Category Archives: Summer Cruise 2011

Our summer cruise to New England

Thursday, August 25th – lay day in Dering Harbor

We are awake at daybreak to the sound of 20 knots of wind whistling through the rigging.  In our state of residual dreaminess, our first thought is that Irene has arrived earlier than expected.  But this is not the case.  … Continue reading

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Wednesday, August 24th

At 6 AM, Cutter Loose is underway from its mooring at Orient Harbor.  Our destination for today is Port Jefferson, some 50 miles to the southwest of Orient Harbor.  We pass through the tidal rips at Plum Gut to enter Long Island Sound.   … Continue reading

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Tuesday, August 23rd

Irene is very much on our minds today.  The fundamental question for today is whether to stay in Newport or seek protection elsewhere.  Newport Harbor is exposed to the north…not an ideal place to be in a blow.  We decide … Continue reading

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Monday, August 22nd – lay day in Newport

The passage of a cold front early this morning was more of a wind event than a rain event.  Maximum wind speeds in Newport Harbor were in the 20 knot range…significantly less than forecasted.  Winds out of the northwest bring … Continue reading

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Sunday, August 21st – lay day in Newport

The day begins at Starbucks followed by the 9:30 AM service at First Pres.  For the second Sunday running, we witness a congregation that is lamenting the imminent departure of its organist and choir director.  At noon, the wind is … Continue reading

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Saturday, August 20th

The sun and the anchor are up at 7:15 AM in Hadley Harbor.  This marks the beginning of the 79th day of our summer cruise.  What a difference a day makes!  Yesterday, Buzzards Bay was a mass of whitecaps and choppy … Continue reading

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Friday, August 19th

Wind against current, always a deterrent.  This old mariner’s addage became our watchword for the day. We depart Scituate Harbor at 8 AM with the goal of arriving at the Cape Cod Bay entrance to the Cape Cod Canal at … Continue reading

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Thursday, August 18th

The anchor is up at 6:30 AM in Gosport Harbor, Isles of Shoals.  Today, we leave Maine and enter New Hampshire en route to Scituate, Massachusetts, 51 miles to the southwest.  Logistically, overnighting in Scituate Harbor positions Cutter Loose to … Continue reading

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Wednesday, August 17th

With light winds and sunny skies, today is an ideal day to travel.  But first, the luxury of a slip demands that we give Cutter Loose a bath…a decision that we would later regret. The short option for today is … Continue reading

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Tuesday, August 16th

It was a rolly, windy, noisy night aboard Cutter Loose in Camden Harbor.  Northeasterly winds, rain and fog remain in the area at daybreak.  A small craft advisory has been issued and remains in effect for Penobscot Bay.  The weather gods of Maine … Continue reading

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