August 16, 2008
Date: Sunday, August 17, 2008
Gooseberry Island, Westport MA
to arrive by 8-8:30am for best parking
Wind & weather permitting, we leave the beach at 10am
This is Fleet 448’s premier event of the season. John Smith has
been running our Island Hop for years. We will have anywhere from 15 to
25 boats depending on the forecast. So weather permitting, we are off
to Cuttyhunk and beyond. Sometimes over to the Vineyard, sometimes up
the Elizabeth Islands to Quick’s Hole or Tarpaulin Cove. Might be
a 6-mile sail each way, might be 15. One group usually heads out past
our first stop at Cuttyhunk, others turn back and return directly from
Cuttyhunk. The itinerary will be set that morning based on current wind
and weather predictions.
We try to pair up boats who are not familiar with the area with a boat
that is, just in case the weather deteriorates during the day. Have a
GPS or VHF radio? Bring it along. Bring something to drink and a sandwich
or some snacks for the sail, extra spraysuits or gear if you have it,
and probably something warm to put on when we get back to the beach. Not
sure about sailing that far? You can certainly come and sail off the Gooseberry
Neck beach for the day.
As always, a 448 feast on the beach when we get back. John always treats
us to his “special” menu, including linguica and chourizo
patties on the grill and fresh picked corn on the cob. Ok, we will have
burgers and dogs too for those less adventurous types.
448 Members $ 5.00 per person
information, call John Smith at 508-636-8210
Rt 95 East, if coming from RI. Exit 10 South—Rt 88 is just past
Fall River. Follow Rt 88 for about 10 miles to the end of the road. Turn
right and follow road across the causeway to Gooseberry Island.