Skerry, Zeppelin

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Two winters ago Elizabeth and Norm built a Chesapeake Light Craft Skerry and named it Zeppelin. It continues to be the source of much fun sailing Pleasant Bay, exploring Little Sipson Island, and general family activity. This day ended with Z out-rowing a catboat powered by a 3 hp outboard in Round Cove Inlet.

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Norm and daughter, Laura

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Laura and her boys came up to visit and we went surfing at Marconi Beach. Some pictures.

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Sea Trial

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Stos and Z came down to the Cape early, shortening Z's camp by 2 days, so he could spend an overnight on Averisera. Grandma and Norm had been thinking about and planning a "Sea Trial" for many weeks now, and were ready with Plans A to probably somewhere mid-alphabet. Z's berth cushion was brought out and his berth was cleared of sailing gear, the spinnakers were taken off to make more room forward for gear and overnight bags, a sleeping bag was brought on board, his berth light tested. All was ready.

Z came over to our house around 11 on Thursday, after a breakfast with Dad at Grumpy's, and while Norm was out giving a sailing lesson, Z and I put another couple of coats of paint on the skiff, turned his embroidered trident (made at camp) into a little pillow, and packed the car with his overnight things, a cooler with our meals, readied the trailer with the nutshell, and waited for Norm. Then the 3 of us ferried the nutshell and the supplies to Stage Harbor, and we were off!

A day-sail or late afternoon sail more accurately
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We came back to Stage Harbor, and picked up a mooring in the Outer Harbor. While supper was on the stove, Z rowed around in the nutshell, after making his berth cozy.

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Norm and Z spent time looking at the stars and planets, and identifying familiar constellations. They also watched the "Hullabaloos", a group of a dozen or so young adults who had stranded their boat on a falling tide on the back side of Morris Island. They made a bonfire, a lot of noise, and left a mess behind when they got off late at night.

Friday morning, up early, Norm had coffee while Z rowed around the quiet, misty harbor. Clouds covered the early sky, and the wind had shifted to the North.

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After oatmeal and leftover Grumpy's pancakes, Z took Grandma out for a row.

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I think almost every inch of the outer harbor is now mapped in Z's brain. The shallows, the different seaweed beds, the mussels, live scallops, clammers at work, deep water, and on and on. When we were shipshape again, we took Averisera out for a morning sail. We followed "Rejoice", "Toujours" and "Checkered Past" out the channel. They were motoring, while we sailed off the mooring and out the channel. It was fun to be amongst 3 other sailboats sailing off Hardings Beach. We got as far as Harwichport, when looking around we saw dense fog descending over Monomoy and Stage Harbor. Time to turn around and head back in.

Wind from the Northeast, meant a beat up the channel into Stage Harbor. Norm steered, and Z and Grandma took the port and starboard jib sheets. Short tacking in the narrow channel was a new technique for Z, who quickly mastered throwing off the sheet for Grandma when going to port tack, and pulling in to trim the jib when tacking back to starboard tack. Mist and rain kept us cool as we brought Averisera back to her mooring in the inner harbor.

After unpacking, and bringing everything back home, we spent an hour at Red River Beach, where Z made friends with a family of kayakers. He got a tow up the Red River, and then spent time collecting minnows and exploring with his new friend.

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"Sea Trial" ended with a family barbecue! Thanks!

Some comments from Norm. The Nutshell pram towed well. I may install a new towing point lower on the bow. More importantly, the rowboat is one of the most useful things we had. At a moment's notice, Z was over the side and into the dinghy to explore or just improve his rowing. The Nutshell has terrific load carrying capabilities and is still an easy pulling boat.

Next adventure? Dunno... Nantucket? Martha's Vineyeard? Block Island? St Thomas? Australia? (Why think small?)

Norm out. 

Averisera: Not the NEST after all

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On our way to Newport, RI for the New England Solo Twin, we encountered some interesting adventures. The first and second were electrical. Elizabeth and I resolved those on our own. The bottom was a bigger problem. Seems the bottom paint has stopped working and we are towing a marine biology lab. Couldn't arrange a diver so we said, let's cruise.

