The Guys’ Sea Trip – Delivery to Maine

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The “guys” went on a road trip by sea. Al’s friend, Gil, needed a crew to help him take his 32 foot Catalina to Camden, Maine, where his wife, Judy, would then join them, by car.  The crew of 3 (Gil, Al, and Walter) left SYC early on Monday, July 15th, the 2nd day of a 7-day heat wave here in Connecticut — high 90’s and humid every single day.

Al, Walter, and Gil
Al, Walter, and Gil
Leaving SYC behind. Passing Watch Hill COast Guard Station
TOP – Captain Gil at the helm, leaving SYC behind.  BOTTOM – Passing Watch Hill Coast Guard Station.

The first day of 10 hours of motoring brought them to Cuttyhunk Island.

CLOCKWISE from upper left -  Coast Guard Station at Cuttyhunk,  Dawn, Sunset, morning light on the hull.
CLOCKWISE from upper left – Coast Guard Station at Cuttyhunk, Dawn, Sunset, morning light on the hull.

Second day was a short one up Buzzards Bay to Onset. After a night in Onset to refuel, it was time for the Cape Cod Canal. Timing is everything in the Canal – catch the right current!

Cape Cod Canal
Upper – In the Canal
Lower – Canal Pilot Boat

Leaving Onset was the beginning of the long leg – 33 hours. Once through the Canal and past Provincetown, the sails went up. The evening began calmly, but everything changed around 10:30 pm. The seas kicked up to 4 -8 feet, followed by thunder and lightening. There they were, on a small boat with a mast, the only tall thing around for miles. Al found it fascinating to watch the lightening strikes on the water, but was always conscious of just how dangerous this could turn out to be. Once the heavy rain began, the seas flattened, making things a little easier. That new foul weather jacket was put to good use.

There are no photos of the journey through the night. Morning came and so did calmer conditions. The sail boat in the distance was a happy sight – where did they come from and what was their night like?

thru the night

The coastline of Maine appeared, as beautiful as people say it is.

Maine coastline

The sights and sounds of Camden’s harbor —

Sights and sounds Camden

Boats, boats, and more boats —

Camden boats fish kayak sail

A few scenes from the town of Camden.

Camden town collage
Don’t you just love the young entrepreneurs in the lower right? Al supported their business by purchasing 2 sand dollars and 4 pieces of sea glass, for $2.00 total.  That is my favorite photo from his entire trip.

This was Al’s first overnight voyage, with rotating watches, and the additional challenge of some rough weather. He thoroughly enjoyed it. When is it my turn???? 🙂

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