Nantucket to Hyannis Port, MA – July 27 – 29, 2016

Our plan for Wednesday morning was an easy 24 nm cruise from Nantucket to Hyannis Port to spend some time with Adrienne’s sister and brother-in-law.  We took our time in the morning and slipped off the mooring lines around 9:20 am, and headed out the Nantucket harbor inlet.  The wind was calm and the seas were flat with small one foot waves.  A little before noon, we were pulling into Hyannis Port.

Hyannis Port is a busy ferry terminal with ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket running constantly, along with fishing boats and small tour boats.  We waited a while outside the channel for several boats to enter the channel ahead of us.  As we headed into the channel we soon had a ferry right on our stern; as we neared the marina a large ferry, the M/V Nantucket, pulled out of its slip and was heading out of the channel.  It was going to be tight.  I slowed way down, hoping the ferry behind me would also slow way down.  I could hear the two ferries chatting about us on the VHF radio, wondering what I was going to do.  I chimed in and asked them what they wanted me to do.  We choreographed a little dance around the channel marking and soon we were at Hyannis Marina, and a few minutes later we were tied up.  It was 12:15 pm.

Having been on moorings for a week. Curiosity was a bit salty.  So Adrienne and I gave her a much-needed bath.  Just as we finished, Ade’s sister, Catherine and her husband, Gary, arrived to whisk us off to their cottage in Dennis.

We spent a wonderful couple of days visiting with them.  They plied us with delicious food and wine, took us to lunch and dinner and generally poured on the hospitality.  It was refreshing to be off the boat for a few days after over a week on the moorings, and we got to see some of the improvements they made last year to their house, namely installing a beautiful new flagstone patio with pool and hot tub.

One of the main topics of conversation was the wedding next year of our son, Andy, to his longtime girlfriend and of their daughter, Alex, to her longtime boyfriend.  Andy’s wedding will be in May in Philadelphia, and Al’s wedding will be in August on the Cape.  Catherine and Gary have been checking out wedding venues on the Cape, so on Thursday night we had dinner at Wequassett Resort, one of the candidates.  The resort has several terraces overlooking Pleasant Bay.  We were seated on one for dinner, which was excellent.  But as day turned into night I felt something in my hair.  It was some kind of beetle, which I shooed away.  Then there was another.  This time, as I shooed it away, the beetle fell inside the back of my shirt.  Trying to get it out, I broke the beetle into several parts.  Ugh!  I was able to get the pieces out.  Then a few minutes later there was another beetle in the sleeve of my shirt.  That was it.  I went into the bathroom, took off my shirt and thoroughly shook it out.  I was ready to leave.

Beetles aside, our time on the Cape was very relaxing.  Thursday we took Catherine and Gary out on the boat for a short ride since they had never been on board except at the dock.  We were a little nervous about this because Gary gets sea sick and Thursday was a little blustery and bumpy just outside the Hyannis harbor.  But they loved it, even the spray off the bow.  Friday we did a few errands, had a great lunch at another resort called Ocean Edge, and then headed back to the boat Friday evening for an early departure Saturday morning.  Destination: Stonington, CT.

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