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Rondout Lighthouse
Mon Oct 25 18:54:57 EDT 2010, Kingston, NY

The pretty lighthouse at Rondout Creek and Hudson River, marking the entrance to Kingston.

Wed Oct 20 18:53:36 EDT 2010, Haverstraw Bay, NY

It seems that anytime I want to go somewhere this fall there is a gale :). So it was when we left New York City, to head up the Hudson River to Stony Point. We left in the morning, expecting the gale to start that night, figuring we had enough time to anchor during daylight if we kept the speed up (we were going with the flood current and used the motor as well as tht sails).

My friend Michael was taking his sloop to Stony Point as well, so, to ensure he could get in and dock before dark, Issuma towed him,, as you can see in the picture. The Tappan Zee Bridge is in the background.

Issuma anchored and Michael docked before dark as planned. I set two anchors, the main anchor (Raya), and used the dinghy to set the 44lb Guardian/Fortress anchor in less than 2m of water. The Raya probably would have been enough on its own, but it was set in a small 10m patch, and if it dragged a short distance, the bottom dropped off steeply, and I was concerned we might get blown into the channel, so I wanted two anchors for the gale. The anchors held with no problems, only requiring moving the rope for the Guardian/Fortress anchor every change of tide to avoid chafing on the bowsprit.

Wed Oct 20 18:56:40 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
Many thanks to my friend from Nyack whose contact information I do not have.
Anchored in Hudson River
Thu Oct 14 13:42:19 EDT 2010

Issuma at anchor in the Hudson River.

Fri Oct 15 13:49:25 EDT 2010 | George Ray
At Anchor: What sort of bottom and what anchor do you have out?
Wed Oct 20 15:29:46 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
Soft mud bottom. I used the 88lb Raya and 60m chain (in 12-14m water). Dragged every change of tide and needed to be aboard to check for dragging whenever it was windy.
Halve Maen
Tue Oct 12 18:38:20 EDT 2010, New York, NY, USA

While Issuma was anchored in the Hudson River, off Manhattan's Upper West Side, this replica of the Halve Maen (Half Moon in English) sailed by.

The original Halve Maen was the first European ship to document entry into what is now called the Delaware Bay and River, and to explore the Hudson River as far as what is now Albany, NY.

Hudson River
Mon Oct 11 18:04:58 EDT 2010, New York, NY, USA

East River
Thu Oct 7 9:38:09 EDT 2010, East River, New York City, NY, USA

Fri Oct 8 8:24:49 EDT 2010 | georgelewisray
Where to next?
Sun Oct 10 12:24:47 EDT 2010 | Jesse
Great to see you last night, Issuma's looking terrific and so are you and crew. Thanks again for the hospitality and cockpit yarns. Adventurer/explorers such as yourself these days are simply far too few. Have a good trip north, and good times on that fine sailing vessel of yours. Smooth sailing in all things!
East River
Wed Oct 6 10:08:14 EDT 2010, East River, New York City, NY, USA

The approach to Hell Gate, an area of fast tidal currents and two 90 degree turns that is best passed through at slack water.

Wed Oct 6 11:26:58 EDT 2010 | Jay
Sorry to miss you in Labrador this summer. What a beautiful place, eh? We're in Hant's Harbour, NL over in Trinity Bay and plan to leave the boat here for the winter so we can be up here next summer for a longer cruise.
Be safe on the way south and fair winds.
Wed Oct 6 22:00:16 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
Thanks. Sorry to miss you in Labrador, it was a really beautiful place.

I looked into leaving the boat in Newfoundland for the winter, but have a bunch of stuff to do to it and decided it was better to stay aboard for the winter.
East River
Tue Oct 5 22:16:07 EDT 2010, East River, New York City, NY, USA

East River
Tue Oct 5 9:40:35 EDT 2010, East River, New York City, NY, USA

We had a pleasant motor thru the East River. The airplane in the picture is approaching the landing strip at La Guardia airport in Queens.

Tue Oct 5 14:40:53 EDT 2010 | Dan B
Farther from Nannuk Harbor, I believe they call them "runways". :-) Nice to see that you're in town! I looked towards Liberty Marina, but couldn't spot Issuma.
Tue Oct 5 22:05:13 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
I guess with the planes landing one minute apart you do need to call them runways :).

Issuma is currently anchored in the Hudson River around 100th street.
Tue Oct 5 23:44:43 EDT 2010 | bonnie
Welcome back!
Wed Oct 6 10:06:06 EDT 2010 | Richard Hudson
Thanks. It is nice to be back (even if only for a short time).
A Beautiful Day
Fri Oct 1 12:33:07 EDT 2010, Long Island Sound, USA

We sailed into the eastern end of Long Island Sound just ahead of strong southerly winds (a close-hauled course for us). We had just gotten around Orient Point (at the entrance to the sound) when the wind picked up, and the current started to turn against us. We continued for a few miles, then anchored off the beach for six hours until we had favorable current again. Then we sailed on until the current turned again, anchored and continued again when the current became favorable.

