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05-19-2008 10:43 PM
TomandKarens34 I believe your 7 knots, my knot meter read 9 1/2 surfing on 8 foot waves coming into South Portland two years ago. I have a 1975 centerboard model. The run you're making was always one I wanted to do. Please give a report on your trip. I may haul mine over to Portsmouth NH to do the same.
05-19-2008 02:05 PM
sailingfool My favorite place with services ont he Cape is Kingmans Kingman Yacht Center -- Marina, Boatyard, Cruising Center on Cape Cod on July 26 they host their annual pursuit race teh BassAckwards Race, a good time with about 80 boats. You should try to make it.
05-19-2008 11:19 AM
sailingdog Birdface-

I'm on the southwest side of the cape...more commonly known as Buzzards Bay. However, in mid-July I may be down in Annapolis for a Telstar 28 meeting. Keep me posted, and if I'm not down in Annapolis, I'd be willing to shoot up the canal and meet up with you.
05-19-2008 10:58 AM
Birdface Thanks again guys, talked them into the Scituate stop-over! On the way back my wife and I will do the more advanced straight shot to test ourselves since we'll be arriving at our home harbor and won't mind it if it's past daylight.

We launched Sat and sailed 15km yesterday to test her out. All systems are working great, all sails/rigging/lines safe and sound.

I'm so excited for another season.

SD we're planning this Cape trip July 12th or so, let me know if you're on the north side of the Cape and maybe we can meet up?!?!?
05-15-2008 11:41 AM
JohnRPollard I'll toss out one more thread as another one with some helpful info for that area:

NOTE: In that thread I discouraged DrB from considering Green Harbor (Marshfield), but with your boat I think it would be fine. If you were making good progress and didn't want to stop at Scituate, you could press on to GH for the night. You can get provisions at the Brant Rock Market, or walk a bit farther and have a FABULOUS breakfast at Arthur and Pat's restaurant (across the street from the old WWII submarine watch tower).

I'll also echo the sentiment that going into Plymouth/Duxbury would be a detour. P/D is a better stopover if you're heading to or from the canal, but you still need to time the tides right.

Have fun!!
05-14-2008 11:51 PM
sailingfool BF

Going to the cape, first time, way cool. The Cape is a wonderful area and of course is SD's back yard. You might read these threads for Cape and canal info:
05-14-2008 07:01 PM
Birdface Thank you all so much. I'm reading these, will make some plans while talking to the guests on-board, and edit this post to let you know the outcome.

You guys are terrific.


Edit 1: Yes, I've actually hit 7 knots. It's the taller-rig, full keel 25' O'day from 1976. After speaking with Rudy at D&R I found out this specific mix of models was pretty rare. The knot-meter is about as old as the boat, so that might just be the speed transducer whipping around .

Edit 2: SD/SF, very wise advice both of you. I neglected to mention that we're heading for the cape where our parents will be waiting at a vacation home. So I was thinking "as fast as possible while assuring arrival with daylight". But now that I see the logic in the stop-over I might reconsider and make the sail more of the vacation than the cape-cod house. This would be up to the crew as I'd be cutting into their "beach time". But they seem really excited, more-so about the sail than the vacation on the Cape. (they are from the same Northern Italian sailor blood after all) This would also be our first south shore sail, so I think there's a good deal of logic in stopping in and seeing the towns.

Edit 3: Nola and others, I was actually hoping to get out of sight of land. We haven't done it yet and it would be a rush I'm sure. (Even with two GPS systems and all charts) I actually think Nola's write-up is the best mix of all your advice. It's two plans which are dependent on conditions. So I have a backup. My original plot had me rounding that YAB-2 as a sanity check. I figured we'd be just about out of sight from land and having a buoy to make us confident would've helped.

I'll honor you all and share this with the entire crew and get them involved in the planning. This way they're all less likely to mutiny.... Right?
05-14-2008 01:11 PM
nolatom Good advice above. Don't sweat the shipping lanes, at least during daytime and good visibility, there just aren't that many ships. Keep your VHF radio handy in case you want to call on 16 and make sure they see you.

Let the wind guide your route. Got a good brisk summer sou'wester? Then start early and go for it, it's a close reach, about 10 hours at 5 knots, and you have what, about 14-15 hours of daylight? You'll be fine. For a couple of hours you'll be out of sight of land, which is exciting (or boring, or both).
Use your GPS and chart, but you'll see the lighthouse from way off.

Lighter winds or different direction? Consider Scituate, then hop over from there. Might be less boring for your sister. And you have the Boston Monster buoy (used to be the Lightship) and then Minot's light as prominent landmarks to get to Scituate. Don't go as far south as Plymouth, which takes a LONG time to get in and out of.

Then for your return trip, you're both veterans by then, if you get a good persistent summer SW breeze, then definitely one day, a long but easy beam/broad reach.
05-14-2008 12:25 PM
sailingdog SF-

I was thinking of the main shipping channel, shown on the two charts... also, closer into Boston, you have to deal with more idiot power boaters... the further out you are, the fewer of them you have to deal with. As for shipping, yes, Boston probably doesn't get as much traffic as New Bedford these days.
05-14-2008 12:23 PM
jonlgauthier Hey Birdface!

We've done several Beringer Bowls (overnight from Marblehead to P-town), and to add others have said - prevailing winds tend to favor heading south and then cutting east across - at least at night. Last year for Labor Day weekend, we just did a straight shot, and it was a wild ride. Winds from the southwest, but swells from a low-pressure system out in the Atlantic left us with huge swells running at right angles to the wind-driven waves. And this was on a 26-ton full-keeled cruiser! Just pick a good weather window and you should be fine. And make sure the VHF is in good working order!

We'll probably see you around Salem Harbor - we'll be in Hawthorne Cove this summer. Look for the pirate ship!
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