Coastal Passage Making June 2009

The 2009 spring Coastal Passage Making course had two boats, Melissa and Invictus, two instructors and seven students. We left on a Thursday headed for Sandwich and the Cape Cod Canal; the larger plan was to sail around the outside of the Cape.

two crew navigating
KC Cucchi
The crew on Invictus plotting their strategy in Sandwich.
man napping on deck
KC Cucchi
Longer passages make time for a nap on deck.
underside of sagamore bridge
Mark McGann
View from the water of the Sagamore Bridge.
railroad bridge
Mark McGann
One tower of the Railroad Bridge.
rafted in hadley harbor
KC Cucchi
On Friday night we rafted the boats up in a foggy Hadley Harbor for dinner on the grills.
catboat in hadley
KC Cucchi
View from the mooring in Hadley Harbor.
trimming the spinnaker
Geoff Rand
Saturday featured a spinnaker run from Woods Hole to Nantucket.
scallop dragger
Geoff Rand
An outbound scallop dragger in Nantucket Sound.
melissa sailing into nantucket
Geoff Rand
Melissa sailing in to the entrance channel to Nantucket harbor.
instructor and students tying knots
Geoff Rand
Instructor David Gayton showing some knots to the crew on Melissa.
night harbor scene in Nantucket
Mark McGann
Night view of the Nantucket Boat Basin.
harbor scene in Nantucket
Geoff Rand
Morning at the Nantucket Boat Basin, nearly empty in early June.
sailboat with spinnaker off great point lighthouse
Geoff Rand
Melissa off Nantucket's Great Point Light on a slightly hazy Sunday morning. It's the start of a nearly fifty-mile spinnaker leg from Nantucket, through Pollock Rip and along the outside of the Cape, until the wind built and drew a little too far forward near Highland Light.
whale feeding with sea birds
Mark McGann
Sunday afternoon we were just north of Provincetown. Over almost an hour we watched dozens of whales spouting, feeding and sounding. For all of us, it was the most amazing whale sighting we've experienced.
whale flukes
Mark McGann
The whales often swam in pairs, diving right next to the boat.
plate of eggs, sausage, english muffin
KC Cucchi
Sunday night was a beat across Cape Cod Bay in 25 knot northwesterlies and 4-foot seas, with a 2:30 am arrival in Scituate. Breakfast under sail Monday morning headed back to Boston made up for the understandably light dinner the night before.
boat at dock
Drying out after 5 days under sail.
boat at dock
Geoff Rand
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