Archive for July, 2007

Weekend Getaways in Mattapoisett

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

 Janet and I spent last weekend on the boat in Mattapoisett. We didn’t go sailing. We just used the boat as our weekend summer getaway, *our cottage on the water. We do that from time to time. We just relax and do nothing. During the day we’ll go to the beach, take walks, or go places. For dinner we’ll eat out or grill on the boat. We’ll do a lot of reading. Actually, Janet does a lot of reading. I’ll spend more time looking out on the water, trying to absorb everything. Basically, relaxing in our own ways; away from our TV’s, computers, and the daily grind at home.


The sea accepts no infidels

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

  This past weekend was the toughest sailing I’ve had all season. 

  A few weeks ago Janet and I were hit with some stronger weather while leaving Martha’s Vineyard. But that was for a shorter duration as we crossed Vineyard Sound. And it wasn’t as bad making headway since we had the wind and the seas on our beam.

 This weekend I had to beat against strong northeasterlies and heavy seas in Buzzards Bay, trying to get back up the coast to Mattapoisett. It was a long, tough afternoon. (more…)

4th of July Vineyard trip (part 3)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

   Janet and I had a great time on the Island. We did all the usual tourist stuff, went to the beach, went out to eat, etc, etc. Richard lent us his car so we had the opportunity to get around better than had we relied on the just taking the buses. By the way, thanks again Rich. (more…)

4th of July Vineyard trip (part 2)

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

During our trip to the Vineyard, we met up with Richard in Vineyard Haven. I took the dingy over and found where his sailboat Karma was moored inside the breakwater. I took a few pictures of him messing about on his boat.

It was good seeing Rich again. He and his family live in West Tisbury. We keep in touch via e-mail, exchanging mostly political discussions. Point counter point, he the conservative, me the liberal. (more…)

4th of July Vineyard Trip (part 1)

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Janet and I spent 5 days on Martha’s Vineyard during the 4th of July week. This was our only planned summer vacation ( since we spent two weeks in Italy in May). We sailed to Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, July 4th and picked up a mooring outside the breakwater. Anchoring wasn’t an option since a storm was expected that night. And, man, did that ever hit us hard. It was blowing 30 knots most of the night, and who knows what it was gusting to. Janet slept right though it. I was awake half the night worrying whether I put enough temporary chafing guard on the mooring line, if the mooring equipment was in good enough condition to hold, and the countless other things that can go wrong during a storm.


Filleting and cooking bluefish

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

I’m passing along how to fillet and cook bluefish from my good friend Richard who lives on Martha’s Vineyard. If anyone has any questions feel free to contact Rich at:

Filleting a blue is really easy — though messy!Start with a “fish knife”. Spend about $30 and get a stainless steel blade about 8-10″ long — SHARP and thin blade. Lay fish flat cut off head behind the gills cut tail above the tail fin slice the bottom, end to end, to expose and remove the guts (bury guts and head under bushes — good fertilizer!). Starting at the tail-end, lift the skin with your fingers and work the blade slowly between the meat and the skin, working your way toward the head. Work the angle of the blade upward toward the skin as you cut. The effort here is to separate the meat from the skin. (You won’t get all of it.) Work both sides, one side at a time. You will end up with two 12″ long fillets. (more…)

My first Bluefish

Sunday, July 1st, 2007


I just had to post of picture of my first bluefish I caught in Buzzards Bay. Well actually, to be honest, it’s the first Bluefish I ever caught. Ever. OK, I’m a terrible fisherman. I admit it. I couldn’t catch a fish if I was starving and my life depended on it. But everyone gets lucky sooner or later. I was out sailing by myself a few weeks ago, about the middle of June, when I decided to get out my old rusty fishing rod and give it a try. It was a gorgeous day with NE winds about 10-15 knots and seas about 2 – 3 feet.