HITTING THE ROCKS: Hylas 70 Dismasted in Maine

9 Aug

Archangel on rocks

Even in this age of push-button electronic navigation, it’s not too hard to hit the bricks when cruising the Maine coast. The photo up top is of Archangel, a Hylas 70 on charter that hit some rocks in Penobscot Bay near Lasell Island on Wednesday. Reportedly, they were under sail at the time, sailing east toward North Haven at a speed of 6-7 knots, and the rig came down on impact.

Pen Bay chart

The best info at this point is that they hit the submerged rocks shown here between East Goose Rock and Lasell Island

I know this bit of water pretty well. I anchored off the east side of Lasell on my Goldern Hind 31 Sophie some years ago and took a hike around. It’s a private island, it turned out, with a fancy house and lots of over-the-top outbuildings on it.

I also was the designated rock pilot on Dorade when we sailed right through the mine field in question during an NYYC Squadron Run race. Of course, I was paying very close attention to the chart as we went through. In this case, I suspect the skipper and crew were entertaining guests and had a few different balls in the air at the same time.

Archangel under sail

Archangel in top form, afloat with the rig up

The boat, which seems to be for sale, was reportedly taken to Wayfarer Marine in Camden for repairs and an investigation is underway.


  1. Charlie Graham

    Good morning “Humble”. I never know where you and your words of wisdom are going to turn up next. And I had forgotten that you had been to sea in your youth. I saw those barnacles on your bottom but thought they were from an especially slow voyage to Southern Island with Marcia. My best to you both. I’m taking my daughter’s family out to the bar between Lasell and Lime Is. and wanted to be sure the area wasn’t littered with wreckage and bodies.

  2. Dick Rapalyea

    I have sailed and raced through there and it’s not hard, but I think this illustrates just how easy it is crack up.

  3. Charles Doane

    @Humble: Good to hear from you, sir. I’ll be sure to hire you as rock pilot next time I’m sailing on Penobscot Bay!

  4. Robert Karl Skoglund

    When I was 20-21 years old I was often on the helm of the Cutter Laurel. We ran in between all of the islands between the St. Croix River and Rockland Harbor setting buoys. And in the two years I was aboard her we never scraped bottom.

    Although I haven’t steered a boat since 1957, from what little I remember, it takes a lot of doing to put a boat on the rocks. I’d like to see a sober adult capable of doing it.

    The humble Farmer, 785 River Road, St. George, ME 04860


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