West to the Vineyard
Listening to the weather forecast, we decided we should sail for Martha's Vineyard before the next frontal system swept in. Our passage was uneventful and pleasant enough. Knowing that Edgartown Harbor would be packed with moorings, we played it safe and carried on to anchor at the mouth of Katama Bay. The open views, warm water during the summer for swimming, and dinghy access to a landing on Katama Point, close to South Beach, make the bay a prime cruising stop. Perhaps too prime. Unfortunately, after our trip, in the spring of 2004, the bay was closed to all anchoring because of fear that pollution from recreational boats might harm the shellfishing industry there. The closure represents a big loss for cruisers, who now may anchor only in Edgartown's outer harbor.