future emails about the 2021 Rally, please reply and let me know that.
Hermit Island Overview
Hermit Island Campground at Small Point is a large privately run campground on the very tip of Cape Small. Hermit Island is about 25 minutes south of Bath and Bath is approximately 35 miles east of Portland. Cape Small marks the eastern boundary of Casco Bay. Casco Bay is beautiful, full of interesting islands, and perfect for Wayfarer cruising. There are rally write-ups and photos from past years available on the CWA site for those not familiar with the setting and available cruises. Future emails will be provide more information as well.
This is cold water, coastal sailing with 10 foot tides and exposure to the Atlantic Ocean. All boats and crew need to be prepared with proper options for rigging and anchoring, as well as suitable clothing. More details will be included in future updates.
There are a variety of options for day cruises out of Hermit Island, including familiar destinations:
Docking & Mooring
As noted in past rally announcements, Hermit Island has limited space compared to the other two regular venues (Wellesley Island and Killbear).
The main option for dockage is at the public first-come first serve Yardarm dock co-located with the put-in ramp, both adjacent to the block of sites we plan to reserve.
Unlike in the past there is virtually no space at the marina (only one slot available). So whereas in the past we have had several boats at the marina, in 2021 that is not an option and experience from prior rallies suggest this will constrain the number of boats for this rally to about 15, pending review of those who are prepared to moor their Wayfarer.
There are two available HI moorings and in the past some Wayfarers have set their own mooring, and this has been a help with the limitations.
In your reply to this email please indicate if you are able and willing to set your own mooring.
Advice on setting your own mooring will be included in a future email.
Finally, a number of regular attendees of the Hermit Island Rally have opted to add a motor to their Wayfarer to ease the travel in and out of the Branch within Cape Small Harbor.
Hermit Island supports our group by allowing us to send in one letter with a list of requested sites. Hermit Island then bills all the parties listed in that request individually. You can reserve independently if you so choose, but please let me know your intention to do so. Rates for 2020 were apx. $49/night for choice sites.
I will compile the list and send it to Hermit Island at the beginning of December. I would like to complete the initial reservation list by November 1.
As in the past, for 2021 we have been allowed to request sites grouped together along the Branch, including East Tack Way site numbers 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 and Branch Site numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14. We also have had some folks on Harbor Grove 2.
If you have not been to Hermit Island their website now has pictures of the sites online
What I'll need from you:
If you are participating, but do not require a campsite reservation please let me know your dates of attendance, number of people and boat name/number.
Once the draft registration list is complete, I’ll send it out for your final review before I send it to Hermit Island.
COVID 19 and refunds
Hermit Island’s policy for 2020 was to provide full refunds for all reservations cancelled by Hermit Island due to Maine State restrictions. The manager told me that would be the policy going forward if such constraints came into play next season. I do not know if this refund policy included ongoing cross-border restrictions in 2020 I.e., where HI is open according to Maine rules, but folks cannot enter the USA. Standard cancellation policy for Jan/Feb week-long reservations is a fee of $125, the deposit amount.
Staying at a B&B?
Hermit Island has strict rules about campground access and an around the clock gate person, as well as car limits on campsites. I think Uncle Al is the expert on this, so if you are considering staying outside the campground I suggest consulting him. In the past it has not been a problem for our group.
Fun at the Hermit Island Rally 2008
(3 Oct 2020) In 2021 we hope to return to the marvelous mid-coast region of
The location, Hermit Island Campground at Point Small, is a large privately run campground on the very tip of
For anyone who has not previously sailed this rugged coast, this will be a totally new and exhilarating encounter. We will enjoy the thrill of open sea sailing, the scenic grandeur of
For those who have not been at
About the region.
The rally cruising will include island visits and beach landings, as well as other sailing activities.
There is an outstanding small boat harbor which includes a paved launch ramp, large dinghy float, and several moorings. Space at the float and moorings is free on a first-come basis. Near the southern harbor entrance is a marina where slips can be rented. The dinghy float and moorings should be able to accommodate many, but possibly not all, of the Wayfarers. The other option is to anchor out. (The tidal range is on the order of 8 to 10 feet.) Other
About Reservations at
Hermit Island will bill directly the individuals listed. They will send one bill after they complete the reservations. The bill will show a due date for the $125.00 deposit, and a due date for the remaining balance after deposit. You may send full payment at once, or send a deposit followed by the balance but they do not generally send another bill after they receive a deposit unless we are asked. So you may send full payment or break it down into two separate payments. After the site is paid in full we will send out a confirmation.
Any subsequent changes and adjustments will be handled on a direct basis (the organizers don't need to get involved in schedule changes). Note that these winter reservations for 7 days for Prime sites are special—so changes have their own rules. Click here for more detailed change/cancellation policy.
Photos of many of the requested campsites can be viewed here.
The Main Campground Rules: One car per site, no pets. If more than one car is needed, there is off-site parking at the trailer park campground just outside the drive off the main highway leading to Hermit Island. Cost is $5/day. Consult the website for more information on campground policies.
For reservations, keep your eye out for billing from Hermit Island.
For rally planning there will be additional emails and updates to this page regarding:
link to updates will be placed here
registrations received so far