Our intention this weekend was to head to Newport on Friday night and then head on to Cuttyhunk on Saturday, returning on Sunday...
Bad day at work can sometimes mess with the schedule and Laurie's day was particularly poor. We therefore decided to stay on the dock at NEB and drown her sorrows instead! I decided to have a go at equalizing the batteries again - so set them to it as we went to bed. Laurie started reading her new book...
Laurie didn't sleep well - I wasn't aware of why at the time - b I didn't sleep well either. I was up at 3:00am and decided to check the batteries and seeing that the voltage was only 14V (instead of 15+V), decided to abandon the equalization. Something's amiss. Even though I went back to sleep, I was up again shortly after 5:00 - Laurie was awake too - so we decided to have an early start to the day...
With little wind forecast until the afternoon, we pottered around the boat for a while - or I should say, I did - which I was quite happy to do. I managed to get the bad dingy gas dumped and replaced it with new. I fiddle-farted with all sorts of stuff - while Laurie read her book.
At 9:15 we finally left the dock and headed down the bay to Newport. Laurie read her book.
Knowing there was going to be light wind from behind, we'd decided to keep the main under it's cover with a plan to sail the spinnaker once the wind developed. Out past Newport, after sailing through the start of a regatta, the wind finally kicked up to 7 or 8 knots, so I managed to pry Laurie's nose out of her book in order to launch said spinnaker.
We then had a great sail towards Cutty (sort-of), making about 6kts. Since Laurie's head was buried elsewhere, I decided to set up a fishing rod...
Wouldn't you know it, I managed to hook a fish - only my third in about 1,000 miles of trawling the bloody thing! It was going to be big judging by the effort I was having reeling it in. Meanwhile, all hell broke loose as I barked orders at Laurie - get the camera! No not that lens! Why can't you learn how to change a lens! Get the net! Chaos! Eventually I reeled in a whopper (my biggest catch anyway) and landed it on the side deck, with Laurie clicking away merrily.
I couldn't get the hook out. Despite her pleas to have me cut the lure I insisted I'd get it - "bring me some rum so I can quiet this bloody thing!" She brought out a bottle which unfortunately turned out to be Black Grouse Scotch (a favorite tipple of mine) - which I didn't notice until I'd poured a cupful into the hapless fish's gills. I thought I was going to be calming the fish down so I could extract the hook and release it - but no, I killed it! What a way to go!
We then had to call Laurie's brother Neal to find out what we'd caught - and after sending a photo, found we had a Blue. Edible but notoriously oily. However, having killed the beast, we were duty bound to consume it, so another call to Neal gave me perfect instructions for a -nearly- bloodless filleting method. I managed to get about 2lbs of meat off this thing - no doubt leaving much more on the carcass than I should have - but this would be enough for appetizers with the crews of Elixir and Jamin that would be waiting for us in Cutty.
All this was going on while we were still under spinnaker! Still doing 5 - 6 kts in almost the right direction.
Laurie went back to her book - I went back to tweaking the sail...
Once we got to the Buzzards Bay tower we had to change course - too deep to fly the kite, so we furled and motored towards Cutty. Just before we got to Middle Ground, the wind picked up, so we flew the Code Zero for the final couple of miles... arriving in Cutty at around 5:00pm and anchored in the inner harbor in 12 ft on 65ft of chain.
A glass of wine was in order! Laurie read her book.
Jamin called to coordinate dinner plans - and we discussed the cooking of the beast. We headed over to Jamin shortly after 6 and met up with Peter and Diane of Elixir, Jane and Mike of Jamin and enjoyed libations in the cockpit.
Finally I get to find out that The Book is a particularly erotic novel involving all sorts of interesting hardware(?) - and quickly a line sets up for whose going to read it next!
A festive evening follows with some participating a little more than they should (as tends to happen when one reads too much and sleeps too little). The morning would be painful!
More later - but just to note there's a new photo album on the right hand side... We had a blast this weekend, not withstanding the booze and book descriptions(!), the ride home with the three boats all flying spinnakers in close proximity was just great fun!
June 9 -10: Cuttyhunk
June 16 - 17 Rhode Island Air Show
Overnight at Dutch Harbor with Jim & Jean
June 22 - 25 Shelter Island
June 29 - July 1 Newport - Americas Cup Races
July 3 - 4 Bristol Fireworks
July 7 - 8 Local
July 14 - 29 Summer Cruise: New England's Islands.
- 7/14 Newport Anchorage
- 7/16 Fishers Island
- 7/18-21 New York City (Take in a show)
- 7/22 Depart New York
- 7/23 Arrive Nantucket
- 7/25 Dinner event in Nantucket
- 7/28 Cuttyhunk
- 7/29 Newport
Aug 4 - 5 Cuttyhunk Kids weekend
Aug 11 - 12 Local
Aug 14 - 27 France
Aug 31 - Sept 3 Fall Cruise
- Aug 31 To Shelter Island
- Sept 1 Shelter Is.
