A Good Start to the Season

Having completed most of the long-deferred house jobs, it was nice to get back out on Andante and enjoy some time on the water with family. The weather on Cape Cod is still a bit cool (especially compared to The Bahamas) but there have been some nice sunny days and the popular anchorages are still uncrowded.

Last weekend we set off for a nice overnight in Hadley Harbor, just south of Woods Hole and nestled between several of the privately-owned Elizabeth Islands (Naushon, Nonamesset, and Uncatena). This is a favorite anchorage of many throughout New England and we are fortunate to have it in our backyard. We had an easy motorsail down in light winds and spent a very pleasant afternoon reading and sunning punctuated by a visit from our friends on Space Puppy. We enjoyed a yummy supper that involved a great deal of kale and a quiet night. To avoid disturbing the neighbors I rowed Captain Nicholas to shore just after sunrise. The wind picked up a bit later in the morning and made for a very pleasant sail home.

We’re hoping to sail as many weekends as possible this summer and expect to be visiting many of our favorite spots including Cuttyhunk and Martha’s Vineyard. As time permits we hope to make some some longer trips to Nantucket, Newport and beyond.

Leaving Red Brook Harbor. Captain Nicholas has become very comfortable moving around on deck and is usually able to find a comfortable spot and a sunbeam. He doesn’t always wear his lifejacket on deck but it is very helpful for lifting him on and off Dinghy.
Andante anchored in pretty Hadley Harbor. Excellent shelter from all directions and a nice muddy bottom make for good sleeping.
Captain Nicholas is especially fond of a the small island where he is allowed to go ashore and romp in the woods and sniff things and collect ticks.
Anchoring Andante close to the island’s landing was a priority because of this individual.
We were pleasantly surprised when the crew of Space Puppy arrived and joined us for afternoon snacks. There was lots of sunshine but it was still too cold for swimming.
The sail home the following morning was very enjoyable. Enough wind to move us along nicely but not so rough as to upset sensitive Captain Nicholas.