Fall Cruise Recap
Sunday, 13th of September 2020
I am writing to advise you of the safe return of the cruising fleet. The vessels Nirvana, Revel and Spirit departed at the appointed time of 1100 hours on Saturday 12th of September. Our destination was Padanaram Harbor. While there were concerns that our fleet might be a source of confusion for the start of the Round the Bay Race, our early departure and our appearance (dragging dinghies and carrying water toys) made it clear we were not racing today.
SailFlow predicted a 10 knot wind from the southeast; the actual winds were 15-20 knot southeast, … a downwind sail the entire way. Some of us lazy sailors chose to sail with just the main, other “real sailors” chose to sail wing-on-wing for the entire cruise. We all arrived within 4 hours of departure.
We enjoyed a fine dinner on the outside deck of the Sail Loft and took this time to enjoy a few good beverages and contemplate lessons learned from the inaugural season of Quissett Cruising. A few gems from that conversation: 1) Four cruises each season instead of three (one in June, July, August and September) 2) destination will not be announced in advance but rather will be determined by the interested cruisers the week of the cruise once the weather forecast is firmed up and 3) consider a long cruise to Maine summer of 2022.
With regard to our return to Quissett, SailFlow guidance was no wind until 2 pm. As we know, SailFlow is highly dependable with +/- 20 knot accuracy. Actual wind conditions on Sunday morning: 20-22 knots out of the southeast. So we close-hauled the entire way home, no better way to end the cruising season.
Theresa Wingrove, Cruise Director