Archive for June, 2007

First Mate

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Janet steering 

 I’d like to introduce Janet, the First Mate on Galatea. She’s an indispensable member of the crew. I couldn’t manage without her (at sea or on land). The picture above was taken on our trip to Block Island in 2005.

Fog in the Bay

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Last weekend my wife, Janet, and I sailed from Mattapoisett to Red Brook Harbor, across Buzzards Bay on Cape Cod. Red Brook is a great harbor, I’ll describe that in another blog. Anyways, that Saturday was a beautiful, warm, sunny June day. The sailing itself was a bit sloppy. We had following seas with southwest winds blowing at at about 10 to 15 knots. Typical conditions for the Bay.
During the trip, I mentioned to my wife that, well yes, waves do build up quite frequently here but at least we have very little fog. I went on to explain how foggy Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds are. It’s not uncommon to be in pea soup fog in Vineyard Sound, go through Woods Hole, and sail into brilliant sunshine in Buzzards Bay.
Of course, wouldn’t you know, waking up the next morning in Red Brook Harbor we were socked in with heavy fog. We had to wait till about 11 in the morning for the fog to clear enough to head out of the harbor. And for anyone who’s ever entered Red Brook Harbor, you know how narrow the channel is and how it skirts around the sand bar at the southern end of Bassetts Island. Not a good area to weave your way through in the fog.

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Welcome to my sailing blog

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

frank1.jpg Hello and welcome to my web log for sailing Buzzards Bay, the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

My name’s Frank Gerry and I’m the proud skipper of Galatea, a 28 foot Cal sloop. Her home port is Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.

A little about myself. I’ve been sailing my entire life. So far back in fact, my father used to use my brothers and I as ballast on sailing dinghies before we were old enough to walk. Though I’ve been messing about in boats all my life, I’ve been skippering sailboats for the past 16 years.

My current sail boat, Galatea, I bought from my good friend Mike in 1999. So, this makes 8 years of constant maintenance. She’s a 1986 Cal sailboat manufactured nearby in Fall River. Hull # 32 and she’s still a beauty. Did I mention the constant maintenance :-)

I thought I’d write about my experiences sailing the waters of New England. I’d like to write about things that other sailors in the area might find useful; such as navigation tips, descriptions of harbors and anchorages to spend the night, new things I’ve discovered and would like to pass along, observations of the sea, and just messing about in boats. Though, I also plan on writing things that are of interest to our friends and family. Keep people informed about our adventures on Galatea.