The PYC Cruise had four boats leaving Portsmouth, Thursday August 4 for GLOUCESTER and four boats leaving on Friday, August 5 directly to SCITUATE. Cruisers moored at Satuit Boat Club. Spare Time, located in Boston, planned to meet up with the Cruise in Onset. Cruisers from six boats enjoyed a dinner out at BARKERS TAVERN, a short walk from the Satuit Boat Club.
Leaving Scituate on Saturday August 6, the cruising group made their way to the East entrance of the Cape Cod Canal. The current was favorable but the opposing wind made for some chop by the Mass Maritime School. We continued into ONSET where moorings were secured at Brewers Onset Marina or Point Independence Yacht Club. Lionheart and Spare Time joined up with us in Onset.
The cruising group departed early the next day Sunday August 7 for CUTTYHUNK ISLAND. All boats managed to find a mooring in the inside harbor. The Courteaus and McArdles scoped out the island for a suitable cocktail party location. An area by the harbor with picnic tables was secured, and for two evenings we got together here for drinks and snacks.
On Tuesday, August 9 we left CUTTYHUNK, entering VINEYARD SOUND via QUICKS HOLE for about 20 miles to VINEYARD HAVEN for one night. Our moorings were in the outside harbor, provided by Gannon and Benjamin. We enjoyed dinner at the BLACK DOG RESTAURANT and did a little shopping in town. Moorings at Gannon & Benjamin
On Wednesday, August 10 we are off to NANTUCKET in 20/25 plus wind and rather large seas. All boats made the trip successfully and were settled on Nantucket moorings. In Nantucket, we had two lay days. On one of the days, some cruisers enjoyed a bus trip to SCONSET while others spent time in town or visited with friends in the area. Some visited the whaling museum and library, both of which have been updated over the years. There is always a lot to see and do on NANTUCKET.
On Saturday, August 13 we left Nantucket and went to VINEYARD HAVEN for one night and a return to our favorite restaurant, THE BLACK DOG! Moorings at Gannon & Benjamin
On Sunday August 14 our cruise plan was to go to Red Brook Harbor. Three boats: Semper Fi, Barefoot Children and Sea Quest. are heading back to the mainland via WOODS HOLE, at 0800 There was fog in the sound and WOODS HOLE but our timing for a favorable current was right on. At this time schedule we would be entering RED BROOK HARBOR, with an out-going tide so we decided to wait a few hours in HADLEY HARBOR for the tide change at noon. We rafted up on the only available mooring in Hadley Harbor. The fog cleared and we spent an enjoyable few hours in Hadley. Other PYC boats entered WOODS HOLE a little later in the day with no problems, all six cruising boats meeting in RED BROOK HARBOR. Fourteen of us enjoyed a great dinner at CHART ROOM Restaurant, located right at the marina.
On Monday, August 15 six boats enjoyed a picturesque ride through the CAPE COD CANAL to the EAST ENTRANCE and onto PROVINCETOWN for a three day stay at PROVINCETOWN MARINA. The Provincetown Marina is under new ownership and the docks and marina have been significantly upgraded. The Buys and Jones hosted a cocktail hour at the marina’s new deck area complete with fire pit!! Some cruisers went to the beach. Twelve of us enjoyed dinner out at the restaurant Sage. The stay in Provincetown was enjoyable – we met up with Reliance while we were here.
Boats on the PYC Cruise were as follows:
Sea Quest, Barefoot Children, Rockabuy, Spare Time, Sea Legs, Running Spirit, Semper Fi, Returnagain, Reliance and Lion Heart.
The Cruise officially started Sunday August 2nd with a cocktail party on the dock at Journeys End Marina, hosted by David and Nancy McCardle and featuring pomegranate margueritas! A mini “pre cruise” from Portsmouth to Rockland included Peter Rabbit and Barefoot Children. Semper Fi joined the mini cruise at Orrs Bailey Island at the Yacht Club there. PYC had a total of 11 boats participating in all or parts of the Cruise: 10 member boats and one guest boat:
Barefoot Children Lady Sherle Mistral Mischief Peter Rabbit Rockabuy Sea Legs Sea Quest Semper Fi Running Spirit and their guests: Top Shelf owned by Jim and Julianne Gilpin.
There were 8 ports of call. The cruise started in Rockland, Maine with the first port of call being Cradle Cove (Dark Harbor Marina) where we enjoyed a cocktail party and pot luck dinner using the marina’s deck and grill. Then it was onto Castine (Eaton’s Boat Yard) for 2 days. A cocktail party was held on the first night. On the second night a lobster bake was put on by Eaton’s Boat Yard and held inside their huge barn due to the rain. The next day the fleet travelled to the Benjamin River Marina, a quiet and pretty harbor off the Eggemoggin Reach. After leaving the Benjamin River Marina, the cruise proceeded up into Blue Hill Bay to the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club in Blue Hill for two days. We were warmly welcomed to this picturesque harbor. The Yacht Club closed at 6pm, and PYC cruisers were given the use of the club’s outdoor facilities after closing. On both evenings, we enjoyed cocktail parties and pot luck dinners in an incredibly beautiful setting. The town of Blue Hill was accessible by foot or, at the right tide, by dinghy as well.
Leaving Blue Hill Bay, we travelled to Frenchman’s Bay to Southwest Harbor, Dysart’s Great Cove Marina. On the following day, almost the entire cruising group participated in a tour of the Hinckley Boat Building Plant, arranged by Tom Duderewicz. Transportation was provided by Hinckley to and from the plant. We were given a first class tour of all the facilities. It was a very informative tour, showing the progression from the hull mold, to wiring, to installation of the floor plan followed by extensive carpentry, cabinet and varnish work and final steps in preparation for trucking the boat to Southwest Harbor for sea trials. WE viewed each one of these phases. We also enjoyed cocktail parties/pot luck/grilling on Great Cove Marina’s deck as well as breakfast, lunch and dinners in town. Some cruisers travelled to Northeast Harbor and to Somes Sound while in this area.
Southwest Harbor is always a great place to visit!
From Southwest Harbor, the PYC Cruise travelled to Long Island (Frenchboro, Lunt’s Harbor) where we had a cocktail party and then a lobster dinner prepared by Lunt’s and topped off with their Maine Blueberry pie & vanilla ice cream! This beautiful harbor is one of PYC’S favorite ports of call.
At this point, some boats started going toward Rockland, Rockport, Tenants Harbor, Boothbay Harbor and Portsmouth.
This was the end of another great PYC Cruise Down East!
A special thanks to the Yatons and to the Cartnicks for their contribution to the cruise. Dick and Cindy Yeaton co-hosted a cocktail party in Castine with George and Nancy Kinser, and Cody and Carole Cartnick co-hosted a cocktail party at Great Harbor Marina, Southwest Harbor with Jay and Sherle Edwards.
Enjoy the rest of the sailing season!