Mind the weather

sailing centerville harbor on cape cod
I should look happier, I’m on a boat after all.

I am still fascinated by how different the weather can actually be from one place to another.  I don’t mean the weather on different continents, but how different the weather can be in a rather small geographic area.  Specifically over a couple of miles.

Before going sailing I always check the weather conditions, current conditions and forecasts as well as past conditions to get an idea of the weather trends.  Since I work in aviation I look at the current weather reports at the local airports, giving preference to the one that is closest to where we will be going sailing.  Last week before a sunset sail the wind at a local airport was reported as being 10kts gusting to 18kts.  The direction was from the south east which is largely unrestricted blowing into the Centerville Harbor.  10tks gusting to 18kts isn’t a huge amount of wind but depending on the gusts it can end up being a handful.  While motoring out Asya and I decided not to actually raise sails given the limited time we had before sunset and we weren’t entirely sure of what the conditions would end up being.

The conditions were delightful!  The wind gusts weren’t as bad as the weather report (~two miles away) would have lead me to believe.  There was a minor swell, somewhat noticeable in the picture above, but again not as bad as I would have assumed from the reported wind direction and wind speed.  My takeaway from this is that weather conditions change, both for the better and for the worse.  As much as I like knowing when I pull out of the driveway that I am going sailing, there is still the variable of weather that can and sometimes should change the decision to go sailing.

Just a Thursday

It is said that the two happiest days of a boat owners life are the day that they buy the boat and the day that they sell the boat.

I disagree, and I only have one reason. . . Thursday!  If we didn’t own Spy Hop or Tiger I don’t believe that as many sunset sails would have happened.  And, to be honest sunset sails are one of the best parts of owning a boat.

Thursday sailing

This week on a whim we took Spy Hop out to a new sailing location on Lewis Bay on the south side of Cape Cod.  We launched in the late afternoon and only had sunlight for about 90 minutes on the water.  But those 90 minutes were the highlight of the week and definitely made owning the boat worth it, not to mention the other many adventures that we have had on Spy Hop this summer.

Sunset sailing
Sailing on Lewis Bay

There are many more adventures to be had, but I am very glad that on this day we decided to go sailing rather than stay in the harbor.  Sunset is often a magical time, and I am very happy that on this day we got to view it from this location.

Sunset sailing
Lowering the sails as the sun dips behind the horizon. Perfect timing.