As the summer is winding down, I can’t help but think back over our adventures this past season and remark that our best cruising was during the early spring, when we had cool, crisp refreshing (although not always dry) weather, few crowds, anchorages to ourselves, and generally happy vibe everywhere we went. This is so different from high-season-mid summer that I really want to share the perspective.
Memorial Day on Block Island
Our first trip was a four-day run to Block Island for Memorial Day weekend. While weekends on Block Island are a hectic affair during the summer, late May is always a different story. We left on Saturday May 26 with a mixed forecast, happy to be off the dock and cruising once again. Continue reading Spring Cruising in New England – Part 1
After spending a pleasant day and evening in Stonington, we got under way early and headed for Block Island. It was a gorgeous sunrise in Stonington Harbor: a quintessential start to a summer day, with glassy calm water and a beautiful moored fleet reflecting the early sun. Continue reading First East Coast Cruise – Part 4 – Fourth of July in Block Island
After a very pleasant stay in Block Island we decided to move on and head west into Long Island Sound. We had several destinations in mind, including Montauk, Sag Harbor, Stonington and Mystic Seaport. All had their unique appeal and we had different reasons for wanting to visit each one. Continue reading First East Coast Cruise -Part 2 – Mystic Seaport
Although we still have a long project list (doesn’t every boat?), we have headed out for our first east coast cruise in the new tug. It is bizarre traveling these well-known home waters in a power boat when I have spent my entire life exploring them in a sailboat. The Twilight Zone. Our priorities have changed, our decision-making parameters are adjusting, the passages are faster and the destinations are different. Continue reading First East Coast Cruise – Block Island
We didn’t rock much of anything, but the Block was rock’n on the 4th of July weekend.
We wanted to get settled and enjoy a few peaceful days before the mob showed up, so we motored over on Tuesday and got settled in. All the town moorings were occupied already (by boats that had been left there the previous week, we later learned, to secure a spot for the 4th.) Fortunately we were able to snug up on a private club mooring we have access to on the western shore of the harbor, which is very pleasant. We made it to The Oar several times for some drinks, dinner and beautiful sunsets over the Pond, and enjoyed rambling around the island with the dogs. It was very relaxing, but by Friday, the pace started to pick up. Continue reading Rock the Block on the 4th of July
Hanging in Block Island on the boat for the 4th of July, we thought a few Bloody Mary’s might be just the thing. Wandering through one of our favorite little shops, The Glass Onion, this one caught Bruce’s eye. I’m generally not a fan of pre-mixed anything, but this stuff is great! We were on a minimalist kind of weekend so we didn’t want to load the boat up with all the fixings, but Ass Over Teakettle doesn’t need anything to perk it up. We drank it as-is, straight out of the bottle (plus vodka, of course), and garnished it with celery, chilled Gulf shrimp and some pepperoni slices we had hanging around. Ass Over Teakettle Bloody Mary Mix, handcrafted small-batch Bloody Mary mix from Skowhegan, ME
The kids are happy to be back on the Block! We motored over in light southerlies with an nasty-ish slop that caused some mal-de-mer for at least one of our crew, but that’s all forgotten now that we are happily settled on a mooring and everyone has been ashore to check out the local scene.
We got in after a four-hour and 45-minute run from New England Boatworks. Grey skies, humid, light southerlies and no rain. The town moorings were all taken, but both CCA moorings were available so we snagged one and hoisted our burgee to the masthead. There is lots of room (for now) at the three marinas, and plenty of space to drop a hook in the anchorage (also for now).
Looking forward to relaxing for a few days on “island time”, and watching the Fourth of July madness.