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Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
Westbound Rendezvous Flotilla to Bristol

Wednesday, July 30th

Current as of: 2 June 2003

Elizabeth Islands, MA

Click on chart thumbnail for details.


Cuttyhunk Itinerary:




We will be meeting in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 30th and, if conditions allow, forming a raft-up in Cuttyhunk Harbor, between Cuttyhunk Island, MA and Canapitsit Channel in the area outside the Frog Pond Marine Moorings between R"6" Bell and GC"5". This area is indicated on the chart facsimile above.

Cuttyhunk Harbor is approximately 3.5 nm from Quicks Hole, 6 nm across Buzzards Bay from New Bedford, and 7.5 nm from Menemsha Bight on Martha's Vineyard.

From the north it is best to approach Cuttyhunk from the east. Steer toward Mo(A) Bell RW "CH", SE of Penikese Island, then cut between RN "2E" and GC "1E" into the harbor. From the east or south via Vineyard Sound, head into Buzzards Bay via Quicks Hole between Nashawena and Pasque Islands.

DO NOT use Canapitsit Channel, which separates Cuttyhunk from Nashawena Island, without local knowledge. The channel is narrow, rocky and subject to stong currents making the passage dangerous.


Cuttyhunk is the southernmost island in the Elizabeth Islands chain. The Harbor lies between Cuttyhunk and Nashawena Island to the east. To the west of the harbor there's a narrow dredged channel that leads to the deep water basin of Cuttyhunk Pond.

If we cannot raft-up in the harbor, please try to anchor in the same general area. The largest vessel will become the "host" vessel and crews should congregate aboard that vessel. Please bring snacks and beverages with you to share with the other crews.

Mean tidal range is 3.4 feet.

Please monitor VHF Channel 16 and switch to 72 for fleet communications.

Also, moorings are available in the Harbor from Frog Pond Marine Moorings (508-992-7530, VHF Ch. 72) and Jenkins Moorings (508-996-9294, VHF Ch. 9). Both of these mooring fields are located in Cuttyhunk Harbor northeast of the island. If you'd rather seek shelter in protected Cuttyhunk Pond, moorings are available from the Town Wharf/Cuttyhunk Marina (508-990-7578, VHF Ch. 9/10).


About the Area:


Cuttyhunk is pleasantly quiet. The beaches are beautiful. And the fishing is great.

The name Cuttyhunk is derived from the Mohegan word "Poquetan'noc," which means "land opened or broken up." It is the most populated of the Elizabeth Islands, and the only one with a year-round community -- only a couple dozen people!

The main activities on the island are rest and relaxation. You can go for a swim at Barges Beach on Vineyard Sound or Churches Beach on Buzzards Bay. Both are within walking distance of the anchorage or you can stroll through town.

  Web Site Info:

Cuttyhunk, MA (courtesy of the Buzzards Bay Home Page)

Town of Gosnold Information

Tide Table for Cuttyhunk Pond Entrance (courtesy of


Cape Dory owners are invited to join the flotilla anywhere along the route. Sail with us the whole way or just for a couple of days -- whatever suits your schedule.

Register Now!
Please download and print one of the following registration forms.:
Microsoft Word (44 KB) or PDF (14 KB)

Please mail your registration by July 1st.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Diana Paquette, 508-728-2958 or at or Michael Heintz, 203-838-7599 or at

Please check this page often as we will include more information as it becomes available.

  Please see the "Events" page for the current Northeast Fleet Rendezvous agenda.
  For information on becoming part of the NE Fleet see the "Fleet Information." 

This page was last revised: 11 July 2004

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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