Fall Sailing to Nantucket and beyond
For our last New England sailing season hurrah, we took a week to venture down to Nantucket then island hop our way to Moment’s winter haul out location in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Day 1, we had gorgeous temperatures and light breeze to go outside Cape Cod, through Pollock’s Rip and into Nantucket by late afternoon. Our grand highlight of the day (aside from making it safely) was that we saw both whales and seals that swam with the boat in the Atlantic Ocean near Truro.
We spent a couple days enjoying Nantucket, it’s beaches, and delicious restaurants including the acclaimed Nautilus, where we had a feast of grand proportions!
Our next stop would land us in Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard. The trip there was quite intense with 30+ knot winds on the nose and water walls over the bow as we traversed the shoals of Nantucket Sound. The payoff was great as we rented bikes and toured the three major towns of the Vineyard: Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and Vineyardhaven.
After a couple nights in the Vineyard, we motorsailed to Cuttyhunk—a favorite spot that has the most unique charm. There are hours worth of walking trails that take you all over the tiny island with spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean, Buzzards Bay, and Rhode Island Sound.
With some hiking complete, the next morning we made our way to Newport, Moment’s hailing port for one night. We wandered the town and were able to meet up with some friends for a delicious waterfront dinner. This was the last night Moment remained afloat for 2019.
We woke up early the next morning to motor up the river to Warwick, removing our sails as we went, and then went directly into the travel lift to be pulled out. It would be an additional week to get her all put away, but we left on a very high note and excited to uncover her in in the Spring!