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Summer Breezing

It took summer a long time to show up on the Cape and Islands this year. At our house in Centerville, we didn’t really get into the swing of life outdoors until Memorial Day. On the morning of the Barnstable Parade, which winds right past our house, we were still scrubbing the cobwebs off the lawn furniture. Even though I am writing this on a sunny June day, it is still cool here in the mornings—when we woke up it was 48 degrees out and the furnace came on. Still, the sun is shining and I know that by noon, Craigville Beach will fill with sunbathers.
As a child growing up in a Mount Hope Bay town called Touisset, one of our rites of summer was getting our sailboats ready for launching. My siblings and I would spend hours scraping, caulking, and sanding our Beetle Cat and sometimes helping Dad work on his Herreshoff 15. We lived on a long street beside the bay and when the boats were ready, neighbors and friends helped roll the boats into the water. That was when summer started for us, the beginning of long days, free on the boundless water. SusanSailboat_001 copy
Today, I love the sight of Beetle Cats—it seems every Cape and Islands harbor has a handful. Last summer, I was lucky enough to sail around the Opera House Cup off Nantucket and I will never forget my first sight of the Rainbow Fleet, the island’s cherished collection of Beetle Cats, each with its own brightly colored sail. Take a look at Terry Pommett’s splendid photos of the fleet in our Great Outdoors section. And if you get a chance, go see the fleet on parade.
We continue this issue’s Outdoor Living theme with Managing Editor Jeff Harder’s fascinating story on a professional surfboard shaper—a Cape Codder who is making waves around the world. And freelance writer Donna Scaglione shares some treasured Cape bike rides for cyclists who want to hit the road.
Wherever you find summer outdoors on the Cape and Islands, I am sure there will be days like this one, when you need to pull on an extra fleece to greet the sun warming chilly mornings on Cape Cod or burning the fog away on Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. That is why we love this place so—summer here is spectacular, yet fleeting, a gift of anticipation that keeps us warm all year-round.
And speaking of gifts, I hope you will enjoy my mother’s story about long-ago summer days on the Cape in our Pages of History section. She is the one who set my sails for loving life—and writing about it—on Cape Cod.
How great for all of us to be able to finally say . . .
Happy Summer!
Cheers, Susan Sig 7-08

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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