Archive for July, 2009

My 100th blog entry !!!!!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

I might as well write about my sail over to Martha’s Vineyard this past weekend to celebrate my 100th entry to my Sailing Buzzards Bay blog.

Janet was too busy to getaway last weekend so I invited my friend Rafi for the weekend. We left Mattapoisett Harbor, Saturday, June 11th, at 10:30 in the morning. It was cool July morning, clear skies, and brisk winds: 15-20 knots out of the SW. (more…)

NOAA Online Charts

Monday, July 13th, 2009

This is an addendum to my last blog entry regarding the planning of sailing trips. I left out a very handy tool for planning: NOAA online charts. They’re awesome!!! From work or home I can view any chart I’d like. Without having to lug my chart books back and forth from the boat. I can zoom in to check out harbors, zoom out to gauge the orientation of where the expected winds will blow in from. Every sailor should have a link to: http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/AtlanticCoastViewerTable.shtml

Here’s a link for Woods Hole. I’m always writing about how bad it is. Might as well point out what it looks like:http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/13235.shtml

Planning a Martha’s Vineyard sailing trip

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

 We had to cancel our trip to Martha’s Vineyard last week due to the weather. The forecast the evening before called for fog in the morning and a 50% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Of which the storms were expected to be severe. The earlier forecast called for only a 20% chance of isolated thunderstorms. Isolated thunderstorms are usually weak and not a significant threat. So I made all of my calculations to make the passage through Woods Hole along with the expected weather window of fog in the morning and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. I was just about to crumble up my planning notes for the trip when it occurred to me to add them to my blog to demonstrate some of the planning involved in undertaking such a “simple” sailing trip.

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4th of July in Mattapoisett

Monday, July 6th, 2009

  We spent the July 4th weekend in Mattapoisett this year. Originally we planned on sailing to the Vineyard. But the weather forcast called for thunderstorms and heavy winds during the holiday so Janet and I decided to stay local. One of the benefits of not sailing was getting the chance to go kayaking with our new inflatable kayak. (more…)