Stuck in Nantucket
Suzie Too - Western Caribbean
David & Suzanne Chappell
Tue 12 Jul 2011 14:10
We seem to have become quite attached to Nantucket despite the occasional wind and the frequent fog, but we are finding our way around, know where to get provisions and bits and are even getting recognised by people, well we do hang out in the same bar. The Americans are more friendly here, but apparently they are the same ones we have seen in NY, the locals here say they know how stressed they all are in NY and none of them go there. Suzanne was also told by a local woman that spends six months of the year here and has a yacht, that even she cannot get into NYC – you have to join up for the year.
We have even got quite accustomed to the clicking noises, which sound like a wood pecker, under the boat each night, which we think must be lobsters or crabs in some kind of sexual frenzy, maybe they are excited by our ultra sonic vibrators, doesn’t seem to work for me. I also wondered about how effective these will be at keeping whales away from the boat, the depth sounders and forward looking sonars at 200Khz are totally ineffective, so here’s hoping, cos a whale on you boat can ruin your whole day – have you seen this ?
Follow the link (not anyone at TMS cos you are supposed to be finishing the billing run)
So we have been hanging out with our Mega and Super Yacht friends, MITseaAH came in after we last saw her crew in the Victory Bar at St Louis Marina in St Georges, Grenada. Then we bumped into the crew of J Class J-5 Ranger in the fish market and had last spoken with them in Antigua Yacht Club over Sunday lunch in Falmouth Harbour. BTW Derecktors, that carried out our repairs, also built the previous MITseaAH, a motor yacht, and the huge motor yacht, Cakewalk, that we saw in Bermuda.
So today we have 20kt winds from the SW and are going to sit here at anchor and then go on Wednesday to Chappaquiddick at the east end of Martha’s Vineyard, unfortunately made infamous by a certain Senator and a young Intern, Mary Jo, doing what young Interns seem to do with old married politicians. (sorry no pics Ed)
Extract below from Wikipedia
Death Main article: Chappaquiddick Incident
On July 18, 1969, Kopechne had attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island, off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, held in honor of the Boiler Room Girls for their dedicated work. It was the fourth such reunion of the Robert F. Kennedy campaign workers. Kopechne reportedly left the party at 11:15 p.m. with Robert's brother Ted, after he — according to his own account — offered to drive her to catch the last ferry back to Edgartown, where she was staying. She did not tell her close friends at the party that she was leaving, and she left her purse and keys behind. Kennedy apparently drove the 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 off a narrow, unlit bridge, without guardrails, that was not on the route to Edgartown. It landed in Poucha Pond and overturned in the water. He extricated himself from the vehicle and survived, but Kopechne did not. Kennedy failed to report the incident to the authorities until the car and Kopechne's body were discovered the next morning. Kopechne's parents said that they learned of their daughter's death from Ted Kennedy himself, before he reported his involvement to the authorities, but that they learned Kennedy had been the driver only from wire press releases some time later. A private funeral for Kopechne was held on July 22, 1969, at St. Vincent's Roman Catholic Church in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, attended by Kennedy. She is buried in the parish cemetery on the side of Larksville Mountain.
A week after the incident, Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury. He received a two-month suspended sentence. On a national television broadcast that night, Kennedy said that he had not been driving "under the influence of liquor" nor had he ever had a "private relationship" with Kopechne. The Chappaquiddick incident and Kopechne's death became the topic of at least fifteen books, as well as a fictionalized treatment by Joyce Carol Oates. Questions remained about Kennedy's timeline of events that night, about his actions after the incident, and the quality of the investigation and whether official deference was given to a powerful and influential politician and his family. The events surrounding Kopechne's death damaged Kennedy's reputation and are regarded as a major reason that he was never able to mount a successful campaign for President of the United States. Kennedy expressed remorse over his role in her death, in his posthumously-published memoir, True Compass.