Maine to Newport RI

Jun 7, 2012

Maine to Newport RI

Blog stuff 3rd June 2012

Return sail back to Newport Rhode Island via top of Cape Cod.

Waianiwa the 60-foot pilothouse sloop yacht built in NZ in 1985 and she used to be called Lady Katherine.

Plans were made for the return trip to Newport with a couple of fun friends joining us for the three-day sail. The weather forecast was only good for the first day so we high tailed it with full sail to Provincetown at the very tip of Cape Cod nestled in a huge sandy hook.

After the 120 NM sail in a day in perfect sailing conditions the last 20 miles we encountered a huge pod of Wright whales that huffed and puffed around us as we made our entrance to the anchorage. A large sea lion was asleep on the spit and lots of huge Black backed gulls on the sandy beach. The captain Chris Bouzaid did not even get out of his slippers all day, even with full sail up.

Sure enough the weather changed and we had plenty of wind rain and sea state just forward of the beam through to the Cape Cod canal where is was calm for 9 miles while we raced through with the current, then out the other side to Woods Hole further down the cape and then maneuvered into Hadley Harbour and amazing tight sequence of islands that have dredged channels through to a inner dredged harbours just covered in moorings. The afternoon was mean weather so movies were the go while the  weather front moved through. I sure like pilot house sailing yachts now.

Thank goodness for my ipad with Navionics and all the detailed charts of the area, it sure makes going to all the different bays and places so much more interesting if you can see it for yourself on your own device.

Next day down to Cuttyhunk, where there is another amazing dredged pond that is just covered with moorings and a Tender that comes alongside called a Raw Bar, with many oysters and sea food as you want comes to you from this really small place of few locals and lots of fisherman. Summer cottages dot the surrounding headlands and the wind blows over the top from Marthas Vineyard. Well that was lunch a mobile Raw Bar alongside. (Very nice)

22NM to Newport that has really come alive with 100s of yachts since we set sail for Maine 3 weeks ago. Several regattas and races on the calendar for the next month, so lots of yachts in town training for the events. The Bermuda race starts on 15th June so more sailing stuff soon.

Penny

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