We dropped the sails and motored into Edgartown Harbor, the east side of Martha's Vineyard. The anchorage was shaped by a large semi circle, surrounding beach exposed only to the north. As the sun was shining in a cloudless sky, the light breeze and sun warmed our skin. Once anchored, we put the dinghy in the water and headed for shore.
Entering the harbor
Edgartown lamp posts adorned with geraniums
The beach where "Jaws" was filmed
The old whaling church
Edgartown book store
As it turned out, the weather was in our favor and we could stay a few more days. The wind would be ideal for sailing on Monday morning. So we headed for the beach to play.
Perfect day to fly the shark kite!
It rained on Sunday morning....
What better to do than watch football on the computer - Go Lions!
We were very excited to learn that a family we had been in touch with only via e-mail (way back last year no less) was also in Edgartown. Finally, we would meet in person. We had practically followed in their footsteps, leapfrogging each other as we sailed New England and Maine. We made arrangements to meet at Mad Martha's ice cream shop (imagine that). The Conway family is also out for a 1 year sailing adventure. They have 3 kids aboard their sailing vessel 'Patronus'. It sort of felt like meeting up with old friends. Even though we had never met, we knew about them from following their blog (as noted in our blogs we follow section). The kids got acquainted while playing music on the jukebox while the grown ups talked about the trials and tribulations of the trip so far. We compared notes and talked about the future route we would each be taking as well as the health and well being of the kids, boat school, boat equipment and repairs. We had such a great time walking around the downtown area, the kids played in the rain and eventually we walked up to Atria for dinner to enjoy 2 for 1 burgers. Kate and Reese were like two peas in a pod, completely in sync with each other. Olivia and Porter were like old buddies walking side by side on the sidewalk. Maggie and Bryson, both the oldest, didn't let that stop them from playing and having a good time.
2 avid readers pose with the avid reader statue
Reese, Bryson, Kate, Maggie, Olivia and Porter
Playing on the tree swing at the restaurant
Walking through town
After dinner we walked back to the harbor to watch the annual striped bass and bluefish derby participants get their fish weighed. For 67 years this fishing derby has brought out the competitive nature of these friendly townspeople.
Young, old and everyone in between lining up to get the official weight of their catch
Fillet station: The dock is brought in special for this occasion. They cut the fish open to make sure that no weights or rocks etc. have been placed in the gut (which apparently happened a few years ago). The fish fillets are then donated to the islands elderly.
Olivia and Porter eyeing one of the 2 grand prizes (the other prize was a truck)
Erica Conway, me, Craig, Mary (Chris' stepmom) & Chris Conway
We had such fun meeting and getting to know the Conway family. We are excited and looking forward to seeing them again in Annapolis for the boat show (along with our other cruising friends on Escape Velocity) and then hopefully down in the Caribbean too!