2019-08-07 Hyannis MA

Departing Vineyard Haven Magnolia headed for Hyannis MA. Another new stop for us. We departed late from Vineyard Haven and had a fair current the entire short passage.

The Admiral was not a huge fan but I wanted to anchor off the Kennedy in Hyannis Port before moving further into the harbor to Hyannis Yacht Club where we had a mooring ball reserved.

We anchored in at the red spot on the picture. Evidently man people confuse the large house to the right of the dock as the main Kennedy house. In fact it is the house and houses to the left of the picture that are the ones.

Note not the big house on right, but the one on the left.

After moving the boat over to Hyannis, we went for a lovely stroll around town.

One of the two big reason to come to Hyannis was so Annette along with her friend Debra could attend a Sea Glass Festival taking place in Hyannis

Debra had never visited Magnolia so of course was able to give Debra a tour of our home. She seemed to really like her time aboard.

We wrapped the day up with lunch ashore at the Hyannis Yacht Club…the ladies seemed like they had a terrific day and I was happy to meet Debra again!

The next day we walked around Hyannis and marveled at all the Kennedy historic locations. Here is the JFK memorial just up from the yacht club where we were moored.

Looking out to the harbor with Annette in front of the large mooring field.

There was also a Memorial to the Korean War as well.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy_Hyannis_Museum ) I really enjoyed this stop. I thought it was very well done and a lot of interesting information and photos. Highly recommended!

This is the Hyannis Armory where JFK made his acceptance speech on election night November 1960 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_United_States_presidential_election )

Now here is the really bad news…our friends Frank and Elaine came to visit the following day. Frank & Elaine were some of my oldest friends from the condominium we lived at in Arlington VA. They have a summer home on the Cape and came for a visit. Sadly we had such a lovely visit aboard Magnolia and lunch ashore no one remembered to take a picture!

Hyannis was a wonderful stop and so glad we made the effort to come up to the South Shore of Cape Cod!

2019-07-27 — Oak Bluffs & Vineyard Haven MA

I have to say I had never heard of Oak Bluff until the day before we arrived. The original plan was to head for Vineyard Haven but some significant weather forced us to seek better protection than offered by Vineyard Haven

Oak Bluff was the pleasantest of surprises! A thriving waterfront, a historic downtown and lots of Ice Cream Shops…whats not too love? ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Bluffs,_Massachusetts )

…and time to chill and enjoy a morning cup of coffee. Oh yes, there are limited mooring balls and no anchoring so we chose to share a ball than being assigned a stranger later on.

Wesleyan Grove – “Wesleyan Grove is a 34-acre National Historic Landmark District in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Also known as the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association (MVCMA) or the Campgrounds, it was the first summer religious camp established in the United States. It is famous for its many Carpenter Gothic[3][circular reference] cottages with Victorian-style, gingerbread trim.[4]Wesleyan Grove ” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesleyan_Grove )

Magnolia peeking out between the houses

The original Vineyard Vines….No, Edgartown was the original

Our favorite Ice Cream Shop….2 visits in 3 days…..

The morning of the “BIG” storm we decided to head in for a trim….insert dark humor here

Returning with the booty…a watermelon!

In the end we survived the storm though we did have a few tense moments…when you are on a mooring ball, not many feet from the neighboring boat and you it is blowing 40knts…you damn well better be a little tense or you are in the wrong business.

Morgan 3-Wheeler – I have never seen one of these before. Very cool ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_3-Wheeler )

I guess one mans junk is another ones art????

Patient shoppers…..

Game night….they did not do well with the colors orange and red…..

Heading around the corner for Vineyard Haven

Annette and Michele made it to the farmers market

Annette has been practicing her SeaGlass wrapping.

Annette and Mary (SV Pegasus) took the bus across Martha’s Vineyard to visit Aquinnah, Massachusetts formally known as Gay Head ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquinnah,_Massachusetts )

Gay Head Light ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Head_Light )

I did not know until researching this blog that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a farm in the area. Her Red Gate Farm is available for 65 million if you are interested.

( https://www.christiesrealestate.com/sales/detail/170-l-239-1906111036074454/red-gate-farm-the-jacqueline-kennedy-onassis-marthas-vineyard-estate-aquinnah-ma-02535 )

Long time readers know Greg & Marie Rogers (SV Second Sally) taught us most of what we know and gave us our start in cruising. Its was great we were able to meet up in Vineyard Haven

Having SV Second Sally (Greg & Marie), SV Pegasus (Rod & Mary), MV Kindred Spirit (Al & Michele) & MV Magnolia all together called for a party!

