As we were enjoying one more day on Cuttyhunk we were surprised to see another Manta Catamaran enter the pond. We soon realized it was Mattie & Ed Sears aboard Piscataqua. We first met Mattie and Ed in 2007 during the Manta Migration in the Abacos. They've been cruising for the past eleven years between Maine and the Bahamas so we were eager to pick their brains about favorite stops along the way. We all enjoyed dinner and (too much) wine aboard Carina that night. It turned out that we both had Onset, MA as our next planned destination. Mattie’s daughter works at a horse farm in Buzzard’s Bay and they were planning an extended stay there. Our plan was to stay in Onset for a few days to wait for a favorable weather before transiting Cape Cod Canal for a possible overnight to Maine..
We left Cuttyhunk on Thursday and had a nice casual sail up Buzzards Bay in light winds and calm seas. About half way to our destination we caught a 24” Bluefish. Believe it or not this is the first fish we ever landed and it was quite exciting. He was quickly dispatched with about 1/4 bottle of Jim Bean whiskey. It was the first thing available and although we probably over-did it he definitely went to fish heaven with a smile on his face. Next time we will be better prepared with a small squirt bottle of booze. Mark filleted him on the trampoline and he became a delicious dinner of bluefish au gratin.
Onset is a quaint village with many Victorian era and styled houses, similar to Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard or Cape May, NJ. It is located just off the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal so it’s a very convenient place for boats like us waiting to transit the canal. We planned to spend a few days in Onset to wait out some forecasted thunderstorms and favorable winds but it turned out to be four days.
We anchored off Wicket’s Island for the 1st two nights but on Saturday chose to rent a mooring ball from the nearby Point Independence Yacht Club. This allowed us use of their dinghy dock, laundry, Wi-Fi, trash disposal and fresh water. Mark was able to wash the boat and top off the diesel tank. Although we didn’t really need fuel we couldn’t pass up the very low price at their fuel dock.