After having my dory for about 5 weeks I finally had a chance to row out to Block Island on Saturday. This has been something of a dream of mine for a while.
I caught an outgoing tide out of the Weekapaug breechway at 5:30am. At 6:10am I took some photos of the sunrise & my destination (see below). Shortly after I saw a school of small bluefin tuna crashing some baitfish, but by the time I rowed within casting distance they had disappeared . . . talk about fulfilling a dream!
Shortly after I discovered that I didn't properly fasten the cap on my water jug and every drop of my water was sloshing around in my hatch compartment. I thanked God I had an apple and it wasn't too hot of a morning. I ended up landing in New Harbor at 10:30am - I would have made it an hour earlier but because of the wind/tide (?) I overshot New Harbor and had to slog back to New Harbor from the North Light.
I made a bee-line for the Oar and promptly had several cups of water, a coffee, a cheeseburger, and a $1.00 draft of Pabst Blue Ribbon. I didn't really need the beer, but at that price I was tempted to re-fill by water jug with brew!
The row back was relatively uneventful. The seas were pretty rough for a while, but the wind was S/SW and I made it back in 4.5 hours. I calculated that the round-trip would have been around 28 miles if I went in a straight line, but I think it was closer to 30 miles after my navigational blunders on the way out.
I'm not posting this to brag because I certainly don't know squat about boats or rowing and I know people have rowed a lot further than this. But I wanted to share my experience with people who "get it" because most people look at me like I've just escaped a mental asylum when I talk about this stuff. Next year I think I'd like to try going from BI to Montauk and back in a day . . . but I'll need to make sure I screw the cap down tight on the water jug.