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!
More Island time ...Markus
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).
The windvane is up again!Markus
20-Sep-2011, Newport, Rhode Island
Almost forgot to mention: The new Hydrovane seems to proof a worthy successor to our old Windpilot self-steering. Have used it on a close reach/close hauled towards Gloucester and down-wind and broad reaching towards Cuttyhunk and Newport. Very satisfied so far. Now we have to see how it copes with bigger seas (where the Windpilot struggled)...
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