Cruise with Gail and Doran Welch from Stamford, CT to Boston, MA
June 25-July 3, 2011 – Gail and Doran Welch both know how to sail, but they would like to get more experience on a catamaran to confidently charter a bareboat. So we focused on getting them that experience and confidence during our 290 nautical mile cruise from Stamford, CT to the Winthrop YC, just outside Boston.
We spent the first night at Port Jefferson (23 nm) on Long Island. The next day we sailed through The Race in strong currents and tucked behind Orient Harbor near Shelter Island in thick fog for the night. We sailed next to Block Island, sighting a basking 14’ white shark on the way. From Block Island we sailed straight to Nantucket. Doran brought his gear so we kiteboarded that next day. Next, with Gail as designated "Captain for the Day", we sailed to Edgartown, and had dinner with friends of Stephanie who live on the Martha’s Vineyard.
Stephanie flew home that next day, and we sailed on through Woods Hole into Buzzards Bay. Over VHF radio hailing channel 16, I heard someone calling "Worldwide Traveler". It was my old friend Tom Gardos and his son, Noah. Since sailing on WWT in the Caribbean over 5 years ago,Tom bought his own sailboat and coincidentally was sailing nearby in Buzzards Bay. Click here to go to Tom's earlier charter photos. We arranged to raft-up for a "gam". Noah was a 2 year old when last aboard; my how he has grown. Finally, saying goodbye we sailed on to Marion. It was July 1st, and the town put on its annual fireworks display that night. We anchored in the front row and enjoyed a spectacular show.
Early next day, with Doran anointed "Captain of the Day", we made our transit of the Cape Cod Canal, riding the current northward into Cape Cod Bay. We passed our first (baby) seal ending our day pulling into the Winthrop Yacht Club, across from the skyline of Boston. We were warmly welcomed by the club members and given a free mooring by one of them.
Before leaving the next day, Doran and Gail both agreed that they had had a wonderful week, not only sailing but learning and gaining the confidence they needed to charter a bareboat themselves.