Tarpaulin Cove, Oak Bluffs, Nantucket Harbor were our principal stops. In the middle, we returned home to have some house guests over for a few days. Sailors. It was too much fun. The interruption was hardly a problem to say the least. Away, back home and away again. All good.

Nobska Light, while heading towards Woods Hole from Oak Bluffs
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We had a nice walk up to the East Chop Lighthouse from Oak Bluffs. It is a nice harbor. Boats with families having fun swimming and playing. Ashore the restaurants and bars are lively. Very Caribbean. More power boats than sail. Nantucket is all classic sail.

Telegraph Hill, East Chop
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Random images from the cruise.

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Letter of Marque raider from the War of 1812, LYNX , a reproduction of a Baltimore Clipper schooner sailing out of Nantucket harbor.

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Chatham Fog

Nantucket Harbor, leading lights.
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Nantucket Sound: upwind and up current in both directions!

Averisera-NEST Bound

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The New England Solo Twin Race is a favorite. Sometimes, we think it is part of the Averisera adventure. So far, we have two fourths and a third in class. This year, maybe better... maybe not. New sails and a newly refurbished bottom painted with an anti fouling that isn't Oh well...

Love to sail the boat no matter what.

Boys and their boats

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Grandson, Z, came over a few weeks ago and asked if he could build a boat of his design in our garage. Of course we said yes. Why stop a budding young naval architect just because he's eight years old. Norm showed Z how to lay out a design and the two went off to buy materials. The design was then lofted on the garage (boat shop?) floor, pieces cut and assembled. About eight or ten hours later, it was floating. Some more work and redesign was required so Grandma Elizabeth stepped in and set everything right.

When asked if he'd like to have a gentle curve to the hull line, Z said, "No. It will take too long." Boy knows what he wants. He float tested the boat and it worked just fine. The grin on his face told a long story. Good job, Z.

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Cape Cod Fog

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It was foggy for Father's Day but we went out anyway. There was a dredge working the inlet to Stage Harbor and that made some interesting watching. 

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A month or so later, not much has changed. We have had some nice days for certain. Check out the look at a regatta for Optis at Stone Horse YC in Harwich.
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Daughter Laura's new boat

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Some months ago we thought Laura was going to buy a small C&C. Well, turns out she didn't. Instead she found a nearby O'Day 242 in beautiful condition. It is now the new boat in the family. Not sure of the name yet but Chop Suey is painted on the side.

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Out for a sail the other day. Yes, jib trim is slow... yeah, yeah. Nice little boat, very comfy and a nice sailor. Heading out to the islands near Westport and Norwalk on Long Island Sound.

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Launching in Greenwich. Thanks to Rich Gold for a free tie up that night.

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Laura departing Greenwich Harbor  as captin of her own vessel. Gotta love the smile.

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Grandpa and luke in the dink.

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Luke, steering and trimming main. Buddy, it's not an opti but you're on the right track!
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Luke under sail away from deserted island in background.

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Marc reacting to mom's new boat.
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Laura hiding in a coffee cup!



Winsome restoration

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Work on the Yankee 30, Winsome, progresses. The boat is cleaned, gear sorted, bottom painted and she's about to launch. Some pictures of the work during June and July.
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A drawing of the Yankee 30 as designed originally. Some later versions had taller rigs, deeper keels, and sparser interiors.

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Varnished hatch boards and compass shelf. Very pretty teak.

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Rebuilt forward hatch and new plexi and vent. Of course, a nice varnish job, too.

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Mama testing the electric circuits in the mast. The step ladder is mounted in the truck bed. Everything works.
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Winsome ready to launch.

Averisera-Figawi Trophy

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The 2017 trophy takes its place amongst earlier trophies earned by Averisera. Nice looking bowl. Thanks Figawi organizers.

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