Thursday, August 1, 2013

Points East

Kay and Murray in the Narragansett

On July 24th, with Leo and Inky, we left Bristol, RI bound for Newport.  With the wind out of the south, we tacked our way out of the Narragansett.  After a wonderful day of sailing and a great dinner at the Moorings in Newport, we said goodbye to our guests and prepared to leave for points east the next morning.  The weather on the 25th was poor. With high seas and winds and fair to poor visibility we sailed to Cuttyhunk.  Cuttyhunk is the last of the Elizabeth Islands, a chain of islands that extend from Cape Cod into the North Atlantic and define Buzzards Bay to the North and Vineyard Sound to the South.  A tiring ride as the seas reached 4-6 feet and the winds were over 20 kts.  After a few bourbons and a good nights sleep in the protected inner harbor, we headed to Quissett Harbor to pick up Kay's daughter Tara and Chad.  
On Charlie and Cathy's mooring
in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

Once they were on board, the weather became beautiful.  We sailed to Edgartown and Vineyard Haven, both on Martha's Vineyard.  After returning to Quissett and saying good bye to Chad and Tara, we began our journey to Marblehead to meet Hanson Marine and Engineering for some fairly extensive engine work.  The journey to Marblehead is about 2/3 the distance to Maine.  Seems a shame not to continue there but unfortunately, time doesn't allow us this pleasure.
Chad and Tara

After one night in Plymouth, we were able to reach Marblehead with calm seas and clear skies.  Thursday and Friday will be engine work days, with Bobby and Dan pulling the rear end off the motor and replacing a rear seal.  Not a small or easy job to do while the boat is in the water.
Super Yacht on the Rocks in Woods Hole
In the Cape Cod Canal on way to Marblehead

While the boat is being repaired, we will explore Marblehead, a beautiful old sailing port, filled with homes from the 1700's, history, and stories.
At anchor in Hadley Harbor (Woods Hole)

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