41 27 N 70 36 W
Plans continue to change as we go….Bar Harbor
to Gloucester on Tuesday and onward to Martha’s Vineyard today.
Yesterday was simply a gorgeous day to be
on the water…even if it was a motor sailing cruise for the 150 nm.
Today quite the contrary…half the
distance (80 nm)…sails only/no need for an engine…but TERRIBLE sea
conditions even though the wind was as forecast…only 16 to 22 kts
carrying us on a broad reach.….but the seas were so rough it was
ridiculous…you just had to get through it. It reminds us of Bay of Biscay
where the Atlantic Ocean is forced up from its depths to relatively shallow
water in the Bay off western France giving a notoriety to sailing experiences
in this region. Well, it seems that a “nor-easter” pushes the
Atlantic similarly into Massachusetts Bay and, due to the quick change to
relatively shallow depths, the seas just get backed up and roll violently
towards the inshore areas….. for many miles distant from shore.
The weather reports here in the USA give
credit for this strong weather to a “Canadian High” that rolled in
and blanketed the northeast…..won’t be long before credit it once given
to Canada for the dumps of snow that accompany this sort of nor-easter in the colder
season not far away on the calendar. We are definitely looking forward to
warmer climates…..but we should add that the water temp improved by about
4 degrees C / 7 degrees F just by getting to Gloucester
from Bar Hrbr (where it was the same temp as Bay of Fundy).
That meant a move in one day of our sailing from 15 C / 59 F up to 19.5 C
/ 67 F. Now where we are anchored in Martha’s Vineyard, it has climbed
further to 71.5 F 21.9 C……keeps going like this, we will be
swimming before long…..>>”wishful thinking”.
We still intend to get to Nantucket but
had to seek refuge this afternoon here in The Vineyard as it would have been 25
nm of slamming the 25 – 30 kts on the nose and those terrible seas