The Grander Scheme: s/v Northern Symphony

Another simple dream...Another crazy notion: To make a sequel to our Grand Scheme by making an extended great loop starting from our home in Nova Scotia. One boat, two so-called adults, one or two children, and one cat.

17 July 2011 | Mahone Bay, NS
13 July 2011 | Clarks Harbour, NS
04 July 2011 | Yarmouth, NS
22 June 2011 | Yarmouth, NS
20 June 2011 | Richmond, ME
19 June 2011 | Rockport, MA
16 June 2011 | Gloucester, MA
15 June 2011 | Sandwich, MA
13 June 2011 | Point Judith, RI
12 June 2011 | Mystic, CT
08 June 2011 | Mystic, CT
06 June 2011 | New York, NY
05 June 2011 | New York, NY
01 June 2011 | Baltimore, MD
23 May 2011 | Baltimore, MD
17 May 2011 | Baltimore, MD
16 May 2011 | Selby Beach, MD
15 May 2011 | Crisfield, MD
14 May 2011 | Cape Charles, VA
12 May 2011 | Norfolk, VA

Everybody's surfing now

05 June 2011 | New York, NY
We left Baltimore June 2 and had a great sail up the Chesapeake Bay with a double reefed main and head sail reefed to working jib. While we were motoring through the C&D Canal, Evelyn and I were commenting how much we like our Tupperware cups, when hers slipped out of her hand and took the plunge. Luckily, there was no boat traffic, so it was easy to turn around. Leslie scooped it up with the butterfly net duct taped to the boat hook. Yay!

We anchored behind Reedy Island (which is much easier by daylight than when Evelyn, Leslie, and I did it in the dark on our way from Cape May to Baltimore in the fall).

To catch the tide down the Delaware Bay, we hauled up the anchor at 0415 and had a good motor-sail. We anchored by the Coast Guard station in Cape May by 1130.

Saturday, June 4 after a relaxed French toast breakfast, we departed at 1015 for our overnight passage up the Jersey coast. The conditions were benign with light wind and smooth seas and continued that way until about 0200 June 5. Then, despite the predicted 5-10 knot winds from the west, we had 15 knot winds from the east (read LOTS of fetch to build waves) that built steadily to a good 25 knots! Colin had just rolled out the head sail before I took watch at 0200, and within ten minutes, I asked him to come back up to help reef it. We were screaming along making 7 knots over ground and rolling in the ever larger waves.

At 0530 we turned in to run for Sandy Hook, NJ. That's when the surfing started because the waves were from behind us. Colin handled it well, and we tucked in and anchored for a few hours. Enough to eat some breakfast and take a nap before motoring under the Verazanno Narrows bridge into the very busy New York City harbor. We had spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and docked at Liberty Landing just before noon.

We all appreciated showers, an early dinner at a very nice restaurant and a good night's sleep.
Vessel Name: Northern Symphony
Vessel Make/Model: 1990 Catalina 36, Tall Rig
Hailing Port: Lunenburg, NS
Crew: The Wightmans
About: Colin (skipper), Anne, Evelyn, Leslie, and Scourge-of-the-Sea, our boat kitty.
Northern Symphony's Photos - Main
From our 2010 visit
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Created 11 December 2010
A collection of photos showing various parts and stages of our refit during the spring of 2010
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Created 6 June 2010