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Cuttyhunk to Sandwich
06/28/2008

Qiuck and easy trip up from Cutthunk and through the Cape Cod Canal to the Sandwich Marina in the the Harbor of Refuge just inside the east entrance.

As you can see from the photo, we weren't alone in our transit. You can see the tug's tower just above the barge 's hull as he pushes it along.

Fishers Island to Cuttyhunk
06/27/2008

Got off early and spent 7 hours in 4-6' quartering seas as we crossed Block Island sound. No wind today either. Cuttyhunk was awelcome sight when it finally emerged out of the glop.

We were amazed to find ourselves in the middle of some kind of sailboat rendezvous with more than eighty boats jammed into Cuttyhunk harbor. Very orderly and civil however.

At Fishers Island
06/26/2008

Spent a delightful day just hanging out and catching up on some reading. Fishers is a beautiful and quite spot. We were treated to a marvelous sunset.

Branford to Fishers Island Catching Up!
06/25/2008

Marie and I decided to make Branford the turn around point. Grandchildren visiting ME and some emerging family and business obligations dictate a leisurely voyage home from here.

The trip to Fishers was 100% sailing. 10-15 knots apparent, wind on the beam smooth seas and clear skies...priceless. At last we are able to silence the iron wind and take advantage of the prevailing southwesterlies that have been in our face until now.

Note stressed out skipper.

At Branford
06/24/2008

Skipper was obliged to dive into spares for a new alternator belt. Greased fingernails and blue language ensued. First you remove the refrigeration compressor and THEN you install the belt. Marie says it builds character.

Weather remains unpredictable with forecasts of PM t-showers that rarely materialize. Note photo of large cumulus cloud gaining altitude and a nimbus form...and then nothing.

06/27/2008 | JoAnne Loretti
Well there you go! If Marie said " It builds character" then... It must be so! Could this be a brand new chapter of "Groomin' for Greatness"...the Senior years??? lol
Enjoying the daily reading of your blog and living vicariously thru you guys. Needless to say... not much gov. work getting done today! JoAnne
Three Mile Harbor to Branford Ct.
06/23/2008

Spent a quiet Sunday 6/22 on the boat at Three Mile Harbor just enjoying the fine weather and the surroundings.

Moved on to Branford today and got some sailing in for part of the trip. Ran through a mid afternoon thunder storm with plenty of lighting to spice up the trip. Anchoring possibilities on the Ct. shoreline are few. Most of them leave you exposed to the prevailing southerlies so we chose to spend the night at the Bruce Johnson/Brewer Marina in Branford and will probably wait until Wednesday to move on to Port Jefferson L.I. More then.

06/24/2008 | Scot Blessington
Glad you figured out to fix the technology we were getting ready to send out the coast gaurd..........-) Sounds like you are enjoying yourselves with the proper amount of pampering along the way....look forward to pictures of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhatten skyline......Be safe and enjoy!! Love you!!! the B's in NC
06/24/2008 | Scot Blessington
Glad you figured out to fix the technology we were getting ready to send out the coast gaurd..........-) Sounds like you are enjoying yourselves with the proper amount of pampering along the way....look forward to pictures of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhatten skyline......Be safe and enjoy!! Love you!!! the B's in NC
06/26/2008 | hildy
Good Morning Happy Sailors. This is the first time I have visited your blog. Great pics. Stay out of the rain and continue to enjoy your sail. Rich bought a dingy and it is my new favorite boat - love rowing around the creeks. I am off to NYC the second wk. of July and Rich will be out sailing the end of that week NYC to RI? cheers and love to you both, Hildy

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