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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Westport August 30th 2013

The Westport river drains a huge area of shallow water. The river itself is deep and the tide flows strongly in and out. So it would be dangerous to try to anchor here. A mooring from F.L. Tripp is the only choice. And very nice moorings they are too. The entrance to the river, round a big rock called “The Knubble”, is quite tricky, with a shallow entrance channel that winds its way between rocks and sandbanks. So try to make sure that your first-time visit here is in good weather and preferably on a rising tide. The entrance buoys are moved from one year to the next to best warn about this year’s sandbanks. Several buoys are quite a long way from their positions on my (out of date) electronic chart. If you have a ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Westport August 30th 2013

This is Labor Day Weekend. Probably not a good day to compete for space in Cuttyhunk. But Westport is straight across the bay from Cuttyhunk and provides almost as good a stopping-off point. We phone F.L. Tripp and confirm that they have moorings available for tonight. The wind is still blowing from the South West so Buzzards Bay is unpleasantly lumpy and the tide is coming in. These are not sailing conditions we enjoy. But the weather forecast for the next few days is deteriorating fast, so we want to get back to the more sheltered waters inside Narragansett Bay. At least the sun is shining. This does not stop spray from splashing the entire boat when Pavane digs her bow into the bigger waves. We chug our way slowly south, with Pavane’s modified Austin Healey ... read more
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