Overnight Camping off Nahant

We boarded Saoirse late afternoon for a quick sail to Short Beach Cove, off Nahant. On board was your typical cast of characters – well seasoned Captain – King – Uncle Dan McMackin, Chief engineer and deck master Peter Barba, newly seasoned offshore sailor Lisa Mogan O’ Keefe , and newbies Michele Lawlor and Laura Poulin. Our excitement was short lived as we headed into some serious 4 to 6 foot crashing waves. See US Coast guard drawing below. After a grueling half hour or so,  we made it to our semi-protected anchorage. We rafted up with The Pearl, friends from the Dory Club, for a nice meal. Exhausted with our sail, we sat back and enjoyed some BVI painkillers before firing up the grill.  Dinner was a pot luck and included shrimp, potstickers,  Kobe beef sliders, chicken and assorted salads.  Leaslie from the Pearl finished it off with a fabulous chocolate zucchini cake. Yes we eat well on Saoirse. While the fare was good, The seasoned blue water sailors clamored  for the typical offshore fare of Spamboat (as pictured below).  All this and not an olive to be found! We would have flown our drone, had it not been confiscated on the trumped up peeping Tom charges. So our photo array is limited. After the filling meal aboard the Pearl we returned to Saoirse for a late night dance party that rivaled Studio 54. We capped the night with a bedtime story from Uncle Dan.

Dawn came early, and no one thought to bring the Captain breakfast in bed though it was much deserved from the maelstom that he sailed through the day before. We enjoy a great breakfast of sticky buns, fruit, and Linda’s homemade pizzele  cookies before pulling up anchor to head home.

Although our trip took 38 minutes from mooring to Anchorage, our onboard mathematicians projected our daily ETMAL at 189.7.

Oh wait, I think we have the wrong blog….

We miss sailing on Tioga with her Captain and crewman all.

The journey home is never a direct route, it is, in fact, always circuitous, and somewhere along the way, we discover that the journey is more significant than the destination. And that the people we meet along the way, will be the traveling companions of our memories forever.

Tioga Now lies on the hard for a winter nap, and her Captain and crew await the next exciting adventure!


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