01 August 2015

Sailing Marblehead, Salem and Machester-by-the-Sea

Final Leg of Summery 2015:  Cockpit Sleeping & TONE


Summery 2015 Comes to a Close
After a completely enjoyable few days in Marblehead (more so for Linda since she did not have to work) we departed under only main sail sauntering just a few miles in very light wind over to Misery Island to moor for the night.  Although very close to home, we find this area of the North Shore 
spectacular and it remains a favorite destination:  Marblehead, Salem, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and the islands that speckle the coast.

Teeny, tiny bit of sailing over to nearby Misery Island.

View today off our 'back deck' as we are moored by Great and Little Misery Islands for the afternoon and overnight.  We took a dinghy ride around Great Misery and explored the island on foot a bit.
Great and Little Misery Islands one of nearly 100 areas around Massachusetts that are maintained by The Trustees of Reservations which has over 100,000 members.
Misery Island is a most un-miserable place.  Moorings maintained by Beverly Harbor are in three coves.  We like the southern area at the inlet between Great Misery and Little Misery.
Some storms were moving across Massachusetts to bring in slightly cooler temperatures and push out the humidity.  We have been skirting sever weather systems during this entire three plus week trip and tonight was no exception with just a little rain whilst the strong storms moved by to the north and south.

Weather system moving through resulted in exceptionally beautiful skies as we remained moored at Great and Little Misery Islands for the night.



Final Summery 2015 night on the water.  We have been enjoying falling asleep in the cockpit most evenings on this trip.  The temperatures have been perfect and the air usually dry.

Tartan Owners of New England (TONE)
Our short sail (15nm) from Misery Island back to Constitution Marina in Boston presented variable winds anywhere from 15kts easterly, to 4kts westerly, to an abrupt directional switch accompanied by dramatic increase in velocity as we entered Boston Harbor.  We were looking forward to meeting other Tartan owners as part of the TONE events scheduled at our marina.

Hanging out being boat people with Amy & Adam and fellow Tartan owners Emily & Greg.

TONE dinner in the North End at Filippo's.  Wonderful Italian food family style and fun company.  Bob and Linda have committed to writing a couple of articles for the next TONE newsletter this fall.
Although we have officially ended our Summery 2015 sailing adventure, we took off again Sunday midday heading back up to the North Shore aiming for Manchester-by-the-Sea.  This lovely and serene harbor is probably our favorite not only for it's beauty and quaint town, but also because this was the destination of our very first overnight sail on a J24 (Blue Jay) from Boston Sailing Center back in 2008.  We both recall the excitement and nervousness at setting out so far from the security of Boston Harbor in a sailboat!  And we are happy to report that we still retain much of the thrill and wonder of it all!

The thrill remains!

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