Block Island

We depart Provincetown at 6:45 AM. Winds are fair and seas are calm. We intend on stopping at Cuttyhunk for the evening. We have a current pushing us across Cape Cod Bay and we opt to increase RPMs to run at 8 knots. The 20 miles to the entrance of the Cape Cod Canal passes quickly and soon we are in the canal being pushed along by a 3 knot current on the ebb tide. Tivoli nearly hits 12 knots at one point. We are throuth the 15-mile canal in short order and enter Buzzard’s Bay. We catch up with N55 Cathexis and exchange contact information; their plans are quite similar to our own. No doubt we will run into them again as we head south.

At these speeds we make great time and determine if we continue at 8 knots we can reach Block Island before nightfall, so we have a new plan. Our friends on Sea Dweller are at BI and we look forward to seeing them again. Buzzard’s Bay is calm and with the temps in the 70’s one couldn’t ask for a nicer day. The miles tick by and at 6:45 we reach the entrance to Salt Pond on Block Island. Our only concern is whether a mooring will be available. We need a higher capacity orange one and there is a limited supply. Fortunately there was a single one left. We pick up the pennant and shut down Tivoli’s systems after a delightful 86 nm run in the best sea and weather conditions one could hope for.

Our friends motor over in their tender and we enjoy cocktails on Sea Dweller followed by a wonderful dinner ashore.

N62 Seabird was on the anchor in the Pond when we arose in the morning. Soon, they stopped by to say hello. Steve and Carol introduced themselves and I learned they were one of 3 Nordhavns that participated in the “Great TransSiberian Sushi Run”. The route took them up to Alaska, down the Aleutians, and over to Japan, Thailand and several other southeast Asian countries. A transpacific crossing along the northern route. What an adventure! The best part of this lifestyle is, without question, the people you meet.

The tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry gracefully enters the harbor and ties up to a wharf. She is the only tall ship built in the US in 100 years. It is 200 feet long, carries a crew of 17 and up to 49 guests. It is used as a training ship and sails out of Newport RI. She spends the night and departs early the next morning. A beautiful sight on the water.

We wander about town, rent scooters to see the place, enjoy dinners and good company. What’s not to like?

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