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Cape Dory Sailboat Owners
Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
Westbound Rendezvous Flotilla to Bristol
Wednesday, July 30th
Current as of: 2 June 2003
Elizabeth Islands, MA
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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
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
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