This is a lesson we learned today. DO NOT GO AGAINST THE TIDE.
We left Gloucester at 7:30 am so that we would have a favorable push through the Blynman Street Bridge (sometimes the current is 6 knts) and get through the commuer train bridge and the Route 128 Highway bridge. Got through all three with no problems.
The first two pictures were shot at sunrise today. One of the sky and one of the water around the boat.
So we were up at the end of the Annisquam River, and we decided to pick up a mooring and take the dinghy over to Windershek Beach(thrid picture). Joy and Sally used to go to this beach as kids. Had a nice 3 hour visit on the beach, just walking around and talking to people with dogs. I counted 8, Joy counted 11 or so. Everybody was really friendly and inerested in our trip.
After lunch we fired up the engine and headed to Newburyport. Took about 2.5 hours to get there.
When we got there it was 4 hours into a ebb tide, When we hit the harbor entrance, our speed over ground dropped to 2,5 knots. High Spirits can do 6.2 in flat even water.
We continued up the river with our speed slowly dropping and the current pushing us all over the place. At one time, the speed got down to 0.9 knots over ground. Almost standing still. It was a little tense to say the least. If it had gotten any lower, we would have turned around, shot back out into the Bay and anchored until the tide turned.
So what is the lesson learned here. ONLY ENTER OR EXIT NEW ENGLAND RIVERS WITH THE TIDE BEHIND YOU!!!
Newburyport is our second to last stop before hauling out. After this lobster party weekend, we may go to the Isles of Shoals, about 9 miles offshore. Then on to Kittery for winter storage.