|A passage through Quicks Hole, between Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay, takes you along the low-lying sandy shore of Nashawena Island. Look closely and you're apt to find cattle sunning themselves.|
Clear of the islands, we decided that since we still had the engine and main, it would be best to motorsail straight to Narragansett Bay while we had extra hands aboard. So we set off at a respectable 5 knots, the main trimmed tight and the engine turning over at a miserly 1,800 rpm. An hour later, though, the breeze began to build with determination, and with it, the waves. This knocked our speed down to 3 knots at best and set us some to leeward. By early afternoon, with the marker for the shallows surrounding the Hen and Chickens in sight and abeam, we were pounding into sizeable swells and seeing frequent gusts into the high 20s. I recall looking around and thinking what our options might be if the sail, the engine — or both — decided to lay down on the job.