My Adventure Story
For our final sail of the year, we decided to sail to Cuttyhunk!
We departed Marion early in the morning (as we could) but there was not a lot of wind, so we had to, unfortunately, motor to Cuttyhunk.
Once there, we dropped anchor in the back of the pond... inflated the dinghy. We relaxed a bit.. which is why we came to Cuttyhunk! There is not much to do! I was running the fuel tank low so I could clean it when she is hauled..but I carried a 2.5 gallon tank of emergency diesel. I checked the fuel.. and realized I didn't have enough to get home, so I put the emergency tank in the fuel tank (more than enough). Then I realized the diesel was a different color (it was pink) than what I normally got at a land based gas station. I thought they might have given me gasoline instead of diesel! I called the marina to see if they could look up my account to see what was actually charged to my account..they said diesel. Apparently they dye the fuel for tax purposes. There was no problem with the fuel. It was diesel.
We had dinner and coffee and got to bed somewhat early..charge our batteries for a day of exploring in the morning.
We got up..had some coffee..breakfast.. picked up the boat before going to town.. We walked around town..the town dock..walked to the top of the hill .. had lunch.. Went to the store (not a lot of shopping options here!)
We went back to the boat to relax a bit. Millie read a book.. I decided to polish the brightwork! Thats how I relax :) Spent a few hours..til well after sundown polishing the stainless and the winches.. Got her looking pretty!!
We had a nice relaxing dinner and coffee on the boat
Sunday we went to shore and walked to the back side of the island.. was a bit warm but nice weather for October! did a bit more shopping at the town market.. went back to the boat.. more relaxing! We can get used to this!! She buried herself in her book again.. I broke out the polish again..finished up the boat..Spent about 8+ hours polishing the boat.. This will save some time cleaning once the boat is hauled out. We had dinner and coffee.. went to bed..
Up columbus day for the ride back. Pulled up the anchor.. it was set quite well! took a lot of effort to break it free.. but eventually it came up.. we started motoring back..there was zero wind out. Now the most interesting (and shocking) thing happend.. Flies.. hundreds of deer or horse flies swarmed the boat! There was no wind to blow the off! We spent the entire ride back to Marion swatting and killing flies.. in and outside the boat! Those flies do bite..and it hurts! We were covered in welts from the flies.. we were hot because it was hot out..and there was no wind! Once near Marion, the wind did pick up.. I pointed the boat into the wind, which took care of many of the flies.. but even when we got back to the mooring, we spent over and hour killing more flies! We were hot..sore..sweating.. exhausted fighting flies for 4+ hours! Not a good way to end a trip and a sailing season.. Just goes to show you never know what you might encounter on a sailing trip! many good things...but strange bad things happen too!