- Sept 2 Block Is. (? If open! ?)
- Sept 3 Home
Sept 7 - 9 Marthas Vineyard
Sept 13 - 16 Newport Boat Show
Sept 22 - 23 Local
Sept 29 - 30 Local
Oct 6 - 8 Columbus Day Menemsha Cruise
Due to a lousy weather forecast, we set about chores... Laurie did a marvelous job of Spring Cleaning - waxing and buffing the entire bathroom and cleaning all the headliners and floor. The place looks great!
I attempted to equalize the batteries - they were certainly all bubbling away and trying to gas us with hydrogen! - but the voltage didn't go up to 15+V - so I'm not entirely certain I've achieved anything. Anybody know anything about equalizing using a Prosine 2 Inverter? I also fiddle-farted around with other very important tasks but I can't remember what they were!
We were hoping to re-start work on the bimini, but the wind and rain prevented any action.
We were quite exhausted by Saturday evening - so it was nice to have Mike and Jane come over and give us a perfect reason to stop. We even managed to finish the evening in the cockpit - and noticed that a large ship was anchored outside of NEB. In the morning we saw that the ship was a boat transporter - apparently delivering about 30 boats from the Caribbean up to NEB for the summer.
Surprisingly, Saturday dawned bright and cloudless - not the forecast grey and grissly. We therefore set about waxing and buffing the cabin top. She gleams! Somehow I managed to stay focused on the polishing - but it was difficult in view of the marvelous sailing opportunity being missed - with winds at 15 - 20 almost constantly - but in the afternoon we managed a quick sail for a couple hours - up to Bristol and back again, in 12 - 15kts. The boat was sailing beautifully, and occasionally hitting over 8kts! Love it!
It's raining - so here we are doing jobs around the boat - fortunately Jane and Mike came over for dinner and drinks to stop this silly activity!!! Then Mike goes on to wash the dishes!
Way to go Jane and Mike!
All aboard and packed up at 5:00pm on Friday but with not much wind and plenty of fog, we set off on the first leg of the trip to Block Island (Abby's 5th attempt!) - to a stop-over point in Newport. As we progressed down the bay, the fog got more and more dense, such that by the time we reached Newport bridge, it wasn't visible from underneath it!!! Finding a place to anchor was fun too - but we managed and settled on 20ft deep with 100ft of chain deployed. Laurie livened up the evening with a wonderful beef stew!
Saturday morning was foggy too - but as it was forecast to lift, we weighed anchor at 9:15 am and tentatively set out again and motored down the bay into a light headwind. Elixir hailed us on their way out of the Sakonnet, indicating they were in 20kts of wind - so we hurriedly re-jiggered the reefing lines into their proper places in case the need should arise - it didn't! As the wind built, we were able to start sailing around 10:00am and headed due south on a close reach, making between 5 and 6.5 kts. Unfortunately though, after tacking we developed a problem with the Genoa, preventing us from sailing on Starboard tack with it (wouldn't unfurl) so we found ourselves ambling along at 2.5kts with the smaller jib. As we neared BI buoy, we spotted Elixir making much better progress than us, so renewed and motivated efforts finally allowed us to free up the genoa - but too late to catch the elusive Sabre!
We arrived sometime after 5:30 and plonked ourselves on a mooring next to Jamin.
A raucous night followed with Bill & Phyllis (Joss), Mike & Jane (Jamin) and Peter and Diane (Elixir) with Champagne, Wine (8 bottles!) and homemade cookies. We repaired to bed sometime around midnight - apparently!
Sunday was a day of recovery! A beautiful day. I dropped Abby and her bike off at the dingy dock so she could explore and later Laurie and I headed to Ballards for some hair of the dog, then to the National for lunch and back to the boat for a climb up the mast to look for tangled genoa halyards. Sunday afternoon we enjoyed cocktails and munchies aboard Elixir then returned to Toodle-oo! for a delicious clambake!
Monday dawned foggy again. We dropped the mooring at 9:00 - just as Elixir weighed anchor. Once out of the pond, the fog really came in - and there was precious little wind, though we did try to sail for a while with the code zero - but gave in after about thirty minutes of 2+kts speed... However half way between BI buoy and Point Judith R2 can, the wind came up to about 7 kts, so we tried again and were able to move at 3.5 - 4.5 kts. We eventually decided to try our last sail - and put up the spinnaker, which carried us most of the way to Brenton Reef - though immediately after gybing, the wind dropped to nothing so we motored sailed right up to Newport., when finally we were able to sail wing on wing with Genoa, Jib (and Main centered) all the way to NEB.
A good weekend - lots of things to bring to the boat next week!!!