Wind, Water and Waves
The return trip from Martha's Vineyard
By Karen Hill
with pictures by the Walkers and Paul Seeberg
editors note: There are few pictures because everyone was to busy hanging on and trying to stay dry
The trip so far has been fun. Some sailing but lots of using the "Iron
Jenny". Most everyone went in to get Ice Cream and walk around the area.
We didn't set up our dingy and we were taxied in and out by Paul and Millie
in the new dingy (it kind of looks like Don's last one) but neater and with
a motor. We All discovered the anchoring was NOT so good this time. Due to
wind shift and weedy bottom some anchors dragged and moved a considerable
distance. Our friend the Mildred Rose took such a trip and as luck and two
nervous Captains slept on deck disaster was averted when Mildred Rose came
alongside Karamal. To those that woke to see us rafted together, now you
We had to leave Tashmoo Lake before noon so we could make the crossing with
the tide and current, so we were all underway by 10AM. We ALL had heard the
weather report and Nantucket would have to wait till next season to see our
sails, High winds up to 40 mph (yikes),High seas up to 10-15 feet
(yikes).Rain and lots of it thanks to Tropical Storm Florence coming our
way, and we had a short window of time to get anywhere.
The group started out together, imagine 18 boats all leaving from one small
opening, what a sight I hope someone got a picture of it. Several boats
went to the east to sail a bit and boy were they flying. The rest started
back toward Woods Hole. Most tried to sail but the wind was gusty, so we
turned on the Iron Jenny and attempted to motor to Woods Hole. We bounced a
lot and hit many waves or did the waves hit us first?? All I know is that
when my yarn got wet I went below. I watched the other boats as they bobbed
like corks on the water and asked Al how come I could see water through the
starboard and port windows and see water coming over the the bow at the same
time? His answer: This is fun, whoopee!! As he laughed out loud.
Heading upwind on Sunday
I was nervous but I enjoyed (I don't believe I'm saying this) the blasts of
water and the cresting on a wave only to have a bigger wave slap the boat.
It was scary and fun at the same time. Oh, let us not forget that it is
raining walls of water.
No pictures of Al - this is what Paul looked like half way home
We listened in as several people voiced there destinations. Some went over
to Red Brook to anchor till Florence was gone. They said they could dingy
in for dinner and supplies. Some went to the South (Cuttyhunk I think), and
the rest of us went back to the launch ramp we came in on.
We had 10 boats all coming out of the water, using the ramp, de-rigging and
everyone helping each other at the same time. Wow, what a sight we were to
see. The rain let up and the sun came out as we were all heading back home
to dry off our boats inside and out.
All in all I think we all had a great time even with the wild wind, the
water from the waves and the rain.
See you all in the fall for our next meeting (on dry land) and or at the
Karen Hill (Admiral of the Karamal)