Setting up the blog
Thanks to Sage for helping us set up this blog.
Monday August 26th we sailed from Apponaug Harbor towards Cuttyhunk. However, we got a late start (11:30) and by the time we were out of Naragansett Bay, it was mid afternoon... the winds were favorable (SW 15-20) and seas 3-4' and our new jib was performing beautifully - - but it was getting late and rain was forecast, so we ducked in to the Sakonnet River, just east of Newport and anchored at Third Beach for the night.
Monday night and Tuesday morning it rained - a lot - - the dinghy was half full! After it cleared and we dinghyed Sage in to shore to go for a run... then we had a lovely sail up the Sakonnet to another anchorage - where we spent a quiet night.
Wednesday, with news that Ian will come down tomorrow to sail with us, we headed back through pea soup fog towards Naragansett Bay. We stopped briefly at Newport, but the anchor windlass controller was not working, again, and we decided it needed permanent corrective electrical fix as this was an essential need for our cruising, so we headed up to Hunt Marine in Portsmouth, to a dock space where we could get this done - -by ourselves or by technicians. This facility is next to the Hinckley Yacht yard so we had lots of nice boats to gawk at...besides tending to our windlass controller repair prep (removing all the chain and anchors from the anchor locker in the forepeak).
Today's big adventure was motoring in the dense fog - - for which Sage provided critical bow lookout-- and encountering a huge fishing drift net - -which we were able to back out of, without entangling the prop... whew! Other than this brief tense moment, we had a great day and are settling in to our routines aboard, alternating as 'captain of the day' - - and working through it all - - together - -and loving it!
PS Note from Dorothy -- Sage also wrote a nice blog post about today's travels, with lots of GREAT photos -- enjoy it here: http://beaconstmanor.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-last-week-of-summer.html
Thank you, Sage!!!