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Old 07-23-2013
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Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

This is all true; however, one of my favorite trips when we were in Marblehead was a circumnavigation around Cape Cod coming down thru the canal and out to Nantucket for a jumping off point. We (wouldn't have done it singlehanded) flew the spinnaker all the way up the "forearm" after picking our way out from Nantucket in the fog...(no gps then in the 80's). Storm came in at the top so instead of stopping in Provincetown as planned (which would have required a long merciless beat), we simply reached to Scituate...non stop from Natucket. Quite a ride. Motored back to Marblehead the next day in no wind. Memorable.
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Re: Cape Cod Canal vs sailing around

Originally Posted by TomMaine View Post
Agreed, it's the bays on each end that you have to worry about. You can meet some crazy seas at either end depending on wind direction.

Going North, I think Onset is hard to beat for an anchorage, overnight (or?) or to wait for a fair current through to Cape Cod Bay. Not far off the Canal, good anchorage or marina options and well protected.
Coming out of the canal, going across to Ptown was the only time I have ever had a wave break right into the cockpit. Other boats crossing were turning back running for cover. CC Bay seems to get that square wave effect like Gardiner's Bay. Nasty.
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