Every good party starts with good food which often and particularly this one starts early in the day. Todays main menu is Anthony’s Famous Barbecue Pizza. The beer based dough spends several hours resting and raising in the darkened but warm engine room. For more details see ( http://a2baker.com/magnoliablog/?p=4143 )

The dough is rolled and placed on the grill for to bake one side

The crust is then flipped and the desired topping applied

10 minutes later…poof pizza for the gang!

Early the next mornings it was time for Kindred Spirit to head for home. It was has been an amazing couple weeks shared with Al & Michele.

Kindred Spirit underway and heading for Groton CT with Second Sally behind..

Next it was time for Second Sally to get underway, they will be along the Maine coast in a couple days.

Annette and Mary went for a morning walk & shopping before Magnolia got underway for the trip across Vineyard Sound to Hyannisport, MA on Cape Cod.

2019-07-25 — Edgartown, MA

Departing Nantucket was a little on the sad side since that was as far east as were going to make it this season…it was also the first step in heading back home though we have LOTS to do before that happens!!!!

We departed Nantucket to a little late in the morning to better take advantage of the tides/currents in Nantucket Sound. The tides through there run over two knots and so you certainly do not want to be pushing AGAINST that and better yet letting it push you along in the RIGHT direction.

Arriving Edgartown Harbor ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgartown_Harbor_Light )

The First order of business was to find where the Vineyard Sound Acapella Group ( https://www.vineyardsound.org/ ) were performing. I was a bit skeptical if I would enjoy going in but the show turned out to be very good.

There were a couple of songs that went way beyond good…they were amazing!

Thanks go to our Vineyard experienced tour guides!

I have not been to many churches in the USA that were established before 1650!!! I find that utterly amazing…..

Next up was a road trip over to Vineyard Haven….

in search of the Original Vineyard Vines Store…..no silly…

We were in search of the Grace Episcopal Church! Huh? You are saying….looking closer you will not the sign for “Lobster Rolls.” ( https://www.yelp.com/biz/grace-episcopal-church-vineyard-haven ) See Grace Episcopal Church! has used the proceeds from their weekly sales to support the charitable work for years and you get the best darn roll on the island….talk about win win! ( https://www.facebook.com/gracechurchlobsterrolls/ )

Ok, not the best picture but boy was it good!

The church is in an amazing neighborhood AND you can pick this “little” place up for a few million…dont expect us to be retiring here!

If you are going to live on the Vineyard, you had better like Cedar Shingles….in Washington DC if you want a job for life you become a Escalator Repairman on the Vineyard, Cedar Shingler!

Long time boat friends Cheryl and Lee came by for a visit. We first met our freshmen year in Wardwick Wells and have crossed paths all over the east coast ever since.

National Ice Cream Day was appropriately celebrated oboard Kindred Spirit….YUM!

Edgartown Harbor has a floating barge/dock anchored out that allows you to take on fresh water. Never sail past easy access to fresh water….even if you have a watermaker!

This picture is actually from Tashmoo but forgot to include….one of my favorites!

Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven next!!!

2019-07-22 — Tashmoo & Nantucket

Departing Cuttyhunk Kindred Spirit & Magnolia headed Lake Tashmoo.

Entering Lake Tashmoo from Vineyard Sound can be a little challenging for deep draft vessels but we did not have any troubles. Some history of Lake Tashmoo ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashmoo_Springs_Pumping_Station )

Kindred Spirit traversing Vineyard Sound.

Magolia being passed by a sailboat…not the first and not the last….the life of a Krogen Owner….

Arriving Tashmoo we met up with our mutual friend Colin. (MV Tortuga)

Al Watson in his natural habitat

Colin aboard Tortuga

Magnolia’s Official Photographer, Mrs Michele Watson and her able assistant Alan Watson captured the below photos. They will become the center piece of our new note cards!

Departing Tashmoo Magnolia and Kindred Spirit made passage for Nantucket.

Spending time with my pal, Nuntuckets version of the “Thinker.” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thinker )

The crew of Magnolia has never visited Nantucket before so we all took a bus tour of the island to get an overview. I thought Sankaty Head Light and the surrounding area was really beautiful. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankaty_Head_Light )

Enjoying a beautiful sunset aboard Magnolia

We could not visit Nantucket without a beach day. Even anything made a rare beach appearance!

Celebrating Annette’s Birthday started with a her favorite sparkling rose wine. Michele wove the amazingly soft dish towel.

We then visited a lovely restaurant in Nantucket for dinner.

As is always the case we had a terrific celebration.

These are the people most like the image behind!!!

