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Monday, September 17, 2012

Cape Cod Canal

From Boston we had a nice sail back to Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod (42d02.27'N, 70d11.02'W, 55 ft) and from there staged a transit of the Cape Cod Canal the next morning saving us a day of travel in good weather and having to wait out bad conditions going around the Cape. Dreamt of by colonists, surveyed by George Washington, originally dug in 1914 and finally expanded and completed in 1940 the canal now allows commercial shipping and pleasure craft a safer, shorter trip from New York to Boston. With a tidal difference of around five feet between Cape Cod Bay and Buzzards Bay we consulted Eldrige's tide book again to ensure a favorable current (4 knots!) for our transit that day.
Once in Buzzards Bay we hoisted sail (no sailing allowed in the canal) and made our way to Newport RI where the Annual Newport Boat Show was in full swing. There we meet some old friends, made some new ones, scored some free tickets and enjoyed the Newport yachting scene. This included the Brockerage Show (free) featuring some enormous megayachts and walking the exhibitors tents on Sunday. Anchorage in Newport can easily be found between the Goat Island Bridge and the big bridge spanning Newport to Conanicut Islands: 41d29.81’N, 71d19.69’W,32 ft. Brenton Cove, just off the Ida Lewis Yacht Club is also an option (north of the extensive mooring field but south of the underwater cable).

Today we moved Interlude across the channel to where she was moored by her second owners off their home in Jamestown RI. Offered the use of a private dock, mooring (41d29.37'N, 71d21.69'W 15-25 ft), laundry, bicycles, wifi, etc. we couldn't refuse and will be here a week or so doing chores and touring Newport's famous mansions.

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