point can be a real washing
machine with the current
against the wind
. Give it lots of room. The rhumb line to Wood End will keep you two miles off. If itís wind
against tide stay about 4-5 miles off Race
Point for more comfort. Check Eldridgeís for the current
turn. I think itís in there. If you are sailing in the area you want that yellow book aboard. Buying
a copy is part of the spring ritual around here.
When you get to G1 off Wood End itís a hard left turn to the NE towards Long Point. About a two mile leg. The popular mistake is to drift off to port of the rhumb line and bounce off the sandy beach. Stay in at least 20 feet of water
and youíll be ok. It shoals quickly if you are beating up that line in the middle of the night.
After G3 another hard turn to port, this time to the northwest, will have you aimed at Flyers. Plenty of time to drop the sails
and put the boat away as you near the mooring
field in good water
The breakwater can be tough to see from G3 especially at night.
The harbor and approach are well marked and well lit. Race Point, Wood End, G1, Long Point, G3, and especially the Pilgrim Tower are all hard to miss.
, and if there are summer thundershowers they often lose oomph across Mass Bay.
You can also get to the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank for great fishing
and whale watching on your way home.
Iíve done that trip a lot as there is a popular race from Marblehead to Ptown by way of Thieves Ledge.