Heading back after a wonderful evening

Cedar Shingles are definitely the siding of choice along with beautiful flowers!

Yes, lets go to the Brewery today cause it might rain TOMORROW!!!!!

Lobster Rolls at Cisco Brewery ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cisco_Brewers )

Of course we did not realize it till the day we were departing we found that fellow Pentagon Sailing Club members Rhonda & Bruce Hoglund of “The Norm”

Next stop we head back to Martha’s Vineyard and Edgar Town Harbor

2019-07-21 — Block & Cuttyhunk

Kindred Spirit departed Groton and Magnolia Lake Montauk. We both arrived Block Island in the afternoon for a brief stay. Weather was closing in and we wanted to get further east before its arrival.

We did make time for a sunset ice cream run!!!

The following day we were off to Cuttyhunk which would give us good weather protection and less crowds than Block

Kindred Spirit is actually a bit faster than Magnolia but I did have to catch her on our poty quarter.

Rounding north shore of Block Island

We did see a couple other Krogens out. One was an unusual version that had a couple of masts for sails!

I guess sails do help!

We have favorable west winds and fair current making the passage a real delight.

Arriving and getting settled we headed to Lookout Park Cuttyhunk to get a view of the island.

Thats Magnolia anchored in the outer harbor right in the middle of the picture.

Descending from “Mount Everest.”

As is often the case, the sea and wind delivered yet another voyager to Cuttyhunk . SV Cutting Class, (Dan & Marcia). They returning west as we headed east which made the visit to Cuttyhunk all the better!

We fired the barbecue on Magnolia and everyone brought what they had aboard.

A wonderful evening of eating drinking catching up…..and CHOCOLATE!!!

As Dan and Marca headed off to Connecticut but crews of Kindred Spirit were in search of breakfast…which brought us to the Cuttyhunk Fishing Club. ( http://cuttyhunkfishingclub-bb.com/ )

I will say the breakfasts were fine, not extraordinary, but the view of Vineyard Sound was amazing

As we travel more and more in New England there is one aspect to the area that really appeal to my OCD. The rocks! All over the islands the rocks have been collected stacked into fences, houses and many other structures.

Lobster trap floats…a wide selection

Hang’n with Jake and Elwood!

Kindred Spirit prepares for her coming boat wash!

Next stop, off to Martha’s Vineyard

2019-07-18 — Fishers Island, NY – Montauk, NY

The summer tour begins…first stop a short hop out to Fishers Island for some post 4th of July fireworks. We had never visited Fishers Island and frankly I really did not grasp how many people actually live on these islands that physically separated from the mainland. Ferry boat in their only mode of transport. I guess you just make a ferry ride part of the plan as you need.

Kindred Spirit at anchor in West Harbor Fishers Island, NY (Yes its New York in spite of the fact it a lot closer to Connecticut)

Kindred Spirit at anchor in West Harbor, Fishers Bay

A great location to catch the afternoon races.

The crews aboard Kindred Spirit

We woke to a little fog…Magnolia engulfed!

Fishers Island

…..and then the fireworks barge arrived….JUST off Magnolia’s Bow…this could be interesting…..



back to interesting…….

In the end we were destroyed in a ball of fire though I would not have wanted to be any closer that is for sure!

Afternoon walk through the lovely park at the edge of town

Kindred Spirit had to make an appointment so while they took care of that, Magnolia headed for Montauk Lake.

The passage down to Lake Montauk, NY was an easy half day passage.

This is the coast of Fishers Island…lovely area for sure

The “Race Lighthouse” This light sits at the edge of Fishers Island in an area known as the race. During tide changes, the water RACES through here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_Rock_Light )

Entering the harbor you are greeted with the beautiful Montauk Coast Guard Station. What a summer posting this would make….perhaps the winter not so much ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coast_Guard_Station_Montauk )

SV Kismet (Jim & Laurie) were to be in Lake Montauk as well. We hera Kismet often on the HAM Radio but we seem to narrowly pass in many anchorages. Exploring Montauk Lighthouse was a real treat. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Point_Light )

Looking south to the quiet today Atlantic Ocean….some days not so quiet!

SV Kismet headed out heading west…something about a grandbaby!!!! 🙂 So exciting

Next post Magnolia meets back u with Kindred Spirit in Block Island, RI

2019-07-12 Sydney Wedding, Detroit & Groton

We arrived in Groton, CT a couple days before we had to depart for Detroit. We had a wonderful evening catching up with a number of people at Shennecossett and greatly appreciate SV Cutting Class for getting the ball rolling. The night before our departure we were gifted with a sensational sunset sendoff.

