23 July 2015
Very quiet day do some emails and find that the WIFI is intermittent.
John is trying to do his OCADU stuff but it’s challenging when you can’t get on line.
We have met Alex and Ursula Zehnder from Sweden who have been traveling for eight years, sailed across the Atlantic and are now are headed to Shelburne and we exchange stories and discover they know Nomad who we met last year.
They are very pleasant. We both haven’t been in touch with Nomad and we leave saying we will both try to track them down.
We are on our way to Martha’s Vineyard and have no issues leaving Kingman Marine. It is high tide.
The conditions are good and we head through Woods Hole, a very narrow channel and it is a challenge there are marks and buoys everywhere. On an ebb tide the current runs from the west out of Buzzards Bay through Woods Hole. The current is swift and we are hitting 7-9 knots. The waters are churned by the ferries coming from Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard headed to Buzzards Bay and New Bedford. There is no speed limit and it seems like every man for themselves. All boats due to the current including the ferries can create huge wakes as they drive through at their own speed to maintain steerage. Sail over power beware that in navigating this harbor respect for the law of superior tonnage will keep us safe.
Exciting passage and we arrive quickly at the other end safe.
We change our mind on our destination due to great weather conditions and good winds and decide to go straight to Nantucket. We sail past Martha’s Vineyard and will stop there on our return.
We are in awe and can’t believe the size of the yachts. Amazing eye candy.
Need diesel and water so we head to the Marina where we pay $4.99 US a gallon for diesel, ouch that hurts. We can’t get water there so we head to the public dock that is set up for huge vessels. We see a finger dock and decide to pull in but the currents and the wind are too strong for Moira to hold the rope on the cleat so John jumps to the dock and the bow starts swinging out. The bowline is too short and John says put another length of rope on it and throw it. Feels like pending disaster but I get that together and he catches the rope attached at the bow. No one comes to help. We manage to get the boat pulled in and get water and then pull off the dock tide is going out and we bump bottom again. We get off and head for an anchorage as the mooring balls are &70.00 per night.
At the mooring we call it a night, relax eat a can of Habitant pea soup, a bagel relax and read our books.
We have anchored North East of the mooring field in 10 feet of water at low tide. It’s a sand bottom but the anchor is holding well and we are a 5 min. dingy ride into the center of the old port. We inquired about pulling into a slip for one night to charge batteries and were informed one nights docking would be $289 US add the 33% exchange rate and we decided to stay at anchor. We prefer this any way, no noise and much more private.
We will be waiting here for a few days while John fixes the batteries, seems we are not charging and the solar panel is not working so the alternator is having a hard time keeping up as we try to keep all of our technology charged like laptops and phones. We roam the streets and enjoy the scenery.
John spots we think secret service agents and lots of security so we have to follow to see what’s going on. It turns out after we ask a dock guy that it is John Kerry US Secretary of State on crutches headed for his yacht. Now that is a big sailboat.
A van tour of the Island gives us a perspective of this very well off sand bar. We head to Siasconset. It is breathtaking the beautiful gardens and the beaches and architecture. Keep in mind these are summer homes and only a 100 according to the driver are occupied all year. The real estate her is very valuable small cottages with
Cedar shingles on small lots sell for 1-2 million.
We visit the Whaling museum definitely worth the visit. Lots of history and huge whale skeletons.
July 22, 2015
The Whaling Museum ticket gives us access to another 6 historic sites, Fire Hose Cart House, Greater Light, Old Mill, Oldest House and Kitchen Garden , Quaker Meeting House and the Old Goal. Interesting tour. We are very hot and need supplies so we head for the store and back to the boat to cool off in the breeze. Get the dingy and head to the beach that is fantastic and John is dealing with a very aggressive seagull that keeps diving at him. We are very close to their nesting grounds.
July 23rd ,2015
We are at the library in the air conditioning. It is a beautiful building where we are catching up on emails and banking and stuff . John has college work to do; he is not totally out of the loop with the College. Duty calls and he needs to work on curriculum and catch up on work related emails.
In about an hour Kristen arrives by Ferry at Nantucket with her friend and ours Danielle Valade. We can’t wait, as there will be so much energy on the boat for the sail to Martha’s Vineyard then Newport and then Long Island sound.
You may not hear from us for a day or two.
In the words of Jordan Howard look out dad (Harry Howard Past Manager QCYC) there is a tornado on its way. ☺