3 Weeks, 4 Islands, 6 Harbors – Tashmoo

On Friday, August 11, we departed from Menemsha on a very, very, very calm morning, heading north along the west coast to Lake Tashmoo.

It doesn’t get much calmer than this.

It was an easy and short ride from Menemsha to Lake Tashmoo.

The entrance to Lake Tashmoo can be a little intimidating. It is narrow and shallow. That red marker is way over to the left and must be kept to starboard (right) side.

This aerial photo shows the narrow and shallow entrance and channel into Lake Tashmoo, a saltwater lake fed by freshwater springs at its head and open to the sea.

No wake in the lake. Got it.

Once inside the lake, you are greeted by the osprey.

We have made a stopover in Lake Tashmoo many times to enjoy its quiet scenery and proximity to Vineyard Haven, but now we another reason to visit – Tortuga and Colin. It was one year ago that we met Colin here in Tashmoo.

Tortuga sighting in the mooring field.

We anchored in our usual place, near the back of the lake, past the moorings and town dock. Tashmoo is a nice place for quiet playtime such as sailing and kayaking.

The toys are out and ready to play.

The red x is our old anchoring spot.

 

As soon as we were in the kayaks, the pump-out boat/harbormaster (dual duty) came over and informed us that we could not anchor there. In the fall of 2016 much of the lake became a protected designated eelgrass area. OOOO Kaaay. We had to move about 50 feet back farther into the head of the lake.

 

We were lucky to find enough space to anchor in the non-eelgrass area.

Kayaking to the head of the lake. So peaceful.

A trio of row boats nestled under the tree limb.

Geese and swans paddled about with us.

We spent one afternoon on the beach by the entrance channel. It was the weekend and there was plenty to watch, both people and boats.

One family’s no-stress kite flying method.

Three boats of interest:
– a cat boat with a deep red sail
– a newer Catalina 14.2, similar to our Marigold
– a catamaran that goes forward or backward without turning

Lynn and Colin

 

We had time to enjoy a dinner with Colin and Lynn aboard Kindred Spirit. They loaned us their bikes so that we could ride into Vineyard Haven and do a little shopping.

 

 

 

Colin took us for a car ride to Lambert’s Cove, on the west side between Menemsha and Lake Tashmoo. We pass it by boat but have never seen it up close. A lovely beach and sunset view.

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