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Sunday
Jul222012

Cruising Maine on Swan76 "Tigris" 

July 22, 0800

Getting underway today on the Swan76 "Tigris" from Jamestown Boat Yard in Rhode Island en route back home to Portland! It is a absolutely perfect morning here on Naragansett Bay, not a cloud in the sky, and very calm here on the mooring, nothing but the sounds of seagulls and some spanish banter carrying from a small fishing boat nearby! We are planning to drop the mooring here just after lunch, NOAA is calling for a light SW breeze this morning that should pick up this afternoon as we make our way up to the west entrance of the Cape Cod Canal. We expect to pop through into Cape Cod bay just after dark at which point we can set a direct course to Cape Elizabeth. We may have to dodge some tanker traffic in and out of Boston, but expect to land in Portland for lunch on Monday!

 

July 22, 1600

Absolutely perfect reach sailing on this big ketch rigged Swan76, 9.0 kts boat speed with ease in 15-17 kts of breeze, not to mention comfortable and very civilized!

July 23, 0300

Tigris is absolutely crushing it! We came flying out of Cape Cod Bay with a 15 knot SW breeze and 2-4 foot following seas, which seems to add an extra knot to our boat speed of 8.5 kts for a total of 9-9.5 over ground. Looks like we might make it to Portland for breakfast! These conditions are a solid reminder of why we sail: star filled sky, fair wind and seas , brisk speed to wards our destination, and plenty of comforts on board! I am looking forward to noting the total trip time, this may be the fastest I have ever sailed this leg. Just a few fishing boats out around Stellwagen bank and outside Boston Harbor as we passed by. We are now getting out into the Gulf of Maine and some deeper water, feels a bit cooler. Very nice to have the espresso machine for this time of day, getting good use out of that and tending to  regular boat checks, navigation, and lookout. All are asleep and it has been a nice couple hours on deck, looking forward to a couple more and a sunrise if I can make it!

July 23 0930

Tied up at Portland Yacht Services, home sweet home!