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Short Visit to New York

21 May 2010 | New York, NY, USA
I've had no time to blog lately, because the sailing just got that busy. Also the Iridium satellite phone network apparently did a switch upgrade which had problems, so my email-at-sea connection has been and still is down.

After a short gale on the New Jersey coast, which kept me busy dodging fishing boats and wet from the many waves dumping aboard (the water is shallow, so the waves get high), the wind died out and I motored 40 miles to Gravesend Bay. There I anchored and slept for a few hours. The following day (yesterday), as the flood current started, a light wind came up and I sailed off the anchor in very pleasant conditions. The wind wasn't strong enough to take me all the way, so I motorsailed through the bay, and then sailed up the river, and anchored at 79 Street Boat Basin (they do not have moorings big enough for Issuma).

This morning I went through the US Customs & Border Protection entrance procedure at the Passenger Ship Terminal in Manhattan (it was too late to go there yesterday when I arrived), where the officers were very pleasant and helpful.

It's great to be back in New York, and it would be very nice to stay longer. My intentions are to buy a bunch of boat stuff here, make some repairs, take crew aboard and sail for Nova Scotia.
Vessel Name: Issuma
Vessel Make/Model: Damien II, 15m/50' steel staysail schooner with lifting keel
Extra: Designed for Antarctica. Built in France by META in 1981. Draft 1.3m/4.5' with keel up, 3.2m/10.5' with keel down. More details at
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