Some days just turn out differently than anticipated. Our objective for the day is simple…to rendezvous with friends John and Dianne Schultz at their yacht club in Noroton, CT, only 18 miles northeast of Port Washington.
This goal seems entirely achievable. The NOAA marine weather forecast calls for winds out of the east at 5 to 10 knots. Although skies are gray, Cutter Loose will have no problem powering its way through headwinds of this magnitude.
However, on the Sound, we encounter quite another story. East winds are blowing 20 knots with gusts to 27. Wave heights are three feet. Cutter Loose pitched and pounded its way to Noroton, arriving at 2 PM. John and Dianne arranged a guest mooring at their yacht club for Cutter Loose. Unfortunately, they were required to leave Noroton before our arrival to attend to a family emergency. We must postpone our rendezvous with John and Dianne for another time.
Although our mooring is protected from the strong easterly winds, the swells entering this harbor from the Sound are creating a rock ‘n roll Saturday night aboard Cutter Loose. Despite the motion, we are thankful to be safe and secure.
The weather map becomes more complicated by the moment. A stationary front will return to Western Long Island Sound as a warm front, only to be overtaken by a cold front sometime on Sunday. Tomorrow will be a wait-and-see situation.