The primary purpose of our trip was to celebrate the wedding of my youngest niece Sydney and her husband Rodrigo. It was a wonderful afternoon!

My niece Lori cutting a rug with her daughter.

The happy Grandparents my Mom & Dad

My Brother and his daughter Sydney

A rare sighting….I am NOT wearing shorts!

Even though Magnolia was 700 miles away…we were able to keep an eye on her from the UConn webcam!!!!

We had very little time in Detroit but we did sneak in two special events. Friday morning while every one else was working we ran down to the Ford Motor Company Piquette Plant. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Piquette_Avenue_Plant )

Annette quickly found her care…of course it was Red…and it has pockets too…inside joke

I tended towards the blue coupe…

The volunteer docents gave a great tour and VERY enthusiastic !!!

Later in the afternoon we were joined for dinner by my nieces Lori & Janine…of course we gabbed and missed the picture!!!! Speaking of pictures…our friends Al & Michele sent some of Magnolia who hung on their mooring ball while we gone…THANK Al & Michele!

The day after returning to Connecticut our friends on SV Minx arrived fr a brief stay. As always we enjoyed our visit with Jay and Tonya. It was great fun to introduce Al & Michele as well as Anthony’s Famous Grilled Pizza with homemade Engine Room Dough!!!†

Next post the “Summer Tour Of New England” really gets rolling!

2019-07-05 — Connecticut

Once we knocked out the New Jersey coast passage Magnolia was really on easy street! We had good weather and easy passages along the coast of Connecticut.

First stop was a 270 protected cove near a small group of islands.

It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and evening!

I even took on a small boat project of wiring and installing some waterproof under counter lighting!

Next stop was the Thimble Islands. Our friends on Amici have a ball there and a great location to meet up with them!

Another tranquil anchorage to watch the world….( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thimble_Islands )

Of course we ONLY consume ice cream from historically significant parlors ( https://www.ashleysicecream.net/history ) yea thats not COMPLETELY true…..

Last stop on the Connecticut coast tour was into Groton Connecticut.

My friend Tom Leclercq was a submariner out of Groton. Said Ledge Light was how they knew they were home. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_London_Ledge_Light )

Arriving Groton we were welcomed by our friends Al & Michele of MV Kindred Spirit. They too were members of the class of 2013!!!!

We are off for a quick trip to Detroit and my nieces wedding. More next time!

2019-06-23 — Chesapeake Bay –> Cape May–>New York City & more VIPs

After a brief but wonderful stay in the Chesapeake it was time to get moving north. I have to say we were unable to see many many friends and family this stop but we are going to do better in the fall. We have to say it was a real treat to have my Godson and Cousin aboard. Hopefully he will not soon forget!

It was

A little dreary out but the wind was down and the seas were calm.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge – Annapolis MD

Passed this beauty along the way….

We made a nice day passage from Annapolis up to Chesapeake City, MD. With a small “blow” coming through it was a great place to hold up and catch up with our friends from SV Minx. It was great to see Jay & Tonya but we did miss seeing Peanut!!! There was even a second Kadey Krogen, Magnolia is the good looking girl!

Yes there was Ice Cream

Chesapeake City is RIGHT on the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesapeake_%26_Delaware_Canal ) Any ship from Northern Europe or East Coast US that is bound for Baltimore is going to come by here.

We were super excited to have our friends Jack & Kathys daughter come by for dinner and a visit.

It was great to spend time these ladies. It was great talking with these ladies. It was wonderful to hear there thoughts on future and eve a couple ideas on fashion!!!

Anthony, Christina & Alexi

The “blow” decided to hand on a bit longer than for farcast but Magnolia and Crew were game to make the passage down the Delaware Bay to set up for a an easy arrival to Cape May, NJ the following day.

Preparing to drop the anchor, my look kind of covers my thoughts on the weather

After a rolly night we woke to a lovely morning and easy entrance into the “back-door” at Cape May New Jersey.

Inlet at Cape May

We are very familiar Harriet Tubmans work in Cambridge, MD though completely unaware of her presence here in Cape May.

Because of our short stay in the Chesapeake we did not have time to visit the Tennar Homestead…thankfully Jack and Kathy were will to meet us in Cape May.

Jack, Kathy & Annette
Jack, Kathy, Annette & Anthony

Always a great time together and we found this wonderful little Italian place in town.

More on Harriet Tubman

While I stayed aboard Magnolia wrapping up a couple of things, the Admiral toured the Emlen Physick Estate (https://www.capemaymac.org/emlen-physick-estate).

