Monday, August 29th – 6th day in Shelter Island

Today is a gorgeous day…clear blue skies, just a hint of a high level cloud or two and abundant sunshine.  There is nothing quite like a hurricane to cleanse the atmosphere of haze and humidity.  It is a good day to be alive and it is particularly good to be back aboard Cutter Loose.

Today is a work day to transform the boat from hurricane defensive mode to cruising mode.  Sails are installed.  Canvas dodger, bimini and enclosure are erected.  The dinghy is removed from the lazarrette locker, inflated and hung from the stern arch.  We do our best to clean the salt spray from Cutter Loose with a limited supply of fresh water.  By 7 PM, our work is complete.  She feels like home again.

We want to thank everyone that has corresponded with us via e mail and phone calls during the past few days.  Your concern about our welfare is very much appreciated.  E mail helps us to stay connected.  We enjoy hearing from you, so please don’t wait for the next hurricane to communicate.  We are also counting our blessings and thinking of those less fortunate individuals who suffered losses resulting from Irene, including those who lost their lives. 

Tomorrow we resume our journey west in Long Island Sound.  After six days in Dering Harbor under challenging circumstances, it will feel good to be underway once again.

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