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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
The ice is melting...
05-Oct-2011, Annapolis, MD

We legged it from Cape May and after a wet, cold and bumpy but fast sail up the Delaware Bay, we went through the Chesapeake-Delaware Channel and - with two over night stops en route - arrived in Annapolis yesterday afternoon. Yesterday started out slow and windless but then the forecasted gusty NW @20kn filled in and we had a beautiful sail for the last stretch to Annapolis. We love it here - tucked away at a town mooring with lots of boats and green lawns around, plus easy accessibility to town and the boat show that will start on Thursday. The even better news is: The "freezing" (5-10°C) temperatures of the last few days (see picture above from sail up the Delaware Bay last Sunday) are over and we're now back in shorts under sunny skies. It got to that critical point where the beer actually got warmer in the bilge than on the shelf because water temperature was significantly higher than air temperature. Alcoholic equilibrium has now been restored...

We plan to stay here until Monday, hopefully with a chance to meet up with Bill, Bonnie and Phoebe over the weekend. Stay tuned...

06 - US East Coast Southbound
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

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