A weather window opened so Magnolia made a dash up the coast of New Jersey. Really was one of the best passages we have had with the exception of fog over night

This para glider boat for some unknown reason decided to cross our bow with a chute up. Kinda nots and well REALLY stupid. A whole ocean…..

Para-Sailor Way TOO Close

Our arrival into New York coincided with favorable tide conditions allowed us to transit the East River and the formable Hells Gate passage into Long Island Sound.

Entering New York Harbor though the Verrazano Bridge ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verrazzano-Narrows_Bridge )

Last year with our friends on Kindred Spirit we anchored behind the Statue Of Liberty, this year she marks our right turn into the East River. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty )

Lower Manhattan & Battery ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battery_(Manhattan) )

Transiting up the East River

Approaching Port Washington after a 24 hour passage

It was a great trip up the coast and now a time to slow down a bit!

2019-06-09 — Reunions, VIP Guests

Long time followers know we are are gifted many many memorable moments…sharing time and experiences with those close to us. This couple of weeks…well we have made memories in spades. The week started with our return to our home marina, Hartges Yacht Harbor in Galesville, MD. The boatyard has been a family owned bussiness for well over a 100 years. It is easy to feel at home….it was good do be home.

First up was a reunion of some our Freshmen Class, 2013 sailing south class that is! MaryMarie has always been the best when it comes to the conch shell….when she is not signaling sunset with a shell she us playing her tuba….yea she is definitely a ringer!!!

SV Mandala – Ron & Nancy sailed to the Bahamas and sailed to Europe for a couple years until scooting down the coast of Africa to the Caribbean…most definitely most adventurous of us.

SV Exuberant – Burt & Prue have been running the coast a couple more years than the rest of us but have always appreciated learning from them. SV Eleanor Q, found adventures beyond cruising…yea I know…and yet they always welcome us home with open arm…and hearts too! What a wonderful and memorable evening at “Camp Quigley”

The “Cleckner Kids” had not a round-up recently and they were willing to come out for a Magnolia visit. Ellie and I did some kids stuff soldering on some gadgets while the “adults” caught up. I think everyone had a nice afternoon!!!

Lovely thing about Hartges is the lovely views afforded of the west River.

My Godson & Cousin came for a visit and a four day tour! The Admiral made the Watson/Tennar/Steinke stateroom as welcoming as you can make any space on a boat.

My cousin in-law Julie provided the art work which really adds the art flair!!!

My cousin Dan & Lori were kind enough to provide transportation out to Galesville. We are not experienced hosts for non-boaters so we were all going to larn together!

Schwab Leo went right to work safely piloting us across the Chesapeake Bay.

We anchored in Pickering Creek off the Wye River which happens to be home to Audubon Center . We walked around the facility and surrounding preserve

We also made a stop at the nearby Chesapeake Bay Herb Society…who would’a thunk?

After returning “mom” to Magnolia, Leo and I went out a played in Blossom for a bit!

The following day Magnolia made the trip back across the Chesapeake Bay and took up a mooring in Annapolis MD.

The crew got right to touring Annapolis. You know what they say, you never see your own backyard until someone come to visit. I am too embarrassed to say how many “spots” I have never visited ! First Stop, Maryland State Capital.

House Chamber
Senate Chamber

Annapolis was also the temporary capital of the United States in 1783. It was also where Washington resigned his military commision on December 23, 1783.

American author Alex Haley has a monument in downtown Annapolis…”Haley has stated that the most emotional moment of his life occurred on September 29, 1967, when he stood at the site in Annapolis, Maryland, where his ancestor had arrived from Africa in chains exactly 200 years before. A memorial depicting Haley reading a story to young children gathered at his feet has since been erected in the center of Annapolis. — Wikipedia

Next up was a guided tour of the Naval Academy. What a wonderful day it was. Our tour guide was a retired Naval Officer who gave an amazing tour!

The Academy Chapel is open to the public for weekly services as well as the occasional Organ recital.

Below the Chapel is the Crypt Of John Paul Jones the famous Revolutionary War Commander. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones )

It kind of cracked me up that Admirals Zumwalt & Burke had some of the largest and “loudest” stones in the cemetery. Kind of matched the personalities….

The recently deceased Senator John McCain’s resting place. People have left various trinkets celebrating his life. He is certainly missed…

Walked out the side door of the Academy and poof, there was Magnolia sitting proud

At end of the week…at the completion of the final examines including a bowline knot, Leo was promoted from Schwab to Mate First Class

It was a wonderful week of having Sheridan and Leo aboard. We hope they will choose to embark again! It was great to be back home. There are many people we did not get to visit….we will be working n that the month of September!!!!