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The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Arrival in Cape May - Drenched but happy
Nana & Markus
30-Sep-2011, Cape May, NJ

We slipped our mooring at the 79th St Boat Basin at noon on Wednesday, sailed out under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and "turned right" towards Cape May where we arrived Thursday afternoon. After a very bumpy ride out of New York with wind against tide things settled down a bit once we were south of Sandy Hook. We had a nice close hauled sail through the night but then got drenched in a series of showers and thunderstorms that accompanied a passing cold front on Thursday morning. In any case, we are now happily anchored in Cape May Harbor where it seems we now got a second lease on summer. Feels like another little milestone (we're now below 39°N!). We'll stay here for a few days before heading up the Delaware Bay into the Chesapeake.

The video below was taken just before night fall on Wednesday after we had left New York. We have also added some pictures to the Photo Gallery (see link to right) in the "Maine Shakedown Cruise" album and a new "US East Coast Southbound" album.

06 - US East Coast Southbound
New York!
24-Sep-2011, Manhattan, New York

Made it to New York this morning after an overnight motor sail from Block Island through the Long Island Sound. Timing worked out perfectly, catching the start of the flood current at The Race at the eastern end of the Sound yesterday afternoon, then arriving at the Throgs Neck Bridge just before sunrise at 6 am this morning and hitting the start of the ebb current through Hell Gate into the East River just after 8am. Had a beautiful trip down the East River, passing the UN building and under the Brooklyn Bridge, rounding The Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan and sailing out to Liberty Island before turning up into the Hudson. Picked up a mooring at the 79th St Boat Basin at 11 am (30% cheaper than a mooring on Peaks Island, ME!). Now looking forward to reuniting with family and friends in the City!

We also got very lucky with the weather. After motoring through dense fog from Block Island to the Sound and rain throughout the night when traversing the sound, we had a dry sunrise with partly sunny skies just as we passed under the Throgs Neck Bridge. The new radar proved its worth big time through the first portion of the trip in the fog!

Below a picture of Nana and Nicky with the Statue of Liberty in the background and a short video clip of Namani approaching the Brooklyn Bridge.

06 - US East Coast Southbound
More Island time ...
22-Sep-2011, Block Island, RI

... this time on Block Island, RI. Got here yesterday after a nice short sail down from Newport and were happy to see our friends ob and Maggie aboard Decoy again moored in Block Island's Great Salt Pond. Feels very different from Peaks Island (our universal reference for islands in the US) - bigger but fewer people and rolling hills with green pastures that almost look like a piece of Ireland. The picture above was taken in front of the island's Southeast Lighthouse that started operation in 1873. In the 1990s it was jacked up and moved 300 feet inland from its original location to escape coastal errosion. Plan to continue sailing towards New York tomorrow (Friday).

06 - US East Coast Southbound

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