Sound Approach. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

November 17, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Plotting for offshore

Morning Departure Off Beavertail

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Morning Departure Off Beavertail 20221110 850_5654Morning Departure Off BeavertailA high-speed multihull design crew boat in the lower West Passage of Narragansett Bay off of Beavertail Lighthouse bound for the wind farm off Block Island on an early Autumn morning

Skimming down the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, an important spot is on the approach. Off Beavertail Light is the buoy that marks the line of demarcation between the bay and Rhode Island Sound. This is where observations change.

The early morning is cool and ideal as the sun illuminates the sky with pastels. South of Beavertail there is a chop developing atop the swells due to the breeze from the north. The tide is on the flood and the wind against the tide causes this condition.

With the chop developing, it is safest to plot toward the bell marker. Once the waves come, ease off to starboard and take the waves head on all the way to the tidal race off of Block Island. Once off "the Block" come into the lee of the island and continue to the wind farm.


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