On July 19th we departed Woods Hole, passed through the Cape Cod Canal and sailed to Wellfleet to visit with Bonni’s relatives. Contrary to the guidance in our Waterways guide book, Wellfleet was not a good harbor for us. It is in desperate need of dredging and the mooring field was inadequate for our boat. After asking me about our draft the harbormaster had assigned us to buoy #1 and when we got situated on our mooring the wind was blowing pretty hard. Bonni did a great job snagging the pennant but noted that she thought we were a bit close to the neighboring boat. Since the harbormaster was gone for the night it wasn’t possible to ask further questions about swing room, depth etc. At about 0115 I heard a bang and hustled out on deck to find that the neighboring fish boat (a small Grady White) was banging into our boat. I also noticed that there was very little water in the harbor…like it was dry 20′ feet away from us! We spent the remainder of the night on deck fending off the Grady White and monitoring our depth. Not fun. (We did not anchor as the anchorage was outside the breakwater and partially exposed especially if there was a change in wind direction.)
we left Wellfleet in the morning on the rising tide and due to lack of wind motored to P-town. The harbor doesn’t allow anchoring so we took a mooring buoy at Flyer’s. This is a very friendly facility with well maintained equipment and a great Scottish-born manager Malcolm. We have been very satisfied with our stay here.
We have done a fair amount of sightseeing here. Bonni and I rode our bikes about 15 miles and did some exploring and on another day took the boat out around the “hook” part of the cape and were lucky enough to see some Minke whales. Bonni’s relatives were with us and we all had a great time which included some swimming off the boat. We also climbed the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, which was built between 1907 and 1910, to commemorate the first landfall of the Pilgrims in 1620, and the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor. This 252-foot-7.5-inch-tall campanile is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States, and is part of the Provincetown Historic District. The view from the top was impressive and the related museum at the base was very well done. We ended the day with a trip to Wellfleet proper and a seafood dinner at the summer home of the cousins.
Tomorrow is supposed to be stormy so we’ll spend another day here then head to Plymouth on Tuesday.