Nantucket - here we come
Dear Virtual Voyagers,
It's 7 a.m. and I'm sitting in the pilot house of Three@Sea as she is moored just off the shores of Cuttyhunk Island. The golden light of sunrise is washing across the gray weathered clapboard houses of Cuttyhunk, and the world on this tiny island is beginning to stir. Three@Sea gently swings around the mooring ball so I am treated to a moving panoramic view of the island every thirty seconds or so. A woman perched on the bow of a sailboat next to us is enjoying her morning cup of coffee in peace, and a man is in a rowboat going ashore. And so goes life on Cuttyhunk.
Our cruise to this island on Saturday began in rain but it soon stopped and we traveled under gray skies. The early part of the trip was a smooth ride, but the seas slowly picked up and we rolled over two to four foot swells. While this may not sound like much (and in sea terms, it's not) try telling that to my stomach. As the crew of Three@Sea sat in the pilot house and enjoyed the ride, the crew of Atherton Pictures toughed it out in the back of the boat. We were pleased when Kathryn told us we had arrived and our stomachs rewarded us by settling down.
Sunday on Cuttyhunk was a magical day. Our first stop was at Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms where we met up with the owners Seth and Dorothy, and their employee Laura. They fitted us with waders and we ventured to the oyster beds on the west end of the island. Ayla jumped right in and helped harvest, sort, count and wash nearly 1,000 oysters - some of which are bound this morning for the Oyster Bar in New York City's Grand Central Station. After a quick shower to wash off the muck of the oyster beds, the Besemers joined locals for a traditional lobster bake where they were warmly welcomed by a lovely group including one woman whose family spans seven generations on the island.
The crew is currently prepping the boat for our departure for Nantucket. The seas are not promising a smooth ride but in seven hours it will be over and we'll be on terra firma! We have a busy couple of days ahead while the Besemers discover the charm and hidden stories of this centuries old whaling village.
Stay tuned for more tales of the seas...
Carolyn and the crews of Three@Sea and Atherton Pictures
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