Back in New England!

23 Jun

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Off at 0615 and we toddled down the channel of Milford River and back out into Long Island Sound. It was a romp of a day with a brisk and bracing NW wind. With jib up and just a little engine assist we tore along hitting 8.4 when the current was in synch. The only time we went faster was on our trip through New York around Hell Gate where we hit 10.4 knots – that is blitzing fast for Gypsy Mare! It was a rocking day under sunny skies as we danced back and forth over the whirling current lines.
We reached Stonington at 1500 and picked up a mooring at Dodson’s – what a progressive pro yachting facility. They also had wonderful launches. We wandered ashore and explored a little and toured the docks (always a favourite pastime for David). There were twin $1M Friendship yachts, really gorgeous. The launch driver said all his customers had been exclaiming about our Canadian flag – not so common here. The drivers wanted to hear all about our trip. It was a lovely calm evening and Gypsy gently bobbed away next to Concordia and other classy yachts.

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welcome

welcome

megayachts to all kinds here

megayachts to all kinds here

FAST hydrofoil thing!

FAST hydrofoil thing!

winch furling jib on a megayacht?

winch furling jib on a megayacht?

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calm departure Stonington

calm departure Stonington

Watch Hill buoy

Watch Hill buoy

At 0615 we were off again – to Newport. The winds and currents were not particularly helpful so it was mostly motoring. As we neared Newport the fantastic yachts began to appear. We are now seeing far more sail than power – exactly the opposite than in Florida. Today was a world of schooners, 12 Meters, beautiful mega yachts, racing machines – you name it, it is here. The sights and activity were amazing. Our mooring at just $1/ft gave us access to a dinghy dock and full facilities in the Maritime Centre, amazing. We were also moored right behind La Forza del Destino of Halifax! We spent a few hours ashore wandering and enjoyed the sits both onshore and in the mooring field. There was a really neat little hydroplaning sport boat with hydro foils like a windsurfer that lifted out of the water, looked a bit like an iceboat too. We had light winds for our sail but it piped up once we were moored to 25+ knots and held steady well past 7pm resulting in rather wet dinghy rides for us!
David called US Customs (as we are required to, every time we change position) to report in. The agent was charming and friendly with a few great comments when looking at our file “… well you’ve been everywhere… where haven’t you been?… I see you are almost back where you started with us…” They know all!

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20+knots of wind… 8 foot seas… 1 UFO! – What a Day. Ok it was pretty much saltines for me, no relaxing steering for David but great sights for us and Avril. We left Newport at 0615 and the winds and seas built as we went. The current driven waves were not easy – steering or keeping down breakfast! But we managed and made good time. Our goal was to hit the tide change at the west end of the Cape Cod Canal at 1410 and we hit it bang on. Most exciting of all was the UFO that appeared ahead of us, it really looked like one. When we got close we saw that it was Tûranor Planet Solar the solar powered vessel about 65′ wide by 100′ long. We took photos of them and they all came out to take photos of us – a mutual appreciation moment. It was really cool. Sadly we also saw a sailboat powering through the Canal with his mainsail torn and flogging – his in mast furling was jammed. We reached Sandwich and docked at the marina at 1530. The wind continued to howl but we were in calm waters. We three were very tired and conversations were rather muddled.

Jim T racing Rhodes 19

Jim T racing Rhodes 19

Still Jim racing

Still Jim racing

very cute tickitiboo tug

very cute tickitiboo tug

Gyp moored in Marblehead

Gyp moored in Marblehead

crooked buildings, crooked streets

crooked buildings, crooked streets

and wonderful flowers

and wonderful flowers

We putted out if Sandwich Marina about 0600 – too many early starts. I was a far more gentle day in the water, we all steered and took turns snoozing… great snoozes. Not much action on the water until we got to Marblehead where there were several fleets out racing, including the Rhodes 19s, which our friend Jim Taylor races. Jim had arranged for us to take the HarbourMaster’s mooring which was a stone’s throw for the town dock. We settled in and went for a walk to see what has changed in our old neighbourhood.

June 24… Monday… Still in Marblehead enjoying it all. Tomorrow we head out – either along the coast of Maine or straight across…

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