The ship's blog for SV Nelleke out of Shelburne, NS

25 June 2017 | Port Washington, NY
24 June 2017 | Port Washington NY
23 June 2017 | Port Washington Town Mooring Field
22 June 2017 | Sandy Hook, NJ
21 June 2017 | Cape May NJ
20 June 2017 | Bohemia River
20 June 2017 | Bohemia River
19 June 2017 | Annapolis MD
18 June 2017 | Annapolis MD
17 June 2017 | Annapolis MD
14 June 2017 | Solomon Island
13 June 2017 | Deltaville VA
12 June 2017 | Great Bridge VA
11 June 2017 | Great Bridge VA
10 June 2017 | Atlantic Yacht Basin Marina, Great Bridge VA
09 June 2017 | Great Bridge, VA
08 June 2017 | Alligator River Marina, NC
07 June 2017 | Alligator River Marina, NC
06 June 2017 | Alligator River Marina NC

Getting ready to head up the Sound

25 June 2017 | Port Washington, NY
Sunday morning and we did our normal mooring curtain twitching to see who had arrived after dark and who had left early this morning. I would have thought this place would have had a waiting list for moorings, I mean after all they are free for two days but when we hit the bunks last night there were still a couple available. Granted they had the bridles missing but we saw other folks come in and put their own lines through the thimbles and hunker down for the night. Plus you don't know until you get here that the moorings left are the ones without bridles. We did notice that some folks came in for the day and then left before dark to return home. There is a very active boating community on Long Island Sound and I suspect that this is a weekend destination for boaters from other nearby marinas and yacht clubs. Some of those clubs are quite formal. There is a large Benateau right next to us in one of the yacht clubs mooring fields and we noticed that when their tender picked up the owner and crew the coxswain of the tender immediately changed the club burgee on the bow from the regular ones to one with two stars on it, which I would guess that means that he now had the Rear Commodore aboard. He must have a collection of those flags in a flag locker to be able to fly the right one when he picks up a club flag officer.

We did the first parade for tomorrow's departure this morning and took down our No 3 jib and replaced it with the No 4. Before we leave the mooring tomorrow I plan to raise the main with the first reef already in. I don't think the weather will be bad at all but since we are going to do another overnighter and with only the two of us aboard I don't want to be dancing about on the deck trying to put a tuck in during the night. If the winds are really light we will try out our asymmetrical.

One of the nice things about being out at the mooring is to watch all the families out on their boats, both locals and transients, with children of all ages having a good time on the boats and in the water. It's great!

We made two trips into town today, the first to visit the bookshop so Barb could buy some goodies and to a Mediterranean restaurant that we had been to before for lunch. The food there was great but the ambiance was very loud and I am so glad we live in a small town. I love to visit this place but I'm not sure that I could live here. And then the second time after dinner we went in for cocktails at one of the dockside restaurants.

One other thing. We have seen exactly one SeaDo since we came here which is wonderful and even that was moving at idle speed. The Harbour Police must be very much respected as I have not seen even one boat of any kind speed through the mooring field. Other mooring fields and anchorages on this and other trips have been spoiled somewhat by small boats and personal watercraft zipping around creating wakes and dangers. Not here!

The pleasant joys of Port Washington

24 June 2017 | Port Washington NY
Mike/ sunny and windy

A good night's sleep on a secure mooring. One of life's under-rated pleasures.

There is another tornado warning for the area so we are keeping our eyes peeled. In the morning it's raining and overcast but almost no wind at all so I'm not sure what to make of the predictions. On a really plus note the long range forecast has Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as a good window to cross the Gulf of Maine which means we have to be at Cape Cod by Wednesday AM. This should be doable with either three day time jumps starting on Sunday, or one overnighter beginning Monday morning having us arrive at the west end of the canal on Tuesday AM. We could then tuck into Onset for fuel and water and go through the canal at the first opportunity for a favourable current. The choice will be dependant upon the weather for the trip up Long Island Sound. As of right now it looks like Sunday night there will be a moderate blow (20-30kts) out of the W-WSW) during the night. I'm sure there are a number of anchorages along the way that would suit us for those conditions but only one or two that we have actual experience with and those aren't far enough along from where we are here in Port Washington to make them attractive options. I am leaning toward an overnight run beginning on Monday morning. The first time I transited the Sound was way back in 1980 when I did it with a Tancook Island Schooner that I had built and a crew of misfits that I had gathered in a town called Nyack on the Hudson. By misfits I don't mean anything negative, rather just that they had little or no experience but were chock full of enthusiasm and interest. I did it then and I'm sure I can do it now with the experienced and enthusiastic Admiral at my side.

In either case our plans are to stay here in Port Washington until we depart and to stage for the Gulf crossing at Onset.

And speaking of the Admiral, being the project manager that she is, she has been making up a spreadsheet of projects for Nelleke that is beginning to take on the proportions of a best selling novel. Our work over the next 18 months is cut out for us.

