Off the dock early to fuel up and catch the favourable current on the canal. There are many warnings against moving with a foul tide using words like, “bank suction”! All went well and we even broke the canal speed limit but the patrol boats didn’t pull us over.
Then it was into Buzzards Bay and some sailing. We decided against the Woods Hole cut due to unfavourable currents and aimed for Quicks Hole but seeking entertainment Peter and I went through the narrower but closer Robinson’s Hole. Tricky — faced only 1+ knots of current against going in and coming out but over 3 knots halfway through. Lots of eddies but the boat steered well and we popped out nicely at the other side.
Then it was a slog up the north side of Martha’s Vineyard mostly under 5 knots with both sails and motor. Arrived mid afternoon and had a delightful time trying to find our assigned mooring balls. It’s a tight mooring field and we had to change mooring balls as there was a motor boat that was dangerously close and we are expecting a bit of a blow. These moorings were $50 per night, most expensive we’ve seen.