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Added Thursday, November 4, 2004 at 23:24:22
An unusual day's voyage...

Today's trip was a very odd one. I only traveled from Hampton, VA, which is just on the north side of the James River, to Chesapeake, VA, which is just south of Norfolk and only about 10 miles south of the James River. The number of miles traveled was very short but the trip took almost 8 hours...

I had bad weather for the section of the trip through the Norfolk Navy Yard which was unusually busy with lots of security boats appearing suddenly out of the fog, quite an adventure.

Then I was trapped on the wrong side of a railroad lift bridge when it broke down. The repairs took about an hour. During that time I made coffee and motored around in circles...

Some days are sublime and some are merely ridiculous. Today was far from sublime, but I guess it was better than election day...

Anyway, I am now at Atlantic Yacht Basin in Chesapeake, VA, and have just passed the line where people stop putting anti-freeze in their boats. Hurrah!

Murph
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Added Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 21:30:30
Encore and I are now in Poquoson, VA...

Had a pleasant motor today. This trip has had wonderful weather except for one little thing... No wind... Sigh! Oh well, at least the engine is working well and is only burning about 1/2 gallon of diesel fuel per hour...

I was disappointed to find that my favorite anchorage in Fleets Bay has a condo development going up on its banks (sort of a housing project for rich people...) but maybe Poquoson will replace it. The river is remarkably undeveloped and attractive. And it's just north of Hampton, VA and the whole Norfolk, VA megalopolis.

Tomorrow I'm meeting an old college buddy, Jim Coen, and then we're going to spend a day or two sailing. Don't know where we're going yet but will fill you in when we decide!

David
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Added Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at 21:17:37
Am currently anchored in Fleets Bay, tomorrow I sail for Poquoson, VA

I am near the town of Kilmarnock, VA, in a beautiful little cove off Indian Creek which is a branch off of Fleets Bay. This is near Antipoison Neck (where Captain John Smith was given an herbal remedy for snakebite).

Enough with the Virginia history already!... Tomorrow I will be going to a place I've never been before! Poquoson is an Indian word which means a forested swamp. The Poquoson River, just south of the York river and north of Hampton, VA, is tomorrow's destination.

Murph
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Added Monday, October 25, 2004 at 21:16:23
Encore arrived Solomons, MD, tomorrow departs for Fleets Bay (Kilmarnock, VA)

Onward! Nice motor today, no wind, overcast but warm. Not really much of an adventure...

Murph
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Added Monday, October 25, 2004 at 08:00:15
Bound for Solomons...

This morning I leave Annapolis, MD, bound for Solomons, VA, in the mouth of the Patuxent River. I'll have to wait to leave until 9AM though, that's when the fuel dock opens here in Annapolis. They're only open Monday through Friday which seems odd for what's supposed to be one of the major boating centers in the Chesapeake Bay. But, I suppose it is the end of the season, even here.

Murph
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Added Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 18:28:23
Encore is now in Annapolis, Maryland

I apologize for not telling you all that I was on my way to Annapolis but I wasn't able to get an internet connection in Georgetown so I couldn't!

Had a nice motor down, unfortunately the wind didn't cooperate with sailing but sometimes that's just the way it works. I expect to lay over here tomorrow and then go on to Solomons, MD (at the mouth of the Pautuxent River) on Monday.

Hope you're all well and happy. It's nice to be back aboard and under way again!

Murph
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Added Monday, October 11, 2004 at 22:41:43
Docked In Georgetown, MD


Tomorrow we pick up a car and travel back to Provincetown where I'll finish out my responsibilities for this fall and pick up Encore's big Genoa sail.

Hopefully I'll get to see Gwen on the way back down. Should be away from Encore for the next ten days or so and will resume the travel tales when I return.

In the mean time I hope you are all well and happy.

More to follow!

Murph
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Added Saturday, October 9, 2004 at 22:12:32
Anchored in the Sassafras River...

We spent a restless night in the Reedy Point Anchorage at the top of Delaware Bay and then, this morning, motored through the C&D; Canal in light fog. It was very pretty, but I still think that the Cape Cod Canal is the most attractive one around.

For lunch we stopped at Schaffer's, in Chesapeake City, and had crab cakes. This is something of a tradition with me because I've done it on every trip through here. Chesapeake City is the first stop in Maryland so it seems particularly appropriate for crab cakes. The new management (not so new actually, they bought the place 3 years ago now...) is doing a fine job. The food was wonderful and the staff were personable and seemed to like their work. This is a big improvement over what I found there last trip. I visited during the last week under the old owners and things were a little below par...

