Category Archives: 2015 Cruising

3 1/2 Hours Of After-Work Bliss

IMG_7780By Rich

Last Friday after work the conditions were perfect for a little after work single handling. There’s nothing quite like dropping the mooring on a whim, rolling out the jib, and banging around the Bay with the main still under it’s cover. Before I knew it over three hours had passed and I still couldn’t resist one more bounce across the eastern passage of the Narragansett.

Pure bliss.



Return To Block Island (And A Heavy Weather Sail Home)

IMG_7631By Rich

This weekend we returned to Block Island with our good friends Erik and Shannon to see if we could broaden last week’s experiences with a bicycle tour of the interior of the island. We motored out Friday in a very weak breeze and enjoyed a leisurely afternoon and evening on the mooring followed by the obligatory drinks & dinner at The Oar. Continue reading Return To Block Island (And A Heavy Weather Sail Home)

Cruising Block Island

IMG_7491By Rich

If you’ve had a chance to shop for NASCAR tickets lately, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that attending races is a lot more expensive than it was a decade or two ago. One could theorize that more affluent Americans took to the sport and drove prices up, but another theory is that – depressing macro-economic statistics notwithstanding – many salt-of-the-earth, working-class Americans are doing quite well financially and that NASCAR ticket prices have followed in the steps of their good fortune. Continue reading Cruising Block Island

Power Boat’n

By Rich

We are a group of sailors at our core, but we find plenty of opportunities to enjoy power boats, too.  We concluded our Nantucket Sound cruise week by taking a quick trip over to Dutch Harbor from Jamestown on our good friend Chris’ stunning Hinckley Talaria 44. On the sailboat, this trip takes up much of the day between coming, going, and cleaning up the boat after. On the power boat, it was a jaunt quick enough to allow us to enjoy The Shack’s fantastic tacos and still make afternoon flights home to Maryland.

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Cruising Nantucket

IMG_6885By Rich

How is the experience of extended cruising impacted – for better and for worse – by the fact that the crew is comprised mostly of  sailors with a racing background? In the ‘better’ column must surely be that crew’s ability to keep the boat moving as quickly as it can under sail. That capability has two implications: (i) destinations are reached more quickly and (ii) more time is spent under sail because the crew need cave in and motor less often. Sailing is more fun and more rewarding than powering. Continue reading Cruising Nantucket