There are plenty of ports all over the world with crazy weather, but I can state categorically that Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound represent a unique climate challenge that one seldom finds anywhere else in New England. Growing up on Buzzards Bay and boating in our 12′ dory or the 15′ Thunderbird, we simply “toughed it up” and slogged through whatever the bay threw our … Continue reading You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way The Wind Blows!
Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall You’ve seen it all, you’ve seen it all Watched the men who rode you Switch from sails to steam In your belly you hold the treasures few have ever seen Most of them dream, most of them dreams A Pirate Looks At Forty Jimmy Buffett … Continue reading The Sound of Music… at Sea!
Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. Not only is it the celebration of the coming of Christ and the promise of salvation for all, but I also love that everyone slows down, spends time with family, and everyday life stops for a while. Tonight is New Years Eve and the end of 2017. Although we’ll miss her, the arrival of the new year … Continue reading My Top Ten Salute to 2017!
I’m back in California for the winter and I already miss Buzzards Bay. It’s in the eighties out here, so it feels like July and time to go boating. I have already found myself looking back at some of the stories from last season and thought you might feel the same. As the season went along, I started doing more videos and even created a … Continue reading 2017 Video Collection
When I’m not busy skippering Vigilant or telling stories on My Buzzards Bay, I also dabble in music. For years it been covering popular songs. I learned a while back that people love to hear me perform songs they know. They can sing along and I also find that they subconsciously “hear” the other instruments in the original — even if it’s just me and … Continue reading A Prayer For The Cove
All good things must come to an end and so it goes for our 2017 season on our new Back Cove 41 Vigilant. She was Christened on April 24 which means she’s been in the water almost 6 months. We put 125 hours on her this summer and somewhere around 2,000 miles. Final Friday We leave our beach house for the winter on Sunday … Continue reading Final Cruise of 2017 – Fisherman’s View Restaurant
I admit it, Mrs. Horne and I have been working hard to make up for lost time on Vigilant due to the wave of hurricanes that messed up the second half of September. Last week we ended up spending 3 days in Vineyard Haven thanks to some pea soup fog. This week we threw together a last minute overnight cruise to Newport with our #1 … Continue reading Benjamin’s – Newport Rhode Island
Mrs. Horne’s sister Paula and 5 of her girlfriends came to visit this weekend to celebrate her birthday on Buzzards Bay. Many of them had never been to Martha’s Vineyard so we were planning on taking them to Edgartown on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was another one of those weekends with a rainy Saturday! Sunday looked like it would be a much nicer day so I … Continue reading The Copper Wok Saves Breakfast
Our quick overnight trip to Oak Bluffs became an adventure when we woke up Wednesday morning to near zero visibility in the fog. I was hoping it would burn off like it did on Tuesday but it looked darker. Still, it was a little erie and beautiful at the same time. Dock Building in the Fog Oak Bluffs seems to have become a major recipient … Continue reading Fogged In On Martha’s Vineyard
After cancelling a couple of trips early this month due to nearby hurricanes, Mrs. Horne and I decided to take a spur of the moment overnight cruise on Tuesday. She was arriving that morning after caring for her dear mother Doris and I had no idea exactly where we were going until she arrived. I was determined to go somewhere we hadn’t visited this summer … Continue reading Oak Bluffs – An Ideal Autumn Destination
I’m just sitting here today waiting for Mrs. Horne to return from San Diego and waiting for Jose. We were planning to visit Nantucket starting Wednesday, but that idea is just a distant memory. I spent Monday morning bringing in all the outside furniture. If anything truly interesting happens I’ll head out around Mattapoisett and grab some photos or video. Meanwhile it’s hard to believe … Continue reading Waiting for Jose
Mrs. Horne is in San Diego celebrating our grandson’s 3rd birthday so I invited my favorite crew members Rudy and Peter down for a boys weekend on Buzzards Bay. The forecast was good, but we woke up to pea soup fog. My weather app said it would burn off by 8:00 so we stayed with the plan to go to Martha’s Vineyard. MBY owner Dave … Continue reading Boys Day Out
As you know, I’m a huge fan of F/V (that’s how the Fisherman’s View refers to themselves). I love the ride up the canal, I love the indoor water view, and I love the food. Speaking of food, here’s a review I did a while back. Saturday I took Mrs. Horne and six of her childhood friends out for the day and lunch at the … Continue reading September At Fisherman’s View
Monday was a beautiful day. Since we canceled the trip to Boothbay, the next leg of our journey was just 20 miles down the coast to Newburyport, which meant we’d finally have a liesurely day. We went out for breakfast back at Salt and enjoyed some outstanding food. Tour of Portsmouth Harbor After adding 100 gallons of diesel at Wentworth, we headed up the … Continue reading Mrs. Horne Sees Maine!
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 … Continue reading The District Restaurant and Portsmouth NH
We visited Boston for the first time in Vigilant Saturday and actually got here from Plymouth around 11:30. It was a very smooth ride and we really enjoyed the views of Boston from the waterfront. Like all good tourists, we herded into Fanuiel Hall Marketplace with the crowd looking for lunch. I pulled up yelp looking for a decent place to eat, but found none. … Continue reading Dick’s Last Resort – Yep…
Truth be told, it occurred to me a few weeks ago that our 5 night trip to Boothbay Maine was fraught with risk. It involved three 80 mile legs. No problem with mimimal waves, but how often do we see 6 days of minimal waves along the northeast coast of New England? The funny thing is that the marine forecast was showing just that up … Continue reading What are we doing in Plymouth?
I first met Rebecca Correia while performing at Turks in 2011. Even back then I knew she had a special sound that was rare among local performers. I snapped a photo of her performing, shared it on her Facebook wall, and we’ve been “friends” ever since. Last night I had the good fortune of participating in a workshop Rebecca hosted for a half a dozen … Continue reading A Perfect Song for Buzzards Bay – Solid Ground by Rebecca Correia
Last Sunday we headed out again with Kay and Steve on their final day visiting Buzzards Bay. For years we vacationed in Maui with the Kings and my plan was to rekindle that tropical vibe by making everyone lunch off the Weepecket Islands. We got there in 30 short minutes, dropped anchor, and started taking in the beautiful day. I was about to start grilling … Continue reading Sunday at Hadleys
Our dear friends Kay and Steve came to visit Thursday morning. When I say morning, I mean 4:38 AM touchdown at Boston Logan! My red eye days have come and gone, but they’re still world travellers so they didn’t think anything of it. The original plan was to enjoy a liesurely day at Peases Point and then head over to Newport for Friday night. If … Continue reading A Newport Thursday