Cruise: Dutch & Cuttyhunk

The Yacht Club Cruise is very much one of my most looked forward to events of the summer.  It's a signal that summer's coming to a close, but it's also an excuse to get out of the house, away from the computer, and spend days on end swimming, sailing, and reading under the sun!  This year was no different, and we had a terrific week of sunny summer weather at the beginning of August.

Ok, well the first day of cruise there was a bit of rain.  We left Wickford Harbor at noon with the intention of heading straight to Cuttyhunk, a 6 hour trip at about 5 knots.  But with heavy winds in the forecast we ducked into Dutch Harbor instead and spent the night.  The weather rolled through, not too terrible, but it was probably better to be safe than sorry.  We woke up to a beautifully calm morning in the harbor and headed out as soon as possible to get to Cuttyhunk Island off the coast of Massachusetts.

Cuttyhunk is probably one of my most favorite places to visit.  It's a quiet and quaint as can be, with a great community of island people and a harbor full of boats.  Our first night on the island was a full moon and I made it over to the rocky beach in time for the moonrise over the outer anchorage and the rest of the Elizabeth Islands in the distance.

The next day I played with my Watershot in the harbor.  This terrific and affordable case is entirely waterproof, rather durable, and comes in various models.  Mine fits my iPhone 5 like a glove and allows me probably the most inexpensive way to take underwater photos.  I already had my phone so getting a case was a small investment to experiment with underwater photography.  It's been a lot of trial and error but wonderfully rewarding when shots like this one below come out just right.

With our trip to Cuttyhunk cut short we departed early the next morning for Marion, Massachusetts, tucked away in Buzzard's Bay.

More to come...

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