Introduction

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Geoff Rand

Onset gets left off most cruising itineraries - we suspect because its proximity to the Canal is too close but not close enough. A sailor transiting the Canal is usually headed someplace else, not looking to stop. And when forced to lay over near the Canal, skippers tend to choose Sandwich for its just off the exit ramp convenience, rather than navigate the winding back road of a channel to Onset.

The channel into Onset doesn't feel as tight as the chart suggests, though, and at the end is a quiet, Victorian-inflected seaside resort. Onset is a particularly attractive option for the night if you intend to catch an east-going current through the Canal early in the morning, or if you've passed through the Canal westbound in the afternoon and don't relish punching your way through the chop into Buzzards Bay.

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