Introduction

IntroPhoto
Geoff Rand
Cows on Nashawena Island. The entrance to Quicks Hole is beyond the rocky point, with Pasque Island in the background.

Published sailing directions from the 1850s declare "The best way to New Bedford, even for vessels from the west, is through Quick's Hole. . ." {Norie}

This was written as New Bedford enjoyed the prime of its whaling industry. Shipmasters then apparently preferred the bold shores of the Elizabeth Islands to the low reefs guarding the (much wider) entrance to Buzzards Bay.

Today's weather forecasts, navigational electronics, copious buoys and auxiliary motors make the Buzzards Bay entrance far less daunting. Most traffic passes in and out of the Bay between Cuttyhunk and the mainland to the west, or Woods Hole to the east. Quicks Hole is largely ignored, except by local fishermen. For a cruising sailor, Quicks is rarely on the way to anyplace except Menemsha, but it is a lovely and remote little stretch of water.

more on Quicks Hole. . .