Snowy Morning

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, November 8, 2010

After establishing the tides last night, we decided that we should get an early start to attempt making it to Essex, CT, to see Seth Chapman. I got up at about 5:40 and put the water on for breakfast while putting on my ridiculous number of layers of clothing. Connor and Nick started to stir, and as we started chatting a bit about how cold and windy it was, I looked out the hatch. Snow and slush were all over the cockpit. As our oats finished cooking, Pete filled us in on the weather report - it didn't look good.  Connor turned on the weather report, and after a brief discussion, we decided that, with a wind advisory in place, snow on the decks, and predictions of gusts up to 50 knots, today was the type of day where it made sense to play it safe and stay dockside. So we went back to bed!

When we woke up a few hours later, we toyed with the idea of either moving Hejira or taking the dinghy across the channel.  On our side of the channel, the nearest restaurant/warm public establishment is a good mile walk away.  On the other side, there are multiple restaurants along the water. The consensus was to take the dinghy, and as the boys got all geared up in their foul weather gear, Connor looked out to see the dinghy floating away from Hejira. We all immediately sprang up on deck, Connor detached the kayak, and we grabbed the boat hook and paddle.  In the meantime, Nick just took off up the dock and ran toward the jetty to see what he could see.  By the time Connor was ready to take to the water, the dinghy was already to the jetty, about to go out into the outer harbor. We all knew that the water was too rough and the wind was likely at its worst for the day - getting in a kayak was not a smart idea.

A few minutes later, as Connor, Pete, and I were doubling up our dock lines and readjusting the fenders, Nick came back with good news.  The Point Judith Coast Guard had been across the way practicing docking in the rough harbor.  When they saw the dinghy float away, they were uncertain whether or not there was a person inside so they followed it out.  When they saw Nick out on the jetty, they yelled to him.  He informed them there was no one inside, but that yes, it was ours.  They said they would retrieve it.  They returned about 15 minutes later, and after surveying the situation and realizing the lack of dock space to pull up and hand it over, Pete yelled, "We'll see you tomorrow!" and they returned to their dock across the way with our dinghy in tow.

After several hours of sitting in Hejira's cabin, trying to stay warm and entertained, the wind died down. We knew we would need to retrieve the dinghy in the morning anyway, and since we could all use some time in a warm building, and hopefully some wireless internet, we decided to motor to the other side of the harbor to the town of Galilee.  We thanked the Coast Guard and retrieved our dinghy, and have successfully found a warm spot to check in and update.  We'll see if the weather will be favorable to move farther south in the morning.


 The warm spot we found was a fisherman bar where the tender and patrons were very friendly and sarcastic.  They discussed marine acronyms for about an hour while we internetted.  We didn't bother to tell them the story of how we spent the morning making fun of the Coast Guard parking drills, only to have the immediately save the dingy.  


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Peter on

Thanks for the great update. Keep them coming I love reading them.
Sounds like the fun is about to start!
Cold and windy here today, but you got snow before us, your just the lucky ones.
Take care and remember what that famous Maine author says "If you don't know how to tie knots, tie a lot of them".


Ruth on

And the fun begins! In the 60's here today - maybe that weather will come your way? Hope so!

Dave on

Winds have diminished here in Jersey City, so I hope you are able to make some progress today. Snow? No sign of it in Minnesota. Safe Travels!

John Collins on

Fantastic journal Pete and crew! Oh to be young again! Make sure you stop by Dockside restraunt in Wilmington N.C. to see Skye. She works there and you can tie up at the restraunt. She will try to contact you!

Timm on

Thanks for the updates. I willbevery jealous when you hit warm weather!

Tom A on

The weather's supposed to turn in your favor shortly. Glad to hear that you are taking precautions. Keep us informed and we'l keep you guys in our thoughts.

xoxo gossip girl on

I love the way you write your words down. At Nobska with Jake and Grady, contemplating many ideas, all of them have to do with ya'll. Thanks you and keep them words comin'.

Sally Adamson Taylor on

Wise of you to stay at the dock during heavy weather whenever you can!
And what a great lesson in errant dinghies. They just dont WANT to be attached to another boat. It is their nature.

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