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I am a beginner sailor. I just acquire a 1978 O'DAY 30 and this season will be my first. I am looking for a couple to sail with me and my wife to Provincetown on the July 4th weekend, leaving from Warwick RI You will need to captain the boat since i have never sailed this far by myself. Anyone interested?
PS: How hard is this passage ?

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Re: Passage from Warwick RI to Provincetown MA

Itís a very straight forward passage. Of course, one would be wise to insure itís done during good weather and not be on a mandatory schedule. Current in Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal are important planning items. You must motor through the canal.

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Re: Passage from Warwick RI to Provincetown MA

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Itís a very straight forward passage. Of course, one would be wise to insure itís done during good weather and not be on a mandatory schedule. Current in Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal are important planning items. You must motor through the canal.

Hope you find the help.
What Minnewaska said. Plan ahead with those currents. Buzzards Bay is easy, but take that 0.5-1 knot current (in favour and against) in your ETA calculation for reaching the Cape Cod Canal. You Must enter the canal at the appropriate time.

Planning any stops? I have done Portsmouth RI - Marion MA a few times, back and forth. This can take 10hours or more (if you plan to sail). Plan for light winds, and suddenly could rise to 20-25kn...It's Buzzards Bay. Spinnaker? That's a good option going up the bay in summer.

Leaving Newport you can have some swelling system until you are more protected by the Elizabeth islands. A little of excitement.
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Re: Passage from Warwick RI to Provincetown MA

My take:

This is a pretty long sail for your boat... more than 100nm each way

The captain should check out the boat, rig, sails and all safety equipment including VHF, PFDs and so on. DO not assume your good to go and any sailor can come aboard and sail your boat (and instruct you). It certainly is doable.

You'll likely traverse the Cape Cod Canal... you have to do it at SLACK tide. And you want a fair tide to ride from the canal to Ptown.

And current leave Warrick to RI Sound is also an issue. You'll want to ride the ebb tide

Look up the tide charts and PLAN your trip assuming maybe 4 knots... that would be 25+ hrs of sailing

Tide cycles roughly 2x each day.

You may have a fair SW wind to run from Breton Point to CCC... and on to PT if it holds. But it it shifts you can be tacking and / or gybing and do many more miles over the ground,

If your ground tackle has not been tried and tested... you'll need to have a mooring arranged.

You likely want a dink because if you are not at a dock.. and you'll have to book a slip... you have no way to get to shore for ANYTHING.

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Sail in Narraganset Bay and take a mooring in Newport and use Oldport Launch Service
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Re: Passage from Warwick RI to Provincetown MA

First congrats on your new boat! I will second all that has been said above. I did a quick route and you are looking at approx 88nm + or-, and taking in timing for the CCC it will be a min. of a 2 day trip(both ways) if the timing works out for a early/mid morning transit thru the CCC. I would think that to be a rather aggressive trip for a new sailor with a new to you boat. Just my Humble Opinion. SandraO's idea of Newport is a good one, thou getting a mooring there on the 4th might be hard. Everywhere is very busy on the water around the 4th. You might want to consider somewhere to anchor. CuttyHunk comes to my mind as one of the most beautiful places in the local area.
Enjoy your new vessel and have fun learning and working out all the nuances of the boat and sailing in general.
Be safe and remember NO TIME TABLES(even thou we all do it)

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First congrats on your new boat! I will second all that has been said above. I did a quick route and you are looking at approx 88nm + or-, and taking in timing for the CCC it will be a min. of a 2 day trip(both ways) if the timing works out for a early/mid morning transit thru the CCC. I would think that to be a rather aggressive trip for a new sailor with a new to you boat. Just my Humble Opinion. SandraO's idea of Newport is a good one, thou getting a mooring there on the 4th might be hard. Everywhere is very busy on the water around the 4th. You might want to consider somewhere to anchor. CuttyHunk comes to my mind as one of the most beautiful places in the local area.
Enjoy your new vessel and have fun learning and working out all the nuances of the boat and sailing in general.
Be safe and remember NO TIME TABLES(even thou we all do it)

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Book a mooring NOW with Oldport and do a relaxed sail during the day with lots of daylight.... You can circumnav Jamestown. Boat is new... lots to learn. Newport has a West Marine ;-)...

Cuttyhunk is lovely... eel grass bottom so anchors do drag. A word to the wise.

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Re: Passage from Warwick RI to Provincetown MA

Have done this trip many times on boats from 24í to 46í. I wouldnít do it without reliable ground tackle. If I miss the timing to go through the canal simply drop an anchor and wait. Usually anchor off Onset but any place in buzzards near the canal will serve. No reason to enter a port for a mooring or slip.
Thereís a harbor of rescue inside the canal near the mass bay side in sandwich but itís crowded and not usually much help when youíre returning home. Rather be better about timing my leaving ptown or get there early and just do loops until timing is good.
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Hi everyone!
I am a beginner sailor. I just acquire a 1978 O'DAY 30 and this season will be my first. I am looking for a couple to sail with me and my wife to Provincetown on the July 4th weekend, leaving from Warwick RI You will need to captain the boat since i have never sailed this far by myself. Anyone interested?
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A three day weekend up and back is a lot to chew on for an experienced sailor, let a lone an untested boat and new crew.

We sailed this a number of times. Buzzards Bay wind vs current can be steep and rough. As Sander said the Canal needs to be taken at slack or with the current.

This is a great sailing area. The whole area from the Elizabethans to the Vineyard would be an adventure. Lots of things to learn

If you want your wife to continue to keep going out maybe a weektrip up and back with stops along the way should be in order. I am sure you are excited on your purchase, but do this in steps.
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Congrats on the new boat. I am not interested in the trip but it might be helpful if you had a current copy of Eldridge Tide Table. I have found the tables extremely useful sailing this area.
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Re: Passage from Warwick RI to Provincetown MA

You cant do two long days both ways in three days...

For a three day trip, take a trip to Cuttyhunk and back.

If you have four, days, upgrade the destination to Vineyard Haven.

You are not likely to find an experienced boater who wants to spend a few days travelling on a strange boat with strangers. If you really want that result, look to hire a captain at $300/day.

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