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I will be sailing out of Westport MA on a Cal 39 Monday morning. Original plan was to leave yesterday but weather wasnít cooperating. So the,trip will be from Mon to Saturday. Looks like a big high is settling into the area so may not be much wind. Depending on the time we leave may spend the first night at Cuttyhunk, and head over to the Vinyard from there. I am guessing there wonít be any crowds. Iíve sailed to Vineyard Haven and sailed out of Edgartown Harbor once on a delivery. Any suggestions of other places to go? Depending on time I think I will go to Nantucket, but I have sailed there several times before, usually coming in from sea rather than up the sound.
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Re: Suggestions for Cape Cod and Islands

I love this time of year. Most everything remains open and busy enough to not feel like you missed the party, but virtually no crowds.

Some other nearby spots, in addtion to those you mentioned.

Menemsha on MVY. Anchor off a very long beach, plenty of room. Only do so, if wind is staying south of the E-W line. The Bite is a fry shack within walking distance of the dinghy dock and is terrific. It's outside seating and bring your own. The three commercial fishing operations are in a competitive showdown to see who's stuff in the dockside store is better. We often buy chowder and fish to BBQ on the boat. Best sunset on MVY if the evening sky is clear.

Inner Hadley Harbor, inside and west of Woods Hole, is a near must layover, especially mid-week, when you'd probably have it to yourself. Take your dinghy exploring all over.

Tarpoulin Cove in Vineyard sound is a nice layover, if wind is out of the north. Most everything else is exposed to the north, otherwise, I think this cove is overrated.

If you're interested in heading West, Block Island is easily approachable after Labor Day. However, I believe the launch has discontinued already.

Of course, Narragansett Bay (even the Sakonnet River) has many options I can fill in, if you like.
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Re: Suggestions for Cape Cod and Islands

The Islands are a real pleasure after the summer people leave... few people ashore and hardly any boats... it's really magical and the only time I would consider cruising there.

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