Sailing Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts

You might not think that sailing a three-ton center-board boat with 400 SQ FT of gaff -rigged sail would pull such minimal weather helm and take you across Buzzards Bay from South Dartmouth to Woods Hole swiftly under the graceful wind of a broad reach. Having owned and raced both Marshall Cats and Laser II, I’ll admit the fleet facility of the latter is breath-taking—if short-lived—but also confess that unwisely jibing and turtling your spinnaker into sea-anchor has limited charm. Whatever the boat, God provides the wind and you take care of the the rest  in a personal relationship with water, sails, sheets and tiller, and all changeable elements that take you sublimely out of your bondage of self. Read more of this in my new novel, Falcons and Seagulls, or selected stories, Last One Close the Gate.

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