August on Vineyard Sound is a busy time.
You can see all sizes of watercraft.
There are mini watercraft.
In addition to mini, there is mega.
Each August seems to bring us larger numbers of mega-yachts. There are some in Vineyard Haven harbor right now. One of them has its own helicopter, carefully wrapped in a red cover, parked on its own helipad, on the back of the boat.
Out on the Sound, there is a lot of Play going on.
There’s some Work going on, also.
Play and Work pass each other by…
Flashing blue lights in the distance? In the middle of the Sound? What’s going on?
A pair of jetskis in the middle of the Sound have gotten stopped by the Coast Guard. If I were the CG, I might give them a piece of my mind, and tell them to get back nearer shore, instead of risking their lives and the lives of others.
The blue lights approach us…
And now the ferry has a double escort, a Coast Guard boat on each side.
They are prepared for “eventualities”.
As we approach Woods Hole, they speed up, and shoo recreational craft to the side of the channel.
Yacht shooed, they rev the engine, and start to return to their position ahead of the ferry.
In five seconds, their boat is planing, and at speed.
What the heck level of horsepower is required for acceleration like that?
Eighteen minutes later, I was walking out of Woods Hole.
As I passed the Coast Guard harbor, there was our escort, returning to base.
Like our escort, the cutters are armed.
Should you be at sea, and the cutter wishes to hail you, there is only one proper answer.