Monday, August 23, 2010

August 22, 2010 - End of Summer Cruise, Take One

Similarly snotty conditions one day last month in Newport Harbor

So, that didn't go according to plan. When we left Newport for Block Island on Saturday morning we expected to have two days of nice weather out at Block before some badness came through on Monday. Instead, we had one niceish afternoon. And then the rains came.

On Sunday morning we woke up to find that it was cold and gray and drizzly, instead of the forecast warm and sunny day we were expecting. While watching a parade of boats heading out the Coast Guard Cut in the Great Salt Pond, we realized that perhaps they knew something we didn't. After listening to small craft warnings and predictions of days of dreariness ahead I downloaded some fresh grib files. The gribs showed that a low pressure system was going to park over southern New England for several days, generating high winds and plenty of rain.

Over breakfast we decided that sitting at anchor in the rain and protecting our home from dragging boats didn't seem like much fun at all. So back to our secure mooring in Newport Harbor we came. It was a rough, wet, and wretched trip back, but at least it was short. And now I'm ensconced in a cozy kitchen, drinking a hot cup of tea. Ah, the joys of coastal cruising.


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tobogganride said...

Congratulations on closing the loop!
How is our adjustment to the 'real world' going? As expected, Life is busy.
After 5 1/2 months we have just had our 1st free weekend to ourselves.(and feel guilty about it.)