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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Windy Day/Opera House Cup/Plane Crash Pix

It was a very windy day around the waterfront today. Here's a shot of flags flapping and snapping on a bowed flagpole up on the cliff-

The fuel tanker, Great Gull, laying out in the sound waiting for the wind to die before coming in to unload at the Boat Basin-

Some scenes from Straight Wharf where all the Opera House Cup boats are docked waiting for the big race tomorrow-

Another huge sailboat made her way into the harbor yesterday. I was able to get up alongside her and follow her into the dock with my boat as she was slowly motoring down the main channel. Her name is Meteor and she's from George Town, Cayman Islands. She's currently Med-moored at the east face of Straight Wharf. It's worth a walk down there to have a look see.

(OT) Here are a couple of shots I took today of the plane that crashed at the base of the Loran tower last evening. (OT)

That is all for today.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


Hither Crick is an interesting place to go kayaking. I was there yesterday and grabbed these pictures.

This cormorant was resting on the center console of a boat-

Look at all these mooring permit stickers!

A beautiful sailboat coming into the harbor under power-

And the same boat leaving the harbor under sail-

A big sport fishing boat coming up on Brant Point-

I spotted this nice 62 Nordhaven in the Boat Basin this afternoon. Her name is Grey Pearl-

Jimmy Buffett's new yacht docked in front of the Lightship-

Never a dull moment around the waterfront.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

New Arrivals @ The Boat Basin

The activity down at the Boat Basin is starting to pick up a little. I think it's been rather slow down there this Summer but I could be wrong. Seems like there are always several empty slips.

There are a few interesting boats there now. It's worth taking a walk along the docks to see them in person. When I was there this afternoon, A 153' sailboat named Pink Gin tied up at the north face of Straight Wharf. She backed in all the way from the anchorage.

Note that she's from Southhampton.

Here's a shot of her nav station. Not sure why she has two stations only a couple of feet apart from each other. I would think that one station in the center would work fine. And there would be no need for redundant electronics displays and engine controls.

Still on Straight Wharf, this beauty caught my eye. Her name is Black Knight and she's from Oyster Bay, New York. A lot of brightwork on this old girl!

Notice her fake stack.

Yesterday, this steel schooner was tied up under the dock master's office. Her name is Hannibul-

Commercial Striped Bass season is set to end tomorrow, August 15th. The quota of 989,406 pounds will be reached by the end of the day. It was another short season this year, barely lasting a month.

Sunday, August 12, 2007


A fine late summer day to be out on the water today. Here are a few pictures I took while I was out and about on the water today.

The Nantucket Lightship anchored off First Point-

The Town Clock framed in the rigging of the Lightship-

Roger Penske's 150' yacht, Detroit Eagle med-moored at the east face of Straight Wharf-

Captain Tobey Leske and his son invited me for a ride on their cat on Saturday. Thanks, Tobey!

Two old Nantucketers and their dog fishing at the cormorant rookery-

Cormorants and terns on the rocks of the jetties-

The M/V Eagle headed out-

While cruising through the anchorage, I spied this beautiful Holland 38. I had a nice chat with her owner. I asked him if she ever lobstered. He said she never lobstered but she did win a few lobster boat races in Maine. He told me he lived here for 30 years and for 28 of those years he ran a sailboat charter business. He now lives in Camden Maine.

And finally, I got a kick out of this. The fake crow and owl (circled in red), are meant to scare the gull (red arrow pointing to it), sitting on the piling. Maybe a rubber snake on the dock would have scared the gull away.