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  • Jul21

    Arrived in Hingham 6 pm

    July 21, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    We arrived at Hewitt’s Cove at 6 pm, after leaving at 8 am this morning. It would have taken only about 7 hours, but we were trying to catch some wind after we came out of the Canal, and got a little carried away. We ended up having to motor for 6 hours. Never my favorite. Especially when it must have been over 90, with no escape!

    I will post photos tomorrow!

    Final tally:
    2 whale sitings (probably a Minke)
    Many osprey and 3 baby osprey
    3 sunburns
    2 bumblebee stings (not the really bad kind)
    3 deer
    1 huge Quantum of Solace yacht (170’) that we think was owned by some Hollywood mucky-muck because that’s the name of a James Bond movie (based on very scientific evidence)
    23 knot winds
    1 drone
    1 small rainfall
    2 fogs
    0 people falling overboard
    3 cormorants with fish in their beaks
    Hermit crabs
    Oysters
    Snails
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  • Jul20

    More pictures

    July 20, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    The huge (75-100’) stealth boat appeared out of the fog. Although it doesn’t look like it, it was painted all gray and tan— camouflage colors. No name. We are pretty sure it is a spy boat for Blackwater Security.Read more

    Pretty sleek & groovy, I think. [Kathleen Osta]

    7/21/20Reply
    Susie Begley

    I didn’t realise Artemis was with you too 😊 All back safe and sound now?

    7/23/20Reply

    Definitely doesn’t look like a pleasure boat! [Amy]

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  • Jul20

    Onset Harbor

    July 20, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    We arrived in this pretty Harbor around 2 pm, after a rough 2 hours of sailing that felt like about 6 hours! Winds started at about 5k, then within an hour rose to 23-24k. Seas were about 1 ‘, but by the the time we headed to Onset the seas were up to 4-5’. It was an exciting day! Our speed was up to 9k, which is only because we were trying to slow down! It was pretty rocky and we were heeling quite a bit.

    A little before 1:00 we decided to head towards Onset, because the wind was continuing to rise (and 13 knots is about my limit). Soon after, fog started setting in and our visibility decreased rapidly. So it seemed like our decision to head in early was the right one.

    Once we arrived, we realized the fog was all around Onset but not in the harbor! A little island of sunshine. We went into town soon after we arrived. It’s a pretty, unpretentious town with lots of beaches. We needed more water, picked up a seafood dinner, and headed back to the boat before launch service stops at 5:30. Now we are just enjoying another beautiful evening with a nice breeze. It hit around 81 degrees today, with high humidity, but now the air is getting drier. Collin and Artemis are hoping to row over to Wicket Isl, about 50 feet away.

    We will leave tomorrow at 0830 to get into the canal before the tide shift makes it impossible to get through. Powerful boats don’t have to worry, but sailboats typically have engines that can’t match the 4-5 knot current we would have to motor against.
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  • Jul20

    Leaving Red Brook Harbor

    July 20, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    Pictures: Collin had a morning swim. The 3-master was moored near our boat. We passedthe Sunfish sailboat (blue and yellow sails) on our way out of the harbor. We were concerned because the wind was at 15 knots, already. Then we reaized that with the harbor depths of only 3’ outsideof the channel that even if they capsized they could still walk to shore.
    Collin at the helm while we left Red Brook Harbor.
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  • Jul19

    Grilling: Pros and Cons

    July 19, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    This grill looks so unassuming, doesn’t it? It’s cute, kind of friendly? Who would think that it actually has an evil side?

    Well, we didn’t see it. Oh, sure, David would occasionally mention that he thought it “slipped” a little, but really, it was fine, he probably just imagined it. After a couple of years, it sort of became a part of our boat family.

    Tonight David was using it to grill burgers. We were looking forward to them, as well as to the toasted buns and the grilled onions. Only two burgers and the onions and most of the buns were left to finish. I was coming up the companionway and saw David’s back, then the grill, to his right. And watched as the grill did a quick backwards sommersault , dropping everything over the stern of the boat. 😬

    We were sure half of our dinner had gone overboard, as well as all the grilled onions and luckily we had enough (untoasted) buns left. I told David to leave the grill, forget the food, and we would just eat what we had rescued.

    David noticed that one of the toasted buns had landed on the short shelf at the stern of the boat, kind of on top of some of the onions (boy, was it a mess!!) and told me to get the bun (which I thought was ridiculous but was trying to humor him in his panic) so I did (and put it on his plate, of course 🤫)He righted the grill (and I reminded him to TURN THE GRILL OFF before he kept fooling with it and burning himself) and started looking inside, and found the last two burgers and a bunch of the onions under the heat shield of the grill!! Truly a miracle, or, as we tend to call it, another example of the Wilkinson luck!!

    So now we know the grill’s true colors. We are considering its fate.

    And after dinner we enjoyed a lovely evening topside.
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  • Jul19

    Arrived at Cataumet

    July 19, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    We arrived at Cataumet this afternoon, after a foggy and roller coaster sail across the bay. The visibility was about a half mile, which was ok (although a little boring since we couldnt see any land)but the wind was almost 20 knots at times, so we had both sails reefed, but it was still rough. It was a roller coaster because of the swells going perpendicular to our direction—only 1-2’ but enough to make me a little queasy.

    Red Brook Harbor, at Cataumet, was sunny when we came in. In one of the pictures you can see the fog bank that we left behind. This harbor is treacherously shallow, but we made it with no mishaps. It looks like a pretty place. We will go ashore and explore this afternoon.
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  • Jul19

    Mattapoisett Scenes

    July 19, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    We woke to a foggy morning, which began to burn off by the time we went into Mattapoisett to get some provisions. It’s a cute little town, with lots of historic cottages and beautiful seaside gardens. Unfortunately, no one sold water within 3/4 mile of the town dock, so we had quite a walk. Luckily I had 3 pack mules with me to carry the 4 gallons;)Read more

    Irena Sinclair

    That looks a bit confusing.

    7/19/20Reply
    Irena Sinclair

    Well planned Lisa!

    7/19/20Reply
    Sea Fever

    It is a pretty unusual way to dock boats. It must have something to do with the tides.

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  • Jul18

    David learns something new

    July 18, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    This is what it looks like when David is explaining to Collin how he does not have to take all the drinks out of the cooler in order to dump the melted water, only he forgot that the lid is made to pop off very easily.Read more

    Tee hee hee [KDO]

    7/18/20Reply
    Amy Page

    Hope the water isn’t too cold!

    7/19/20Reply
    Sea Fever

    He did say that the water was warm!

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  • Jul18

    Mattapoisett Harbor

    July 18, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    We made it through the canal with no problems. After motoring all day, we decided to use the sail once we came through the canal. Pretty breezy, and we made good time. Reached 7+ knots at times!

    Amy Page

    Great pictures! Looks like you’re having fun!

    7/18/20Reply
     

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