We got underway on November 17 - thanks to Ellie, Charlie Doane, Melissa Paly and David Batchelder for waving us off the dock. Soon we were joined by PISCATAQUA for an escort down the river complete with three cannon shots and a loud HAZZAH as we rounded the point and aimed for Gloucester. Thanks to Matt, crew, and friends for doing that! Thanks to Bob Kozman for taking photos including these two, above and below.
The first five days have been a whirlwind of getting back into the routine. The boat feels all new and we are pleased so far with the improvements. We are intentionally just doing day trips to start, so have spent nights so far at Gloucester, Sandwich Basin at the eastern end of the Cape Cod Canal, Newport, and Noank. Yesterday we decided to come up the river to Mystic Seaport to make a quick trip to West Marine for a new macerator pump (will spare you the details of all that) and decided to spend the night tied to the dock at the Seaport while we watched the wind pipe up as the temperature went down. We were invited to have Thanksgiving with friends here within an hour of arriving so we will spend the afternoon ashore in a warm house. We are keeping our cabin nice and warm so no complaints there! we expect to get under way again early tomorrow morning and will head to Norwalk or Port Jefferson depending on the wind direction.
We are thinking of all of you today celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends and feel much gratitude to be doing this. We are working on getting the tracker set up and will put it on the blog ASAP.