The 2021 boating season was our first “real” summer with our “new” Kadey Krogen 39. The summer of 2020 didn’t quite meet our usual standards for boating, as we all well remember (covid and my spinal surgery, in case you may have forgot). But all summers in New England eventually come to an end, sadly.
September can be a lovely month for boating with moderate temperatures and fewer crowds. Towards the end of September we gathered in Watch Hill with boating friends for one last Napatree visit. Because New England weather is so changeable, we braced ourselves that this could be the last boating trip of 2021. Photos are from LeeAnn.
The weather for the last week of September looked pretty decent and we had no medical appointments scheduled. Between the two of us, there always seems to be an appointment when the weather is good and none when the weather is bad. I wish doctors could be flexible enough to accommodate our weather issues. 😉
We could squeeze in one more little trip so off we went to the Mystic area. On our way to Ram Island, one of our favorite nearby little anchorages, we switched things up and chose Enders Island instead. Enders Island is an 11-acre island at the base of the Mystic River, attached to Mason’s Island by a small causeway/bridge and just a bit beyond Ram island. It is home to a Catholic Retreat Center, independently owned operated by a Board of Trustees since 2003. Dedicated to the spiritual care, recovery from addiction, and studies in fine arts within the Christian tradition.
We had a relaxing day, enjoying the scenery and puttering around the boat. Once again, the setting sun was a treat for our eyes while our ears were serenaded by bagpipes from Enders Island.
A sunny beginning to the day, but also a very chill morning! Chimes rang out across the water from the island to signal the 9:00 am morning Mass.
We welcomed October the next day with sweatshirts again. Although the day still began very chilly (47 degrees) it soon felt much warmer than the last day of September (yesterday) with brighter and more consistent sunshine.
Although we found the cove at Enders island to be quite charming, we predict that during the summer months the anchorage would be very rolly from boat wakes in Fishers Island Sound. We weren’t ready to return to SYC yet and decided to head up the Mystic River.
We anchored in a designated anchor area near the moorings across from Mystic Shipyard. There was plenty of room at this time of the season, but we can remember this being a tight squeeze in previous years.
After two days sitting on the boat and in the dinghy, we were feeling a little antsy. It was a very nice day so we hopped in the dinghy again for the ride to the downtown Mystic.
We ate a light lunch outdoors at SIFT, a French focused bakery located here and with a smaller shop in Watch Hill. The owner chef, Adam Young, has been on several Food Network contests and was named Best Baker in America in 2018 by Food Network. His bakeshop features artisanal breads, breakfast pastries and sweet and savory treats.
We stopped in Mystic’s Sea Bags, a business that began in Portland, Maine making handmade tote bags sewn from recycled sails. Fourteen years later, the business has expanded to 39 locations with shops in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina, Florida, and California. I have two bags from Sea Bags, a medium one and a small pouch, both well-made and lovely. One reason we like to stop into the shops when we pass by one is that they carry a soy candle line from Salty Beach Studio, created by our friend Carol in Camden, Maine
The weather for the following week was forecast to be even better with temperatures in the low 70’s. We decided to squeeze one more little overnight in just before our haul out date of October 14th. We scooted over to West Harbor on Fishers Island for a final “last hurrah.”
West Harbor is always a favorite place when we don’t have much time and just want to get off the dock. Accomplishing some of the pre-hauling chores was much more pleasant out there in the sunshine and on the water than it would have been at the dock or on the hard.
It was sunny. The air was about 70 degrees. The water temperature was 67 degrees. This was my last chance to swim off the boat. Hmmm……. should I or shouldn’t I?
Time to go back to Shennecossett Yacht Club for the night so that we can be ready for our morning haul out slot. Dean and Mary Jo were hauling Jallao out too so the four of us enjoyed a “pre-haul” dinner at GO FISH.
We squeezed in three “last hurrahs” and enjoyed each one. Already looking forward to the 2022 season!