I woke up to our third day in Nantucket with absolutely no agenda. Sure, we’d kicked around a few ideas but nothing concrete. There was almost no wind so Vigilant rested perfectly still on the Straight Wharf and the girls slept in. A Fog Island Breakfast Isn’t San Francisco supposed to be Fog City? Who knows? But I do know the top rated breakfast on … Continue reading Things To Do In Nantucket
The list of destinations Vigilant has yet to visit got shorter yesterday with our Father’s Day 4-day weekend trip to Nantucket. All week long the local weather reporters were promising the best weather in years and when we woke up, it looked to be true. By the time I got on Mattapoisett Boat Yard launch to head out to bring Vigilant in for loading, the … Continue reading Getting to Nantucket
The season began today as Mrs. Horne, her sister Paula and I kicked things off with a little Dock and Dine. Considering that it snowed here 3 weeks ago, the temperature forecast was unbelievable – mid 70’s. Of course it’s May 2nd so the wind forecast was more typical for Buzzards Bay – light winds in the morning followed by a steady 20+ knot southwest … Continue reading First Cruise of 2018 – Back to the F/V
Mrs. Horne and I returned to Mattapoisett very late Sunday night and spent the week getting the house in order. Mrs. Horne did a great job touching up some of damage done by the four major northeaster’s and deserved a night out, so we hit up our favorite local spot. It turned out to be a promotional night for some new vodka (Ice Pik) and … Continue reading First Night Back At Turks!
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
The time is near to close up the beach house and head to our winter home in the desert of Southern California. We had planned to get in one more cruise over the weekend, stay at Bowens in Newport, and attend the Seafood Festival with our dear old friends Peter and Mary Lee. Once again, the lousy weather of the summer of 2017 appeared and … Continue reading The Final Weekend Tradition…
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
My father started taking me to the Boston boat show when I was 10 years old. It’s total eye candy for anyone and particularly for those of us who are blessed enough to own their own watercraft. I started going to The Newport Boat Show in the 1970’s with my good friend Peter. We were taking home $200/week, but dreaming was free! We were also … Continue reading My Newport Boat Show Report
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
Susan and I were married on August 16, 1980. Neither of us (or our parents) had a lot of money for a fancy wedding, let alone a honeymoon, so we had a modest wedding in my parents back yard and went on a low-budget honeymoon cruise in the Banana Split. We left on a Monday with a plan to stay in Padnaram the first night. … Continue reading Our Honeymoon Cruise
All good things come to an end! Our fabulous 6 day vacation on Block Island ended Wednesday. We awoke to “Sabre corner” with a beautiful 54 in the prime spot at Ballards Marina and a 42 tugged up next to Vigilant. We returned to Ernies for our last breakfast on the Island and everyone but Mrs. Horne feasted on their award winning Corned Beef Hash. … Continue reading Leaving Block Island
Day 4 turned out to be scooter day. Mrs. Horne says “they’re not scooters, they’re mopeds”. But I pointed out that they don’t have any pedals! Although Ballards Marina doesn’t have any of the typical marina facilities, they do have a car, scooter, and bike rental center. Breezy set us up and told me to “keep taking lefts and you’ll see the whole Island.” She … Continue reading Circumnavigating Block Island by Scooter!
Day 3 on Block Island began completely differently with brilliant sunshine. The near Gale winds from Saturday were fading and turning southeast. Before the ladies woke up, I grabbed the crew some blueberry muffins from Rebecca’s Take Out. For folks staying in Old Harbor on a boat, Rebecca’s is great. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner take-out at really good prices. After breakfast, Mrs. Horne … Continue reading A Day At Ballards Beach Block Island
In June of 2016, we were enjoying our first overnight weekend with Gail and Rudy. We were at the Newport Yachting Center (also for the first time), and out to breakfast at The Corner Cafe when I got this text from Joyce at BYS telling me about an incredible listing she just got for a 2015 Sabre 42. As I munched on my Portuguese egg … Continue reading Our Dream Boat Comes In; Vigilant (2017 Back Cove 41)