To be very precise we are anchored in Turner's Creek on the south side of the Sassafras River near Fredericktown and/or Georgetown on the DelMarVa Peninsula. It's a warm comfortable night, a little overcast but the seas and winds are calm. I got in a little exercise this evening rowing around and tomorrow we will plan the next leg of the trip (to Baltimore).
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Added Friday, October 8, 2004 at 19:46:36
Completed the trip up the Delaware Bay...

We're now in Reedy Point Anchorage just next to Delaware City, DE. and tomorrow we'll go down the C&D; canal toward the Chesapeake Bay. We'll stop at Shaeffer's Canal House in Chesapeake City, MD, for lunch (probably have crab cakes...) and then either anchor in the Sassafras River or go up the river to Fredricktown and Georgetown where there are nice marinas. Sunday the weather is supposed to be bad so we want to be sure we get stuck somewhere comfortable! Today's trip was very comfortable but I could have done with a little more wind.

By-the-way I am traveling with a friend who is in a powerboat (yes I know that sounds strange but I am... We'll probably get a good article for SailNorthEast out of the experience). Her name is Carla Anderson and her boat's name is "Sea Star".

So now you'll know why I say, "we" and won't think that I'm weird *grin*.

Murph
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Added Thursday, October 7, 2004 at 21:34:46
Sailing at dawn for the C&D; Canal...

I'm sailing at dawn for Reedy Point anchorage at the top of the Delaware Bay, just at the beginning of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

Keeping my fingers crossed for good weather. The predictions are favorable.

Murph
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Added Wednesday, October 6, 2004 at 21:10:20
Arrived Cape May early this afternoon...

We had a beautiful day's trip from Atlantic City to Cape May. It was a nice contrast to the feisty day from Atlantic Highlands to Absecon. I motorsailed at a very good speed all the way and am now anchored off the Coast Guard station.

Tomorrow we'll go ashore and do some housekeeping while we wait for the wind to change in the proper direction for the trip up Delaware Bay. That should happen tomorrow night and Friday should be perfect, both in terms of wind and tide.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed and listening to the weather reports...

By-the-way my cellular connection is acting up a little so don't be alarmed if I miss corresponding some evening. It might happen. I'll get in touch with Gwen and/or my brother Neil if that happens so nobody will need to call the Coast Guard!

Murph
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Added Tuesday, October 5, 2004 at 23:02:16
Sailing for Cape May in the morning...

Tomorrow morning we leave Atlantic City bound for Cape May, at the mouth of the Delaware Bay.

Hope the trip is more of a pleasure than the one into Atlantic City. This is supposed to be pleasure boating, right?

Murph
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Added Monday, October 4, 2004 at 23:22:06
Arrived Atlantic City without mishap but with adventure...

Horrible seas! Not particularly high but confused and difficult. They knocked our speed down to the point where we not only left Sandy Hook in the dark but we arrived here in the dark as well!

Anyway, all's well and I'm going to bed. Tomorrow will be a day devoted to rest and recreation! (well, maybe I'll do some laundry too...)

Murph
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Added Sunday, October 3, 2004 at 16:53:40
Bound for Atlantic City...

We leave tonight (at 3:00 AM) for Atlantic City.

I expect we'll arrive there around 5:00 PM tomorrow afternoon and we'll be staying at Kammerman's Marina.

Hope you're all well and happy! I am!

Murph
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Added Friday, October 1, 2004 at 22:25:45
Encore is now in Atlantic Highlands

We had a pleasant trip down the East River and past New York. Lady Liberty is still in the harbor. Tomorrow I expect that we'll have to wait out unfavorable winds.

If all goes well and the weather cooperates We should travel on Sunday down to Atlantic City.

Murph
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Added Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 21:40:36
Tomorrow we sail down the East River to Atlantic Highlands...

The storms have now passed and it's time to continue on toward the Chesapeake Bay. In the morning we sail down the east side of Manhattan, past the United Nations, under the Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, past Governor's Island and finally under the Verazzano Narrows bridge on our way to Sandy Hook Bay and the anchorage at Atlantic Highlands.

Hope you are all happy and well...

Murph
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Added Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 11:06:53
Some pictures from Encore's trip ...

Lots of wind and rain last night!

