Gryphon IV Ship's Log - 2013
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Another mild winter; so
far. Sheila, Cathy and I headed south for the British Virgin
Islands. Chris flew down from Minnesota after visiting Anna.
Here is the link to BVI 2013.
Sunny, 50F. LAUNCH DAY!
Gryphon temporarily at the dock at Stanley's Boatyard.
60F. Wind 5-15 knots. Shakedown cruise with Sheila to
Flasher 1. Uneventful was good! <no track>
60F. Wind 15-18 knots. Short cruise with Sheila
downriver. Still a bit cold for sailing. <no track>
Day 1 - Rainy, 55F.
Wind 5-10 knots. Not much fog this year but rain showers
Break out the foul weather gear! A wet and cold ride to Wickford,
and a near miss with a big powerboat coming out of Greenwich prompting
a crash 360 turnaround. That captain apparently interpreted
ColRegs as his having the right of way when overtaking from greater
than 22.5 degrees abaft of our beam. Not! We had a brief
discussion about this on the VHF. Despite that moron, we made it
safely to the Wickford Marina. Late afternoon cocktails
and the appetizer contest; Sheila again one of the judges.
Temperature predicted to drop into the low 40's! Crawled
under every blanket we had aboard; it was cold. Track
Day 2 - Cloudy with some drizzle in
the morning, 60F. Not much of a day in the morning but weather
cleared up later; Cold night, up late, relaxed below. Lots of
folks drove to join the small fleet for the party
over at the Wickford YC.
There was a really big turnout with almost 90 adults and 20 kids.
Once again, John and Tony did an outstanding job serving up pork
tenderloin, rack of lamb and swordfish! Dessert - the famous BYC
bread pudding with bourbon sauce. We had a great time.
Nancy and Ed came aboard afterwards for a libation. The
temperature dropped into the 40's again; not as bad as the night before
but still pretty cold. Will bring electric heater next year!
Day 3 - Sunny, 55F. Wind 2-5
knots. Mid- morning departure from Wickford; sadly no real wind;
motored back. Unloaded
the boat at the dock; dinner at Crossroads Restaurant
in Warren. Nice albeit
cold weekend. Track
Sunny, 78F. Wind 5-10 knots. An absolutely beautiful
day! Slow sail over to Prudence Island with Sheila Picked
up a mooring
and enjoyed lunch on the boat overlooking the upper Bay and the Mount Hope Bridge.
Sunny, 74F. Wind 5-10 knots. Nice afternoon for a short
afternoon ride downriver. Sheila and I had anchoring practice on
the way back, just off of Beach Terrace. Despite some initial
skepticism, the Eartec
Simultalk 24G wireless headsets helped quite a lot. Track
Sunny, 70F. Wind 5-15 knots. Happy Father's Day!
Christopher, Ed and I sailed up the Bay to Providence.
Played with the spinnaker for a while trying to take advantage of
the southwesterly. Hard on the wind heading home until past Conimicut Light,
then sailed right into Warren. Great sandwiches from Nancy. Track
06/27/2013 - 7/07/2013 BYC
Summer Cruise to the Hamptons on Long Island
Not too many boats coming. The weather forecast turned really
the last minute which gave a lot of folks pause. A few had
business obligations. We quickly went from 14 boats signed up
adults and 11 children now to a fleet of 7 boats, 22 adults and 7
children. Several are starting a day or two late from the planned
departure waiting for a better window or will meet us mid-way.
The die hards are S/V Airwaves, S/V
She Was, M/V Escape, S/V Gryphon, S/V Mistral, S/V Neerlandia, and S/V Pearl!
Day 1, Thursday. Foggy,
65-70F. Wind 5-12 knots. Hard to believe we have not
been out more this season. Too many life complications.
Finally in "vacation" despite the Blackberyy and emails to the
ipPad courtesy of AT&T. The last few visits to the boat
were little more than bringing aboard provisions for the BYC Summer
Cruise. This one has been a bit controversial to say the least.
We're off to Long Island insead of turning left at the mouth of
the Sakkonet! Just love Cutthyhunk and the Vineyard, but time for
something new despite the prevailing southwesterly. Maybe
everything we have seen and heard about the Hamptons is all a fiction?
Maybe New Yorker's simply get a bad rap? Could it be a
conspiracy concocted on a Hollywood set? We will just have to
see for ourselves.
Christopher and I departed very early with an aim to make Block Island.
Despite the lousy wind, opposing tide and fog most of the way, we
soldiered on. Mostly a motorsail although the tide was favorable
on the leg from Point Judith. Did I say it was Race Week at Block
Island? Fortunately, the Harbor Master was very kind and led us
to a vacant private mooring. Finally, Happy Hour with two kinds
of gin. Grilled chicken and vegetbles, cousecous, and an ice cold
Too bad some of our friends from the club dropped out at the last
minute. Something about the weather? Well, we'll have a good time
Day 2, Friday. Foggy,
rain showers, blustery, 65F. Lay day at Block Island. Slept
in. Very foggy in the morning! Christopher and I enjoyed
hot breakfast sandwiches delivered by the Aldo's
Bakery boat. Hung out for the morning. Chris invited us
over to S/V Mistral for lunch with Cathy and Lorrie. Meatball
subs; delicious. Relaxed the rest of the afternoon. Watched movies;
a few boat chores. Sheila's
barbecued pulled pork for dinner, G&T's.
