Southbound Day 2 - a pre-dawn start from Tenants Harbor bound for Gloucester
Date 2010 Wednesday 29 August 2012
A number of things that you should know about pre-dawn departures from anchor:
1. It is very dark.
2. Avoiding the mud on the anchor requires dexterity, agility and a hose pipe.
It may be 0430 in the morning but
that is the time that every lobster boat in
4. Following a lobster boat out where you can see both port and starboard navigation lights, a steaming light and a stern light all at the same time does make working out which direction it is going interesting.
Having managed all of the above successfully we headed out and hung a
right to head for
The next 7 hours were the most wonderful sailing on a fast reach with little in the way of sea. All good things come to an end however and just after noon the wind gradually backed and forced us firstly hard onto the wind and then the decision either to tack or use diesel to maintain our course. Diesel won the day.
Lunch deserves a mention in full technicolor:
Grilled spiced chicken and salad on a fresh pita bread from the deli in
Dieseling may be boring but it was going to get us there at about 2000
which meant an arrival in the dark but we have done this with
The day continued with a
completely clear sky and the high pressure gave the most interesting
sunset. This photograph, courtesy of my new Canon camera with 35x zoom is
taken just south of
We had originally though that we might go ashore and eat at the Cape Anne Brewery but it had been a long day and we will save that delight for the morrow. The mate adopted her Chef’s hat and on arrival produced a very welcome pork in cream and mushroom sauce, cooked en-route.