I've put up some pictures at http://sailnortheast.com/encore/

Looks like we have a couple more days before it'll be possible to head down the coast...

Murph
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Added Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 00:54:34
Encore arrived safely in Port Washington, NY (Manhasset Bay)

Some bad weather is predicted for the next few days so I'll be laying over here until at least Thursday before continuing down the East River past Manhattan and out into the Atlantic to Delaware Bay.

Don't be disturbed if no message arrives tomorrow! *grin*

Murph
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Added Sunday, September 26, 2004 at 17:36:30
Encore arrived in Port Jefferson, NY, leaves tomorrow for Port Washington, NY

Beautiful day's motor sailing today. Lots of sun and warm weather. Really nice.

I arrived in Port Jefferson early in the afternoon, bought fuel at the town's fuel dock (prices were way too high!) and then anchored far from the madding crowd. During the rest of the afternoon I attended to my mending chores (fixed some stitching which had pulled out of the dodger), had a row for exercise and then watched the sunset over a scotch.

Altogether a totally satisfying day!

Tomorrow I sail for Port Washington in Manhassett Bay where I expect to meet Carla who is motoring down from behind Fisher's Island (she's traveling by power boat!).

Will probably lay over in Port Washington until the weather clears toward the end of the week...

Murph
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Added Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 19:38:33
Today was challenging! (Translate as "hard work")

I got out of Point Judith early enough but hadn't counted on the ocean swells from the last hurricane... When I got to the Race (at the entrance to Long Island Sound) I found standing waves six feet high! That'll teach me to decide that I can buck the tide when it's not too strong. Truth is I was caught in my own bad decision. Well, I got through it and made my way to Westbrook Connecticut where I am currently anchored. Tomorrow I'll sail on to Port Jefferson, NY, or another of the bays farther in.

All's well, but not because of my inestimable wisdom...

Murph
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Added Friday, September 24, 2004 at 16:49:31
Encore has arrived in Point Judith...

Encore and I left Marion this morning about 8 AM. We had to wait until the fog lifted but I spent the time photographing boats in the fog so it wasn't time wasted!

By 10:30 it was warm enough for me to declare it swimsuit weather so I rolled back the bimini top and enjoyed the sun (my apology to Frank, yes, I know the sun isn't good for me but I did it anyway...).

We motored into Point Judith Harbor of Refuge at 3:30 PM and completed anchoring within 20 minutes.

Tomorrow we'll sail to either Greenport, on the north fork of Long Island, or to Duck Island Roads, off Westport, CT, depending upon the winds and weather predictions.

All's well and the sailing (or motoring, today) is grand!

Murph
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Added Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 15:20:20
Well, I made it to Marion anyway...

Perhaps I was a little optimistic in trying to make it all the way to Point Judith. I didn't take into account all the time that would have to go into answering the phone along the way for one thing (and I missed the tide through the canal for another).

It was a pleasant trip and I'm on a mooring at Burr Brothers' Boats in Marion Massachusetts (Sippican Harbor) for the night.

Tomorrow for Point Judith!

Murph
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Added Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 01:20:15
Encore sails at dawn...

Oops! I forgot to include a subject line...

Encore will sail from Provincetown at dawn (or around dawn anyway)bound for the Cape Cod Canal and south toward the Chesapeake Bay. I expect tomorrow night will find her in Point Judith if all goes well and the winds remain favorable.

Dave Murphy
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Added Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 01:18:40

Encore will sail from Provincetown at dawn (or around dawn anyway)bound for the Cape Cod Canal and south toward the Chesapeake Bay. I expect tomorrow night will find her in Point Judith if all goes well and the winds remain favorable.
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Added Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 21:30:16
Arrived Marion MA, tomorrow we dry the fuel...

We limped into Marion, MA, this evening after a squall and engine problems because of wet fuel. Tomorrow we'll talk to the shop people about how to solve the problem. Nothing major but kind of a pain... Anyway we're well and all's well aboard.

Dave Murphy
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Added Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 18:24:13
Arrived Point Judith, tomorrow for Onset

We are now anchored in Point Judith Harbor of Refuge and plan to sail to Onset tomorrow then to Provincetown on Monday...
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Added Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 18:24:04
Arrived Point Judith, tomorrow for Onset

We are now anchored in Point Judith Harbor of Refuge and plan to sail to Onset tomorrow then to Provincetown on Monday...
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Added Friday, June 20, 2003 at 22:22:52
Arrived Westbrook, tomorrow bound fror Point Judith

We are now anchored in Duck Island Roads, off Westbrook, CT. Tomorrow morning we are bound for Point Judith, RI.
Weather is dreary but not violent. No sailing. What wind there was was on the nose.

