Well things are settling down with Sue and I aboard Sogno, as we work our way down the coast toward our first major cruising ground, the
Before the Beginning
Somewhere along about Sept 10, we really started to realize we were running out of time to meet our Sept 17 departure target. Let's just say that we managed to jointly work through our personal packing/cleaning issues as we approached Sat. Sept 15, our planned move aboard Sogno date. We had lots of cleaning and restowing to do to make our home ready for our wonderful house sitters Jon and Shawna to move in. Brian, the pack rat, had plenty of things to dispose of, which was really a challenge. We almost finished by Sat. at , but had to call it quits on a few last things, until Sunday.
We then dashed down to attend a 60th birthday party for our longtime friend Margaret who lives in
Sunday we finally moved all our stuff aboard Sogno, stowed most of it (sort of) and then had a farewell dinner at the Marblehead Yacht Club. Not fancy by any means but our friends Dan and Elaine assured us we were DONE, and it was time for us to go. We were running out of room inside, and the painted water line was about to submerge. Any more time and we would probably sink poor Sogno who was stuffed to overflowing.
The Start (Mon, Sep 17)
We woke to a great morning with good winds out of the NE, which was perfect for getting to our first stop,
Even though every thing was perfect for a good sail, we decided to turn it into a motor sail, to give the batteries a good charge. The trip was only about three hours, but the work involved in getting this first step had been way more than either of us had anticipated.
We had our usual nice time in Scituate, with a walk down the main drag, a stop at the hardware store, grocery store and of course the Satuit Tavern for some steamers and a beer. It was an early night after one of Sue's many variations on a chicken theme for dinner.
Getting in the Cruising Groove (Tue, Sep 18)
Underway at 9am to get through the
It had been a long day, so after "Broccoli Alfredo" it was lights out at around 10.
Cruising where the Cruise Ships go (Wed, Sep 19)
Our next stop was
Stepping Back into History (Thurs, Sep 20)
As we left
This time the sailing was limited by the direction of the wind, but we managed to turn it into a motor sail which improved our speed. (We were motoring but getting some boost from the wind that was off our starboard bow.) Our next stop was Mystic Seaport in CT. Although we felt a bit nervous, we managed to squeeze into Fisher Island Sound at the Watch Hill passage, at the same time a tug and big barge were sharing the narrow pass. In short order we were soon motoring up the
After checking in, Sue led the cleanup gang, before we could have cocktails and a steak dinner on board Sogno. We then went up to the Seaman's Inne, and got "shanghaied" by a wonderful couple from Cos Cob, CT, who were also on a dock near us aboard Devil Moon. (That should have been a clue). We went back to see each others boats, and talk about heading south. We didn't get back to Sogno until . So much for cruiser's hours!
Membership has its privileges (Fri, Sep 21)
The next day we had a chance to enjoy the many exhibits at Mystic. We have been members for a year, so we finally had a chance to really see things we never seemed to have time for when we came down for day trips. We really liked the Restoration Shipyard and were amazed at all the things they can do when restoring vessels in their collection. We also had our first chance to check email and do the internet thing at the members lounge area, complete with fresh coffee. (Badly needed after the late night on Devil Moon).
We also arranged to have our first repair done, replacing a broken batten. (This is a flat "stiffener" made of fiberglass, which is used to keep the sail well shaped. There are four of them on our mainsail, and the top one had snapped.) We ended up finding a very helpful sailmaker (UK Halsey) that managed to replace the one that had broken, plus give us some spare material we could use, if we had any problems with the other battens.)
We finished the day, with a relaxing walk down the river to the town, and dinner on a patio next to the river walk. Cruising was getting very addictive.
Rocking at Sachem Head (Sat, Sep 22)
We left at for the first Bridge opening and slid through the already open RR bridge without a problem. Soon we were trying to sail on Fisher Islands Sound, but the wind was quickly gone and we were motoring into Long Island Sound with a 1.5 knot current against us. We passed by
We arrived at Sachem Head Yacht Club, and Brian was immediately slimed by the first mooring we tried to tie up to. The pennant (rope) attached to the float hadn't been used in years and was covered with all kinds of gunk. The second mooring went much better, and we soon dinghied into the dock to be greeted by Bob and Margaret. They immediately helped us with provisions and showers. We took them back to Sogno for cocktails in what was now a rollicking good swell from the exposed SW, with rain threatening from the North. We stuck to our guns (I mean glasses) and were able to enjoy a decent sunset, before we went ashore for a delicious dinner at Bob/Margaret's, even though they were leaving on an early flight the next day. We were back aboard Sogno by and were glad to see the seas had calmed considerably. We had a restful night.
We had our best sail of the cruise, with strong winds that got us most of the way to Eaton's Neck,
Seaport of the
Long Island Sound was dead calm as we made the short run to
Homeland Security (Tues, Sep 24)
Well today's entry is pretty short. As we were heading out at word came over the VHF radio, that the Coast Guard was shutting down traffic on the
On the bright side, we finally found the time to organize our blog a bit, and give you an idea of what we're up to. Our goal is to update this once a week. No promises, but we do want to share our experiences with all our friends. You've encouraged us, given us advice, and helped us out in many countless ways as we got ready for the big trip. We hope you'll enjoy it and drop us a line occasionally to let us know what you'd like to hear more about.
Sue and Brian
Sue and Brian