My favorite part of the sailing life is the constant opportunity to meet new people. We had a wonderful chance to do that at the SSCA Downeast Gam in Islesboro last weekend. We saw friends we met along the way here and got updates on what they've done in between. We saw a lot of people we'd only talked to on the radio and got to put faces with names. We met a few dozen new friends that we can now run into down the coast and have over for sundowners. We found out about great anchorages, moorings, restaurants, where to go to reprovision, do laundry, buy beer. I got a few new ideas for easy appetizers. We met a couple who have a cat named Clamshell who likes to ride in the dinghy. We got to sit and have morning coffee while listening to the loons, knowing that all over the anchorage other boaters were doing just the same.