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Added Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 22:16:49
Arrived Manhasset Bay, tomorrow Duck Island Roads...

Made incredibly good time coming down the Hudson and up the East River. Averaged over 8 knots for the day which is faster than Encore's hull speed. All because we caught the current right. Weather was calm but rainy and foggy. Tomorrow will be a long day ending in the anchorage off Westbrook CT...

DGM
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Added Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 00:09:31
Encore is departing for Provincetown...

At last! After a winter filled with horrible weather we are setting out for Cape Cod in the morning.

We'll cast off from Westerley Marina in Ossining, NY (home of the infamous Sing Sing prison) at dawn in order to make the tide through Hell Gate and expect to anchor in Manhasset Bay mid afternoon.

Please wish us well!

Dave Murphy
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Added Friday, December 6, 2002 at 01:16:51
Snow! Yech...

Well folks, I've been trapped in Port Washington, NY. And it looks like I'm here for the winter. So much for my voyage south. Murph


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Added Wednesday, November 6, 2002 at 17:22:47
The New York Lay-Over Continues

Folks,

I seem to have gotten stuck here! The weather hasn't been at all good for continuing my journey.

I'm sure I'll be able to continue south sometime in the near future but in the mean time don't worry. I'm fine and Encore is tied up in a very sheltered location.

Murph
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Added Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 07:47:33
New York Lay-Over

I'm now docked at Manhassett Bay Marina, in Port Wahington, NY, and expect to stay here until at least Friday. During the lay-over I'm offloading my "cargo", reprovisioning, doing a little maintenance work on the boat and waiting for some rainy weather to pass.

Will resume the narrative when I get under way again. In the mean time stay healthy and happy!

Murph
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Added Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 18:00:10
Westbrook, CT (Duck Island Roads) to Glen Cove, NY (Manhassett Bay)

Folks! Here's the latest installment...

Westbrook, CT (Duck Island Roads) to Glen Cove, NY (Manhassett Bay)

0643 - Began to weigh both anchors. I had set the second one at 4AM, Saturday morning when 'Encore' began to drag.
0659 - Both anchors up, stowed and under way.
0824 - Passed Faulkner Island.
0924 - Set jib, speed increased to 7 knots but I couldn't hold my intended course.
1015 - Struck jib and began climbing back on course (into the wind) @ 6.3 knots motoring.
1204 - Encountered breaking seas on the nose after passing Stratford Shoal. Speed dropped to 5.7 knots.
1221 - Went forward to retie dinghy (in harness, throttled back and turned off the wind). The dinghy was moving about on the foredeck because it was only tied down with a line to each side. I added a line forward to hold it down.
1319 - Winds built out of the West North West to 22 and 23 knots, very uncomfortable because of the hobby horse effect.
1426 - Passed Cable and Anchor Reef.
1532 - Winds and seas have moderated, much more comfortable now.
1550 - Sighted the New York skyline in the distance.
1702 - Anchored behind the breakwater J.P. Morgan built for 'Corsair'.

Saturday, October 26, 2002 at anchor in Duck Island Roads.
0400 - Woke to find the anchor dragging in 35 knots of wind.
0518 - Secure once again with a second anchor in place.

I had initially set the CQR anchor when I arrived but the wind had changed often enough to foul it, so two hours before dawn I found myself setting the Fortress anchor and powering back and forth to free the fouled CQR. Fortunately I was successful. The wind stayed around 35 knots until around noon when it began to moderate.

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Added Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 08:07:08
Departed Westbrook...

Left Duck Island Roads this morning at 7AM EST bound for Hempstead Harbor on Long Island.
Position at 8AM 41-12.98 N X 072-35.95 W.
Calm seas, little wind.
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Added Saturday, October 26, 2002 at 13:35:25
At anchor in Duck Island Roads.

At anchor in Duck Island Roads.
0400 - Woke to find the anchor dragging in 35 knots of wind.
0518 - Secure once again with a second anchor in place.

I had initially set the CQR anchor when I arrived but the wind had changed often enough to foul it, so two hours before dawn I found myself setting the Fortress anchor and powering back and forth to free the fouled CQR. Fortunately I was successful. The wind stayed around 35 knots until around noon when it began to moderate.

