PTown to Manchester-by-the-Sea: In Search of Whales
We leave PTown Harbor promptly at 07:00 Friday morning to catch a positive current around Race Point and, more importantly, to provide ample time to get to Manchester-by-the-Sea via an extended arch along Stellwagen Banks, a national marine sanctuary and a popular feeding ground for whales and the target area of the whale watching tour boats out of northeast harbors.
|At the northwest tip of the Banks we were fortunate to spot these two whales swimming in our opposite direction. Interestingly, we were also visited by a whale right in PTown Harbor both of our two prior days anchored there.|
|After sailing about 9 hours with main and genoa most of the way, then main and spinnaker the last leg, we approach the rocky NE coast and dots of islands prior to the harbor of Manchester-by-the-Sea|
|Navigating in to Manchester Harbor|
|Linda, Sharon, Josh and Bob on the dock at Manchester Marine|
The wind is directly on our nose at about 15kts so we motor a good part of the way. Heavy thunderstorms are forecasted for the afternoon.
|Leaving Manchester Harbor, coffee in hand|
|Large container ship en route to be unloaded at the docks in South Boston|
|View of home not too far away as we sit at anchor at Peddocks Island|
|Prairie Gold gives us a drive by while we are at Peddocks Island. You can read more about Phill and Yolande's adventures at Treasures from Prairie Gold|
|Boston off Argon's bow as we head home with a reefed main in gusty 25kt winds|
Scutra. A fitting end to a spectacular vacation.
|Bob, Dieder (Scutra owner), Linda and Louis (Scutra GM, fantastic bartender and creator of Sailor Bob's Mule)|