Sailing south on gale force winds

N 42° 37' W 70° 39'

Gloucester

October 19, 2009

Today will be our last day in Gloucester.It is sunny, warm and not a cloud in the sky. The seas are however still rough. Yesterday (Sunday) we did not go ashore as it was a nasty, windy, gusting to 40kts.,wet, rainy day. Everything in the boat seemed to drip water, all from condensation. Outside the rain was comming down in, it seemed, buckets. It was heartening to listen to “Bob” as we refer to the NOAA automated weather guy, as he reported it looks as though we will have a stretch of good weather. Seas 1 to 2 ft. then 1 ft. or less. Winds 5 to 10 kts.

We are planning on leaving tomorrow and hope to make Scituate Mass (an old stompping ground for me). We are hopeing to make it through the Cape Cod Canal and into Buzzards Bay by Thursday.

Looking back reminds me of something not reported between Newburyport and Gloucester. We’ve seen several pods of Whales. Not the huge ones that people pay to go see in those Whale Watching Boats. We’ve seen Minke Whales and Northern Right Whale Dolphins. Both of these animals are, never the less, Very BIG.

The Minke’s get up to 35 feet in length and can weigh 5 to 10 Tons.        The Northern Right Whale Dolphin can grow about the same size as the Minke. It is exciting to see them, as long as they stay a safe distance from the boat. They could make for a bad day.

 

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Crankshaw October 22, 2009 at 08:23 PM

Hey..been following along. Just got signed up. Keep up the good work! Godspeed!

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