In 1974 I was on the Around the Island Race
on my Dad's Pearson
36, Mountain Lion Eater. As was often the case with that race
, there was no wind
, and it was thick afog. We rounded Cape Pogue, and then just sat, and sat, and sat...finally making it south (navigationally) of Chappaquiddick Island that evening ( we could barely see the bow). After more hours with no breeze, we finally determined that there was no hope, and scrubbed the race. After we had turned on the "bag of hammers", I went below into the forepeak and collapsed...and suddenly awoke with the boat on her beam ends, pounding. We had found Wasque Shoal. Fortunately, the Coast Guard was able to get us off, with no harm done ( although the Navigator learned an interesting lesson about "navigational" dead reckoning...always know where the hell you started when you're going someplace!). So...in my view, keep Martha's Vineyard
to starboard on the northbound part of your trip, and you'll be a lot better off!