I didn't realize that the Manhasset Bay has a pump out service that is free to anyone who asks, so we asked, and a very pleasant fellow came out and removed "cargo". That's the smart way to get people to use the holding tanks and pump out properly rather that doing a stealth pump out at night with your macerator pump. If it's free why wouldn't people use it.

We took the water taxi into town and shopped at the local Farmer's Market which was being run right at the town dock and then poked around in a bookstore/cafe before wandering down the road to the grocery store to do what we hope will be our final re-provisioning for this trip. The walk took a lot longer than expected since we kept bumping into people who wanted to chat. We have found that asking folks if we can say hi to their dog is a great way to meet people and today was no exception. We bumped into one couple who lived here in town but had been all over Canada including Halifax and Baddeck and were looking forward to coming back again. Then, walking a little farther down the road we met the Mayor who was full of smiles and politico gladhanding. We made sure he realized we were visitors and that we really appreciated the effort that the town was making for cruisers.

Getting back to the boat was more of an adventure that leaving as the wind had picked up considerably. However, the skill of the fellow operating the water taxi was more than up to the task and we, plus all of our purchases, were safely aboard. This is a situation that we really appreciate something like the water taxi as it would have been a wet trip in the dingy.

Then Barb and I got busy and pulled up the floorboards near the forward staircase from the pilot house down into the forward cabins so I could get at the hoses for the holding tank. For the last couple of weeks there has been a faint but noticeable "Eau de digestive Turney" wafting out. I discovered that a couple of the hose clamps were slightly loose, by which I mean that I could put the screwdriver on them and get a turn or two. There were no obvious leaks but maybe they were loose enough to let out a little pong.

As I thumb this we are enjoying a well earned beer each and relaxing before I get the BBQ cranked up for a steak we bought today.

Back in Port Washington

23 June 2017 | Port Washington Town Mooring Field
Mike tired

We're here on a nice mooring in Port Washington NY. If you've never been here you really should make plans. They GET it. By it I mean the benefits of the Cruising tourist. Here, the first two days on the mooring are free. That's right! Free! How often do you hear that? They have a water taxi that they will charge you to use while you are on a free mooring, or, you can pay $25/day and get the water taxi for free. Since we got in later in the day at 16h30 we decided to take a free day and stay aboard and then pay for tomorrow and go into town aboard the taxi. Port Washington itself has a lot of offer - library, restaurants, cafes etc. And if you want to get into the city there is a railway hub in the centre of town.

Last nights stay at Sandy Hook was great. The holding was excellent and we slept well so no complaints. I think we will make that a regular stop going north or south.

Then this morning yours truest got itchy feet. I didn't want to hang around and wanted to make sure that we got to The Battery without missing the tide. Of course, the whole business was 180 degrees out of phase and we did the transit a max ebb! No fun, but Nelleke and Yoki pulled us through. We even had to dodge a sea plane taking off right down our noses!

Anyway. I'm tired. That's all for today.
Vessel Name: Nelleke
Vessel Make/Model: Moody 42 PH Ketch
Hailing Port: SHYC, Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Crew: Mike and Barb
Mike is a retired Candian Forces Army officer who has been dreaming of the cruising lifestyle and visiting new and distant places for years. We started in 2008 with a real shakedown trip to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the ICW. [...]
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Nelleke's Photos - S/V NELLEKE (Main)
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Top Album for the trip to bring Nelleke home during spring and early summer of 2017
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Created 30 April 2017
Main Album for our winter cruise
1 Photo | 4 Sub-Albums
Created 11 September 2014
An album of photos to keep our spirits up during our enforced tenure on dry and hard bits
1 Photo | 10 Sub-Albums
Created 9 August 2011
A photographic account of our reclamation of Nelleke and trip north to Halifax
1 Photo | 15 Sub-Albums
Created 15 March 2011
Photos from our cruise over the 2009 - 2010 period
1 Photo | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 16 October 2009
Gallery of Photos of our summer stay in Halifax
23 Photos | 8 Sub-Albums
Created 3 June 2009
A Holding Album for Arts and Crafts folders
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 15 January 2009
A General Cover Album for Our Trip South in 2008/09
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Created 8 September 2008
Photos from Dave Ireland, Marc Cayouette, Amy Mulnix and Mike and Barb Turney
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Created 25 July 2008
Photos of NELLEKE;s crew training at sea for the race.
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Created 13 June 2008
Liferaft and Abondon Ship Training for Offshore Survival
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Created 3 June 2008
A few photos of 5 May and NELLEKE's launch
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Created 7 May 2008
A few of the photos taken during NELLEKE's participation in MHOR 2007
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Created 7 December 2007
This album contins selected photos of our cruise to the Maggies with side trips to Wolfe Island, Liscomb, Port Hawksbury, Cheticamp, Canso and Sherbrooke
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Created 7 December 2007
An introduction to the crew of SV NELLEKE
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Created 3 December 2007
I include these photos to give the reader a flavour of what life is like aboard Nelleke
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Created 3 December 2007
Photos form the successfull RHSP race
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Created 30 November 2007
Some pictures from our sharedown cruise to the South Shore of Nova Scotia
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Created 26 November 2007