July 11th to July 15th, 2012
We pulled anchor at Dutch Island Harbor at about 0940 on Tuesday and by noon we were beyond the three-mile limit, where holding tank discharge is permitted.
We entered the Cuttyhunk Island Pond and found a vacant mooring. This is a small island, but large enough for a permanent population and a school. The moorings are really close together, and are a ball with a 2-3 foot pole on top that you loop your line through. We noticed that one of the islanders has arrived by private plane.
We walked up to the highest point of the island, where we could see Martha's Vineyard in the distance, and then returned to Lady for a nap.
There's a floating oyster bar that comes around the harbor in the evenings. We purchased a hald-dozen each and slurped them down. Yummy. The harbor-master came by to collect the mooring fee - $45.00!! I guess they only have a couple of months to make any money here.
Although it's charming island, I don't think we'll stay on one of the inner pond moorings again. Not only are they expensive, but they are so close together, you feel like you are in a trailer park. There's an outer harbor, and if we come back I think we'll anchor there.
We moved on about ten miles on Wednesday, and dropped anchor in Hadley Harbor, on Naushon Island. This island is private, owned by a trust established for the descendants of the Forbes family. There are a number of moorings in the harbor, all marked "PRIVATE". Most of the moorings were in use; we had been told that any visitor can take a vacant mooring, but we decided to anchor, rather than risk someone showing up after dark and evicting us.
Thursday we motored over to Woods Hole, home of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Although our guidebook indicated that there was room to anchor, we could not find space between all the moorings. After chatting with people on a couple of other boats, we picked up a vacant mooring and dinghied in to the Woods Hole Yacht Club to check if we were OK. The dock-master informed us that the mooring we were on was used by a 20 foot power boat, and that all the club moorings were booked for the evening. Disappointed, we were about to leave, when one of the sailing school instructors, Ella, informed us that her family's mooring was vacant, and we could use it. Thanks Ella - if you see this tell your family thanks again!
Once re-moored, we went ashore, docking dinghy at a dock in the Eel Pond.
Friday we sailed in Vineyard Sound, with the current in our favor and a nice breeze.
We made it back to Dutch Harbor in time to anchor before dark.