With Fall sailing upon us, I've been enjoying as much of this nice and dry end-of-season weather as possible. I'm taking off Thursday and Friday morning for a couple days away for the marina . . . the plan is to do an overnighter somewhere downwind, set sail in the morning to return to the work-drill again.
This got me thinking about the inevitable pre-winter preparation up here in the Northeast, followed by a few months, dreaming of doing it all over again next Spring. So, I compiled a few random photos, beginning with some that my daughter had taken and sent me of our trip to the Vineyard - which had some pretty wet conditions. They remind me of how nice it is to have a pilothouse, as a means of at least staying dry and warm.
My daughter's longtime companion, checking sailtrim:
And again during helm watch duty:
After so much of this, we decided to retreat to the pilothouse:
Upon finally reaching port, making lines and getting the ship in shape for a 5 day stay:
The rest of the week, fortunately for the crew, turned out to be very warm and sunny.
Here are a few photos from last week's sail on Narragansett Bay - perfect conditions: