brace rock calm water
brace rock breaking seas
Geoff Rand

Brace Cove is easy to overlook on the chart. It shows as a little blue dimple on the ocean side of Eastern Point, insignificant next to Gloucester and far less intricate than Thatcher, Milk, and the other islands to the north. But in the right weather it makes an attractive lunch stop for the sailor headed outside Cape Ann.

The cove offers adequate protection for most summer conditions, good swimming, and a view of the Atlantic over Brace Rock that can be striking. The ledges forming the mouth of the cove do very little to break the waves, so a leftover sea from any direction tends to find its way in.

If it's rolly outside, it's likely to be rolly inside as well. In a real easterly, Brace Cove is predictably wild.

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