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Added Friday, October 25, 2002 at 15:01:11
Point Judith, RI, to Westbrook, CT

Point Judith, RI, to Westbrook, CT

Good motoring today but still no real wind to speak of. That's all supposed to change tonight...

0800 - Anchor up and under way.
0849 - Making more than 7 knots motorsailing with the jib. Beginning to warm up.
1016 - Passed Watch Hill, CT.
1056 - Sighted Race Rock Light. Making 8.2 knots with the current.
1126 - Passed Race Rock Light (and photographed it). Entered Long Island Sound making 8.9 knots with the current.
1215 - Wind died and I struck the jib. Still making 8.3 knots with the current. Had a sandwich lunch.
1411 - Entered Duck Island Roads off Westbrook, CT.
1420 - Completed anchoring with 4.5' of water under the keel and good protection from all but the west.

Storms are predicted to start tonight and continue through the weekend. I hope not, but that's what's predicted. I expect to have to lay over here tomorrow.

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Added Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 15:39:37
Mattapoisett, MA to Point Judith, RI

Mattapoisett, MA to Point Judith, RI

Folks!

Today was as pleasant as I could have wished and more than made up for yesterdays rain and cold. The only thing I could have wished for was a little wind...

0758 - Hauled anchor and got under way wearing all my warmest clothes.
0845 - Set the jib and motorsailed. Turned off the furnace.
1000 - Was passed by "Seabourne Pride" a very attractive, but modern, cruise ship which was southbound from the canal.
1146 - Decided to set the main sail but by the time I had the cover off and everything ready the wind had died entirely! I struck the jib and continued under the engine. At least it had warmed up enough for me to shed a layer of clothes.
1258 - It had turned into a beautiful warm fall day.
1430 - Passed the Coast Guard doing towing drills in the mouth of Narragansett Bay.
1502 - Anchored on the northern side of Point Judith Harbor of Refuge.

I spent most of the afternoon reading Brian Cudahy's "Around Manhattan Island", a history of tourist cruises around New York, and could only read a paragraph at a time if I was to keep a proper watch. There was so little traffic on the lower part of Buzzards Bay that I might as well have napped through it. I only had to make one course correction to avoid a tug and tow around 2PM.

If the weather predictions are to be believed tomorrow night will begin a strong storm out of the east. I plan to stop at Duck Island Roads (off Westport, CT) and see what develops. The Roads provides good protection and I can go ashore for a meal if I get too bored.

More from there tomorrow!

DGM

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Added Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 19:16:20
Provincetown, MA to Mattapoisett, MA

Provincetown, MA to Mattapoisett, MA

0746 - Cast off from Provincetown Marina and motored out of the harbor, rain began to fall.
0804 - Passed Long Point buoy.
0826 - Passed Wood End buoy in steady drizzle with lowering skys, little to no wind.
1130 - Passed the entrance to Sandwich Marina at the Cape Cod Bay end of the canal. Rain was heavy enough that I decided to wait and fuel later rather than end up with water in the tank.
1352 - Entered Mattapoisett Harbor and the rain stopped.
1430 - Was unable to get to the fuel dock at low tide. Motored out into the harbor and anchored.
1530 - Returned to the fuel dock and took on fuel and water.
1651 - Back on anchor.

The new cockpit enclosure kept me dry through the rain but it didn't do much to keep me warm! After I fueled and returned to the anchor, which I had left in place with a float, I started the furnace and by 1800 (6PM) I was warm and well fed.

Tomorrow I expect to sail (hopefully) to Point Judith Harbor of Refuge where I will anchor for the night and time the tidal currents through the Race into Long Island Sound.


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Added Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 22:14:51
Departure in the morning...

Folks!

At long last all is in order (as much as it can be anyway) and I am planning to leave Provincetown early tomorrow morning bound for the Cape Cod Canal, Buzzards Bay and points south.

I expect to get as far as Mattapoisett tomorrow. Perhaps I'll do better than that but that's my goal for now.

More tomorrow night.

David
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Added Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 13:31:39
Fall Cruising Plans

I expect to depart Provincetown, MA, bound for Beaufort, NC, sometime before October 15th, 2002, and to have lots of lay overs along the way.

I've added the whole gang from last spring's mailing list and a couple more of you. So, if I become entirely too boring or you get tired of having me fill your mailbox with my day to day adventures just click on the included link and opt out of receiving this email.

Dave Murphy
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