The threat of late day showers and thunderstorms inspires an early start to the day. At 6:30 AM, the anchor is up and the bow of Cutter Loose is headed south in Narragansett Bay. We pass under the Jamestown Bridge, bid a quick farewell to Newport and enter the now familiar waters of Rhode Island Sound.
The gameplan for today is to travel northeast in Buzzard’s Bay in search of an overnight anchorage that will position us for an easy sail to Nantucket on Wednesday or whenever the weather clears. By noon, we leave Cuttyhunk Island astern and sail parallel to the northwestern shoreline of the Elizabeth Island archipelago…16 islands that divide Buzzards Bay from Vineyard Sound.
By 2:30 PM, we are snugly anchored in Hadley Harbor, a protected cove on the northeast tip of Naushon Island. From our anchorage in the outer harbor, we can see the ferry docks at Woods Hole. Without warning, an early evening fog bank creeps through the harbor, prematurely eliminating all semblance of daylight and the view of our attractive surroundings.
A cold front will move through the area overnight, bringing showers and thunderstorms ahead of the front. We will await the elusive combination of slack tide and clear weather before leaving the protection of this harbor.