Sail 2009 #1: Maiden voyage with Katie J

Wednesday was going to be a hot day: 90’s and humid. It was mostly sunny, and looked like a great day for the first sail on Tikvah in the summer of 2009!

Katie was flexible enough to agree to go with me if I could fix the mainsail. I got up (earlier than is usual for me in the summer!) and got down to the boat to see if the new sail slides would work in the new (used) mast. Katie called about 9:40 and I said we were good to go!

I went to pick her up at JFK and then we had to wait for the sub shop to open at 10:30 am. Then we went down to the boat (which was on the dock) and got everything in order on the boat. Once we finally pushed off it was close to noon.

We headed out the channel to Dorchester Bay and cut the engine somewhere around red 12. We didn’t have a destination in mind so I just headed out to the harbor and across the main harbor channel. Then we headed east toward the Deer Island marker. There was a tanker anchored in the special anchoring area and we had to sail around it.

We eventually left the mouth of the harbor and headed up the North Channel. As we neared the outer entrance to the South Channel we realized we had been on the same tack since we were near the airport! Although we were not in a hurry we decided to slowly head back. We made a slow turn to the south and got a good look at The Graves lighthouse and oil shed. Then we sailed southeast in the general direction of the South Channel and Lovell Island. We tried to determine the identity of the islands near Calf, Little Calf, Great Brewster, etc. but found it a little confusing until we passed them all.

We gave some thought to trying to find Hypocrite’s Channel so we could sail past Boston Light, but not being sure where it was, and lacking a GPS, we headed back into the harbor. We essentially reversed our course for the trip out. We got back to the mooring a little before 6pm, and I am proud to say that I managed to slide right up to the mooring without overshooting it or making Katie use the boat hook. Not bad for the first time this year!

This was probably the longest sail I’ve had on Tikvah, and is definitely the furthest I’ve sailed out of the harbor. Next stop, Scituate! Well, maybe when I get a few more things done on the boat.

Thanks for sharing this great sail with me, Katie!


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