Archive for August, 2009

Cormorant Rock

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Sailing up Buzzards Bay along the western shore and rounding West Island to head for Mattapoisett or Marion, the only hazard to navigation is Cormorant Rock. When the tide is low you can see the rocks and it’s easy to see from a distance during the day. The picture above shows the rocks at mid tide, along with all the cormorants drying their wings. (more…)


Sunday, August 30th, 2009

  I took the day off from work Friday to go sailing and secure the boat for the arrival of “Hurricane” Danny. I went sailing with Scott Keck, who’s pictured above with the island of Cuttyhunk off in the distance. We had an easterly wind all day which made it perfect for sailing south to Cuttyhunk. (more…)

The Kayak

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

 I thought I’d show a picture of how we get the kayak ready. As you can see, we just inflate the boat on the foredeck of Galatea and then launch it over the side. It’s really easy. This picture was taken when we were at Onset.

Going ashore at Onset

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009


 My notes on going ashore at Onset: Onset is a small village within the town are Wareham. It’s a quaint little place, with a dual personality. During the day it has an old time friendly feel, with gingerbread houses, small town charm, families lining the beaches, salt water taffy and ice cream parlors with signs stating “Est 1895”. But in the evening, you don’t really feel safe walking the streets. There’s a strong police presence watching over a large number of teenagers hanging out and obviously up to no good, buying, selling drugs etc. Reminds me of my hometown. In any case, as Janet commented, “Onset’s great to visit as long as you get out of there before dark”.

 The picture above is the beach next to the wharf were we spent the afternoon.


Sailing over to Onset

Monday, August 17th, 2009


We spent last weekend in Onset. Sailing over in a moderate southwest breeze on Saturday morning with patchy fog. By the term patchy I mean being hit with varying degrees of fog density / variable visibility. We’d be in light fog with 1/2 mile visibility followed by denser fog with 150 yard visibility and so on back and forth. Luckily by the time we reached the entrance to the Cape Cod canal we had enough visibility to see a couple of bouys ahead of us. Enough to get us through the canal safely. I was nervous during the approach. I did not want to enter the canal if we had dense fog. I could plot a course easy enough. My worry was shipping, especially barges coming out of the fog and heading for us. Luckily, as I mentioned, the fog lightened up enough for us to make the trip and no big ships passed us by.

Overall, it took 2 and a half hours to sail from Mattapoisett to Onset. The picture above is Wicket’s Island that we anchored behind. (more…)

Meeting up ……

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

 While we were in Red Brook Harbor we met up with friends of ours; John and Suzanne. They were sailing back from Maine and we planned to meet them Saturday afternoon. They sail all summer along of Maine so we had a lot of catching up to do. The picture above shows them on the way over to our boat Sunday morning with a plate full of freshly baked scones……. which were awesome. (more…)

Bassett’s Island

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009


We sailed over to Red Brook Harbor last weekend and spent the night anchored behind Bassett’s Island. It’s a great anchoring spot, well protected,  good holding ground with a mud bottom, and good swimming. The island is always crowded during summer weekends with all the power boats lined up along the shore. But it’s really not that bad. In the anchorage behind Basset’s where we stayed there was plenty of room to set an anchor. And plenty of room to bring our dinghy to shore for a swim. Overall, it was really quite pleasant in Red Brook Harbor behind Bassett’s Island. On Saturday, by six o’clock in the evening most of  the powerboats had cleared out leaving only the sailboats behind for a tranquil evening afloat…. as you can see above. (more…)