Day 3, Saturday. Cloudy,
rainy, foggy, again. Weather just not getting any better. Quick
taxi ride over to New Harbor with a bit of exploring. Not even
enough to rent mopeds. Walked back to New Harbor. Lunch at
Very good sushi by the way, as well as mahi-mahi tacos, and rum
punch! Visited with Pat, Walt and Kaitlin on M/V
Escape for Happy Hour. The party re-convened aboard S/V Mistral
that evening. Cathy's lasagna was fantastic.
Day 4, Sunday. Same
weather pattern! Ugh. Crew getting very restless.
took the ferry over from Point Judith. She was flying up from
Baltimore after attending a memorial
service for her Aunt Lillian, and was delayed a bit due to the weather.
She drove from Providence to Point Judith and caught the ferry.
Family dinner at The Oar. Christopher then took the ferry
back to Point Judith, picked up her car and headed home. He may
rejoin us later in the trip.
Day 5, Monday. Again,
foggy and rain showers. Departure
Mile Harbor in East Hampton, Long Island. Our plan was to
leave at 0900 local time; delayed to 0945 to allow rain squalls to
pass over. Once into Block Island Sound, we were able to take
advantage of a southerly (10-15 knots; gusts to 20). Visibility
was 1-2 nm with some occasional fog; nice to have radar and AIS aboard.
About half way to Montauk, the
wind speed slowed to about 6-8 knots so we motor sailed for an hour,
but then the wind really pick up (18-23 knots). As we approached
Montauk, the current and wind were now both favorable, so we decided to
go over the top of Gardiner's Island. A fast
sail on that lag; Gryphon's speed was often over 7 knots, hitting 7.5
at one point! As we made our turn around Gardiner's Island, the
wind was now on the nose so we tacked back and forth, and motor sailed
at times. Lots of lobster pots as well. One bumped the hull
with a thud; we obviously missed seeing it and thankfully did not get
hung up. A few miles out of Three Mile Harbor, a rain squall
passed overhead which made the approach a bit more interesting!
Visibility improved however by the time we made the entrance.
Very well marked fairway; turn to starboard at Red 24 and into
the anchorage where S/V's Mistral and Neerlandia awaited out arrival.
Chris and Joop each came over to say hello after our 8 hour
sail. We were tired and hungry. Marinated steak tips,
couscous and salad for dinner. Red wine of course.
Day 6, Tuesday. Cloudy,
75F. On the
hook at Three Mile Harbor.
Sunny. 80F. Wind 5 -10 knots. Christopher and I
hoping the wind would pick up. Unfortunately it did not
cooperate, so we headed in early. Nice day to be on the Bay for a
short sail nonetheless. Track
Wind 15-20. Sheila aboard; mid-afternoon start. Fast
sail over towards Potter' Cove. Picked up a mooring just outside
the cove near the beach. A beautiful afternoon to be out.
Happy Hour, lamburgers, tomato/feta salad, chianti!
Back on the Barrington mooring just as it was getting dark.
Would have been even better if stayed out overnight, but the dog
was at home. <no track>
Variable winds 5-12 knots. Anna and Christopher aboard.
Sailed down the Bay towards Bristol Harbor. Wind died down
mid-afternoon. Nice day to be on the water just the same.
Sunny. 75F. Wind 5-15 knots. Provisioned Gryphon the night before and left
her at the BYC dock. Sheila and I made an 8 AM departure to
assure a favorable current at the mouth of the Sakonnett in Tiverton.
Wind was light and westerly, began to shift to the southwest as
we motor sailed down the Sakonnett. Picked up and a bit more
southerly as we rounded the light. Once on course for Cuttyhunk,
beam reach on 10-15 knots all the way over; great ride. The Pond
was full of boats, but we lucked out with a mooring right next to
Sharon and Ted on their J120, S/V
Skimmer. Weather at Cuttyhunk was perfect. Ria,
Joop and some family members are also here on S/V Neerlandia. Sharon and
Ted came aboard to kick off Happy Hour. We went over to see Skimmer; the J120 is a "go fast"
boat for sure. Great to see them on the water; planning for
another get together in September. Sheila made a supper of
grilled chicken, roasted corn on the cob and a tomato salad for dinner
accompanied by a Rodney Strong Merlot. Movies on the iPad. Track
Sunny. 82F. On the hook at Cuttyhunk. S/V Skimmer left around 10:30 AM.
Nice day for a swim off the boat. Relaxed mostly. Fresh
scallops and stuffies from the Cuttyhuk Fish Company for dinner.
Scallops with braised leeks and vegetable rice. Washed down
with a cold and crisp trebbiano d'abruzzo.
Sunny. 80F. ANother beautifil day in Cuttyhunk. Boat
chores in the AM. Another great day for a swim off the boat and
more R&R. M/V Egbert
arrived mid-day with the Terhune family. Happy Hout aboard
Neerlandia; rum punch a favorite. Sheila's grilled chicken
fajitas for dinner.
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