2016-08-10 – Onset, MA–Swan Island, ME

We really enjoyed our stay in Onset. It is easy to be there, we were able to connect with our friends Frank & Elaine as well as a visit with Annette’s Niece Laura and Christopher. It was time to get underway though and first challenge is the Cape Cod Canal.

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The canal connects Buzzards Bay with Cape Cod Bay and the currents can really rip through there. Definitely not against the current and I am not really that big a fan of going with the current full out either. I get nervous when sail boats go faster than 9 knts! With a current of 4 going through there….that is really fast!

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Our friends Frank & Elaine have a home nearby so they were kind enough to come out and offer their support and a picture of us setting off in the canal.

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Frank & Elaine on shore as we pass by!

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We had a terrific passage…great sailing all the way to Maine. At the risk of attracting violence…”nothing says Maine in August like donning a sweatshirt.” Yes it was that nippy even inside the enclosure with the morning sun shining.

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First good sighting of land after the fog cleared and the sun came up a little

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Narrow passages between big chunks of granite…not that big a fan but no real problem either.

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Note the reflection bench in the woods….I like that spot.

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This house caught my eye out the port light…and below

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Our first anchorage was Swan’s Island, ME. Yes this really is an island hence the Ferry Dock.

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Our first walk around “town” was the guide to our first night visit. Walking past the local Baptist Church we noted the below sign. A bit later a visit to the local Lobster and Maritime Museum made us aware of a scheduled talk on the Sextants and Navigation.

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The Admiral referred to the evenning as dinner and a show. Now the dinner was pretty good, the talk well the speaker needs some more practice. All in all, an evening well spent.

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We are next off to Winter Harbor to meet up with our friends and mentors!

One thought on “2016-08-10 – Onset, MA–Swan Island, ME”

  1. The comment about sweatshirts gave me a giggle. 3 years ago when we went to New England, I told Mike he should pack a sweatshirt and jeans. His comment was, “But it’s summer! I’m not taking a sweatshirt!” Guess what we ended up buying in Block Island!!!

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