09/01/2014, Buzzards Bay
Much nicer day than forecast. Helena joined us for a nice sail around the bay. Had hoped to fly the kite as it was forecast to be 5-10 knots but in the end stayed above 15 knots and we sailed with the reef still in.
Tried the inside passage along the shore on the way out. Tricky around the rocks and doesn't seem to save much time.
08/24/2014, Vinyard Haven. 45NM
Left the house at 7am for a long Slog into wind and tide through Quicks hole. Overcast and with steep wind vs tide waves v wet (though at least this time it was alt water over the bow and not the fresh water tanks leaking). Fast run though. Very choppy over the middle ground around West Chop. Ended up running the motor as the GPS went out just when we needed it (leading to investigation on why the solar panel wasn't charging). Niki saw a shark.
Great mooring inside the breakwater watching the other masts fly around. Dinner at the Black Dog watching people move their (and other peoples) boats up and down the beach. Priceless.
Fast run back on Sunday am. through Woods hole (my god - motor boats reputations are sometimes deserved! Watching them throw up 3 ft wakes in front of everyone in constrained waters - including an ancient schooner taking through under sail with full right of way -as they went through the hole at 20 knots- enough to make you join the NRA and fire a broadside.
Niki sailed back way faster than I did and by the time we were home she had caught a fellow sailor to Padanaram that I let slip by at the Hole.
Late Lunch at the Sail Loft.
Equipment update: Something sat on the Windex so the wind directions are at least 30 degrees out.
The 100W Solar panel isn't working. The two 15W ones are (though they are both rusting from the screws on the J-Boxes!). Explains why after a couple of weeks of turning up and finding her fully charged we now find her 50% or less. Am sure it was working for a week or so. But now we are dead, so I hope a return is in our future.
The famous Black Dog Tavern.
Still the best place in town for dinner or Breakfast. Endless entertainment watching people trying to dock on the pier or the beach.
We are all now fully attired in Black Dog shirts and Socks.
Henry, Calum and his friend Yole came for a quick sail down to Mattapoissett.
Lunch at the Inn. return wasn't so much fun. Wind against tide so very bumpy. Back at the mooring at 7pm.
Stayed on the boat Friday night, as I had to futz the replacement cam cleat into place and it took a surprisingly long time as the six machine screws had to be drilled and tapped.
The next morning Niki and I decided to go to Mattapoisett despite it being into wind and current. Lots of current as it's a super moon weekend.
Bad decision. Took forever. Should have gone somewhere else.
Good lunch at the Inn tho.
The wind and tide were against us for the return back, of course.
Did get to unpack the spin and get it set up and furled. So two chores down.
Went down to the boat on our anniversary with Henry, Helena and her friend Jeremy. Boy did we all get wet!