Sunday called for a 65 mile run around Rockport with a 30 mile leg across open ocean.
This was to be the farthest I’ve ever taken Vigilant in a single day and the first open Ocean run in the North Atlantic, so we departed Boston around 8:30 AM which was early for Gail.
The first leg up the Massachusetts coast was about as smooth as you can get. We ran most of the way at 25 mph and the only challenge was dodging the sea of lobster pots.
After we passed Gloucester it started to get choppy and once we cleared the point at Rockport, we hit 3-4 footers for about 15 minutes.
Once we got out in the 250′ deep open ocean things settled down to 1-2 footers and we ran into Portsmouth in the low twenties.
Our home for the night was Wentworth By The Sea Marina. This is a really first class marina with a dockside restaurant and bar.
Technically it’s not Portsmouth, but rather New Castle. As we waited for an Uber ride into town, we met Officer Cody who was looking for a wild dog.
He did offer to drive us to town, but our uber car was right around the corner so we passed.
Right after Cody left, a guy drove up looking for the dog. Drew said she her name was Lulu and she wandered off often. Mrs. Horne got his cell number and promised to look for Lulu and text him if we found her.
Our uber driver Jay picked us up and we immediately spotted Lulu. I jumped out of the car and called her name. She stopped, looked at me, and then headed back down the hill to the marina.
Mrs. Horne texted Drew and since there were a few other people chasing Lulu, we continued to town.
Within 2 minutes, Drew texted Mrs. Horne that Lulu was safe and on her way home.
After checking out a few spots, we settled on The District. It was packed and had a 30 minute wait, which is always a good sign.
Mrs. Horne and Gail shopped and I headed for the bar seeking a cleansing ale.
The bartender Kim was very good and also quite friendly.
I ordered a fried chicken sandwich with local NewHampshire bacon and Gorgonzola dressing.
Once back on Vigilant we all helped Mrs. Horne clean the boat (her new afternoon routine)
Then. Rudy and I did a couple songs for the folks hanging out on the docks and after showers we headed for dinner at Salt Kitchen.
Today we start south again with Newburyport as our destination for the night. I’m hoping to run up the Maine coast after breakfast.