Labor Day Weekend in Newport

For the past few years, we’ve spent Labor Day with Mrs. Horne’s family. Her brother Paul hosts a party and a “Washer’s” Tournament. Rudy and I don’t play Washers, but we do perform live music. In May, Mrs. Horne informed me that she wanted to try something different so I forked over $915 and booked Bowen’s Wharf in Newport for 4 days/3 nights. Our Initial … Continue reading Labor Day Weekend in Newport

The Royal Furs – Live at The Deck

I’m slowly getting out from under all the great live music videos I shot last weekend in Newport. I have already published videos on ANAMCARA and Justin Pomfret. Last Sunday The Deck was closed for a private party at lunch, but we went at 1:30 and caught a great new duet named The Royal Furs. I also shot a short clip of Sean shredding a sweet … Continue reading The Royal Furs – Live at The Deck

The Cliff Walk – Newport Rhode Island

We’re in Newport celebrating Labor Day. Rudy suggested we complete The Cliff Walk Saturday morning and since we were planning on eating well, the 5+ mile hike sounded like an excellent idea! We took uber to the entrance at Easton’s Beach (175 Memorial Boulevard if you want to the same). It was just 7 bucks. It was the Saturday of Labor Day weekend so it … Continue reading The Cliff Walk – Newport Rhode Island

ANAMCARA – Live at The Deck

This morning we hiked the entire 5 mile Cliff Walk around the Mansions of Newport (report to follow). We also walked back to downtown for a total of 7-8 miles and when the clock struck “5:00 Somewhere”, we stopped at The Deck for some Middletown Oysters and a couple of Boat Drinks. Much to our delight, the live entertainment was a group named ANAMCARA. They’re … Continue reading ANAMCARA – Live at The Deck

What are you doing this Labor Day weekend?

Pessimists call this weekend the “unofficial end of summer.” I call it the beginning of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Autumn boating! The marinas are suddenly less crowded, rates go down, and you can finally get a table in a nice restaurant without having to make a reservation a month in advance. To celebrate this wonderful season, we’ll be taking our #1 … Continue reading What are you doing this Labor Day weekend?

My Brother Mark’s Birthday Cruise

Someone once said “the only thing better than having a boat is having a friend who has a boat.” I’m not sure that’s really true, but when you consider all the money we spend fixing every little thing, the thousands of dollars we burn in fuel, and the hundreds of hours expended cleaning (cleaning the head), you have to admit boat ownership is a labor … Continue reading My Brother Mark’s Birthday Cruise

Understanding Cape Cod Canal Tidal Currents (with Daily Charts)

Dave Kaiser (owner – Mattapoisett Boat Yard) texted me Tuesday and asked me how to estimate the tidal currents in the Cape Cod Canal. I haven’t a clue, so I decided to research it and put it on My Buzzards Bay for anyone else looking for answers. An unfavorable tidal current isn’t a big deal for Vigilant. With our 715 HP Cummins, the only impact … Continue reading Understanding Cape Cod Canal Tidal Currents (with Daily Charts)

A Full Buzzards Bay Weekend!

Our winter home is on the PGA WEST Golf Course in La Quinta California. La Quinta is about 25 miles south of Palm Springs and not that easy to get to out of Boston Logan Airport. For that reason, we have very few neighbors in La Quinta from the Northeast. That said, the few we have are wonderful folks and this past weekend we all … Continue reading A Full Buzzards Bay Weekend!

Wrapping Up The Vigilant Southern NE Tour

After 4 great days on Block Island, we headed south for Vigilant’s first visit to New York and Montauk on Long Island. We stayed at The Montauk Marine Basin which is just south of Gosman’s as you enter the harbor. Once we tied up on their straight wharf, we headed over to The Clam and Chowder House at Salivars Dock (4 stars on Yelp). One … Continue reading Wrapping Up The Vigilant Southern NE Tour

Lynn’s Hula Hut and The Deep C Revival

We’re in Montauk New York and heading to Watch Hill Rhode Island today. Rather than give you a Ships Log report on our trip here, (I’ll roll it into tomorrow), I’ll just give you the highlight. Lynn’s Hula Hut We’re at The Montauk Marine Basin and right there in the parking lot is a great little Tiki Bar. The sign said live music and a … Continue reading Lynn’s Hula Hut and The Deep C Revival

Rainy Day in Paradise – SE NE Tour Day Three

Into each life some rain must fall… After two days at the beach, I was ready for a cloudy day. I got that and more. Mrs. Horne and I got our morning power walk in while it was still dry. It was crazy over in New Harbor thanks to a bicycle road race that closed down the only major intersection in that end of the … Continue reading Rainy Day in Paradise – SE NE Tour Day Three

Southern New England Tour – Day One

As we were plowing through the occasional 10 foot rolling wave several miles off the Rhode Island coast yesterday morning, I said to Rudy… “Back in the Mean Kitty days, I’d ask myself if the seas were going to be calm enough to go out today.” “Now I ask myself if there is anything that’s too much for Vigilant to handle.” Our destination was Block … Continue reading Southern New England Tour – Day One

Rhody Trip – Day Two

Despite the forecast of clouds and occasional rain, we woke up to sun and warmth on Block Island. Peter and I enjoyed our morning coffee al fresco while the ladies slept in. Last Sunday at the Church In The Pines, Pastor Joel asked me about “the old Church on the hill” on Block Island so we headed out to snap some photos. It’s called The … Continue reading Rhody Trip – Day Two

Quick Trip to Rhody – Day One

Our original plan was to leave Thursday for Block Island with Peter and Mary Lee. They had never been to BI and I was anxious to show it to them. But alas, NOAA was forecasting 30 knot winds and tropical downpours, so we postponed our departure until Friday. By 3:00 Thursday it had cleared up enough that we could have gone, but alas… Friday Morning … Continue reading Quick Trip to Rhody – Day One

Gunkholes, Rafting and the MBY Crew..

After Friday’s big gunkhole with about 35 of our closest friends from the Bay Club rafting at Lake Tashmoo, Mrs. Horne and I needed a quiet day on Vigilant to just chill. With little deliberation, we concluded Steamers at The Chartroom and a few hours on the hook inside Basset’s was just what the doctor ordered! Wanting to avoid having to go to a mooring … Continue reading Gunkholes, Rafting and the MBY Crew..