My 100th blog entry !!!!!

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.

We flew across Buzzards Bay with a reefed mainsail and about 70% jib (from the 150% roller furled genoa). We averaged 5.5 to 6.0 knots across, our rail in the water, sea spray over our deck. It was fun to say the least. Woods Hole was uneventful. Careful planning makes all the difference. Entering Vineyard sound was like entering a different world (compared to Buzzards Bay). The Sound was calm and flat. The winds were still the same, but they were blowing in the same direction as the strong Vineyard Sound currents.

We “sailed” over to Vineyard Sound, averaging 6.5 – 7.0 knots. I used the word “sailed” lightly. It was more like running down a river. The key to crossing the Sound is to always try to run with the currents.

Getting into Vineyard Haven, we picked up a mooring outside the breakwater. That was a mistake! It costs $50 nowadays for an overnight mooring rental. I have two words for G&H that own the moorings: “RIP OFF”. I’ll never do that again. I decided to pick up a mooring instead of anchoring because the weather forcast called for possible 30 knot winds overnight with the thunderstorms moving in. A mooring is safer. But at 50 bucks, I’ll take my chances.

Rafi and I met up with Richard on Sunday mooring and hung out for a while. Rich took us for a ride up island to Aquinnah. We had time that day, our plan wasn’t to leave Vineyard Haven until 2pm to catch the right current through Vineyard Sound and Woods Hole. it was good seeing Rich again. I only see him a couple of times a year when we get to sail over to the island.

The sail home on Sunday was a little more exciting than the day before. The winds were blowing about the same intensity, 15 – 20 knots. But they were out of the West. Not the usual SW. I don’t know what it it. But the winds coming out of the west seem to kick up more chop and makes sailing just that more difficult. Or fun however you look at it. Anyways, we made it home to Mattapoisett safely and had supper on the boat before having to re-enter the real world.

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