14 September 2011
For once the tide god was looking in our direction and it would have
been inadvisable to start too early. A “leisurely” 0700 start
was therefore made in order to make the best of the west going tide down
Buzzards Bay and across to Block Island, our staging post before the longer
haul to Cape Charles
at the mouth of the Chesapeake.
There is not much to say about the 55nm motored. We had the odd
attempt to sail but the wind resolutely refused to do much other than blow from
the direction of Block Island.
Fortunately there was not much of it and the sea was slight allowing good
progress to be made under engine without over doing it.
Having left before slack water we carried the tide, or at least had no
noticeable adverse tide and of course arrived at Block
Island at low water. The entrance into the lagoon at Block
Island is both narrow and potentially shallow; the channel at times is very
close to the beach and you are certainly in danger of carrying away the
fishermen on the beach’s lines as you shake hands in passing.
We decided that we were unlikely to go ashore as we had both been to Block Island before and we therefore were free to take a
good anchorage some considerable distance from the nearest jetties.
Rebecca, Sid’s wife, having briefed me as to what to purchase,
Sid was able to produce his signature dish of tagliatelle with blue cheese and
baby spinach; complete with a photograph to prove the point.
Sorry Sid, your cover is blown; I think that the G&T in the