06 July 2013 | Vineyard Haven, MA
I have posted a new round of pictures in the gallery so check them out. We decided to stay at Block Island another day because of the fog and the postponed fireworks (due to the fog), and we got to take several good walks around the island. On the third and forth boats kept piling in and before we left we estimated 1500 boats all crammed into this anchorage. There were some huge sailing vessels and some of Newport’s finest. At night the harbor was a forest of lights. You can imagine all the yelling and screaming as people tried to find spots to anchor. Right before dark in fog so thick you could hardly see the next boat with wind at 25 knots, someone anchored right on top of us, so we planned to leave the craziness at first light.
The next day was bright and clear and we headed out in a light southwesterly and into a sloppy sea which made for an uncomfortable ride. The autopilot was not able to hold the course so I had to hand steer all day. We sailed through Block Island Sound and into the lee of Martha’s Vineyard. With the tide working against us we motor sailed up to the northwest corner and down into Vineyard Haven. This is a large bay with plenty of anchoring room, which was a nice contrast from Block Island. It’s a beautiful harbor with several schooners working in the day sail trade.
Molly had a craving for clams so we hopped a bus over to Oak Bluffs and Giordono’s , reported to be the best for clams. I’m happy to say the reports were correct and we had a wonderful dinner and nice walk back to the dinghy dock.
We plan to stay here a day or two and see the sites. Molly wants to drop in to say hello to Carly. From here we need to try to find some affordable fuel and shoot through Wood’s Hole up to Buzzard’s Bay and on to the Cape Cod Canal.