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Cruising Southern New England Coast

Our sailing connections are myriad. Here is a note from Dejan about a crossing of paths that keeps us thinking we are family. By the way, The McCormacks’ jaunt that took them from Long Island to Cuttyhunk to 3rd Beach and back home highlights the cruising fun of our SS23’s.
McCormacks at 3rd Beach

McCormacks at 3rd Beach

From Dejan:

Bede McCormack contacted me as a result of our association web site.  So
this was a “virtual” connection for awhile.  He originally emailed me a
couple of years ago; inquiring about this area with a view towards
making a longer trip to Cuttyhunk.  He keeps the boat at Shelter Island,
NY.  We have corresponded via email for awhile and I made some
suggestions for good places to stop along the way, like Dutch Harbor and
3rd Beach Cove.  Bede did not end up making the trip last year, but
tried again (successfully) this year.  So Bede and another brother,
Aidan, sailed out bound 2 weeks ago, stopping at 3rd Beach and then
continuing to Cuttyhunk, on a 2 day run Thurs/Fri  July 17/18 to
Cuttyhunk.  They returned to 3rd Beach Cove on Sunday the 20th.
I connected them with our harbor master so they could rent a mooring to
leave the boat for 2 weeks.  I met the brothers that Sunday afternoon on
the beach.  We got their gear ashore, and then I followed Bede back out
to the boat in my dinghy, so we could leave his dinghy with the boat.
(there is no town sanctioned dinghy storage here for transient
boaters).  I dropped the brothers at the bus station in Newport so they
could make their way back to NY.  I kept an eye on the boat the last 2
weeks but we really haven’t had any weather to be concerned with. Then
yesterday I picked up Bede and his other brother Colm at the local Avis
agency, and then dinghy’ed them out to the boat for the return trip this
Their tentative plan was to push ahead to
Newport or Jamestown and get a slight jump on the weather and position
themselves for the jump over to Orient Point on Long Island and then
onwards to Shelter Island.  They made an overnight run from 3rd
Beach to Three Mile Harbor, Long Island.  They left 3rd Beach around 
7:30pm and motored most of the way.  RI and BI sounds were like a mill 
pond overnight.  An Easterly kicked up as they entered Gardiner’s Bay, 
so they sailed the last hour or so and arrived safely around 7am, ahead 
of the rain/storm front that deluged us all day on Saturday.
What a trip!!!