While underway, the forecast changed from merely strong southerly winds to a tornado watch, but fortunately we did not encounter anything more than a near gale and rain.

In Labrador, it seemed that people described almost any day as a Beautiful Day (it was more of a greeting than a description, though), so I thought that was an appropriate title for a day with wind that can be sailed in and enough rain to compensate for the otherwise overly warm temperature.

Fri Oct 1 14:38:25 EDT 2010 | Gabriela
Gee, this looks like a pretty painful moment...
I wonder what was in my mind at that moment because I cannot recall to have had neither painful nor scary moments while we sailed on Long Island Sound. Actually, the near Gale on Long Island Sound was more like a piece of cake comparing to the strong winds we (me and Richard) encountered crossing the Golf of Maine.
Fri Oct 1 15:01:52 EDT 2010 | Gabriela
Yes, despite the near Gale winds and the 35 knots gusts we had on the Long Island Sound, sailing was fun and exiting on that beautiful day. Adrenaline rushing! :)
Correction on misspelled Gulf of Maine.
Fri Oct 1 16:43:43 EDT 2010 | George Ray
I think that people who sail small boats to the vicinity of the Arctic Circle can spell any word any way they wish.
Fri Oct 1 23:47:17 EDT 2010 | Gabriela
Thanks for your support George!

Actually as I recall now, my expression must have been the reaction to the pretty strong, nasty gust we had sailing on the L.I. S.
Sat Oct 2 1:51:36 EDT 2010 | Yann Sergent
nice to know you are back home!
Sun Oct 3 23:00:54 EDT 2010 | Gabriela
Here is why I think that the winds we encountered on Long Island Sound were more like a piece of cake compare to the wind we faced sailing on the Gulf of Maine during Hurricane Igor.

Well, Richard has been pretty subtle about this, but on August 4th, Chris had to get off in Hopedale. Since then, from Hopedale to Baffin Island and throughout most of our way back was only the three of us left; myself, Richard and Ted.

On September 20th, Ted had to get off in Shelburne Harbor so he can make it on time for a meeting he had to attend on September 23rd in New York.

Therefore we had the choice to wait for Ted to get back to the boat or else leave Nova Scotia and sail across the Gulf of Maine, only Richard and myself.

Of course, Richard thought we will be better off if we leave Shelburne Harbor before the bad weather may keep us there longer than we really wanted to be there.

Throughout this entire 4 months trip to the North, I think that crossing the Gulf of Mine was
Sun Oct 3 23:06:31 EDT 2010 | Gabriela
Here is why I think that the winds we encountered on Long Island Sound were more like a piece of cake compare to the wind we faced sailing on the Gulf of Maine during Hurricane Igor.

the most challenging experience for me. Richard knew that there will be strong winds against our direction from the Hurricane Igor on our second day on the sea, but he also knew that we would get favorable winds after that. When we saw the clouds pointing toward the Hurricane Igor, I asked Richard:
“Are you sure this is a good decision?”
“I am not sure” was his answer.
“Gee! This is not very encouraging…” I said. Nonetheless, we kept going.
Of course, we felt Igor’s presence in our vicinity very strongly during the second day on the sea. Because of the strong big waves and winds against us, we were not able to advance at all. We hove to the whole day.
I did not pray much throughout this trip, but on that second day on the Gulf of Maine, while I was on watch so Richard can
Sun Oct 3 23:11:31 EDT 2010 | Gabriela
can get few hours of sleep, I could not help myself but pray all the time for the winds and waves to calm down.
Mountains and hills of waves were rocking the boat up and down, and made the boat plunge its bow into the water while pools of foam as big as lakes were forming between the weaves.
Although, I love water and I love swimming, (I am a Pieces…☺) I would not have been happy to have to be swimming in that fury of water and winds.
When Richard got up few hours later, I said to him
“If you will only know how much I pray for these winds and waves to calm down…?”
“I can imagine you did, because you did not wake me up” was his answer.
Anyway, I think that sharing this experience with you all might explain better why the winds and gusts we encountered on Long Island Sound did not scare me at all comparing to the fury of Hurricane Igor’s winds on the Gulf of Maine did.

Later Richard told me that the winds we encountered on Gulf of Maine were of force seve
Sun Oct 3 23:21:02 EDT 2010 | Gabriela
Later Richard told me that the winds we encountered on Gulf of Maine were of force seven, near gale. When I studied the chart with the pictures of the wind forces on water, the weaves I have seen while he was asleep looked more like force ten, storm on the chart. Of course, he did not agree with me. But how could he? He was asleep while I was out there watching them and getting butterflies in my stomach…
Once we arrive on Long Island Sound I told Richard:
“Now I could swim home from here.” Except for the few strong gusts, we had a beautiful sail day.
This is why I thought that the 15 to 25 knots winds and 35 knots gusts we faced on L.I.S. (I hope that I am being very accurate here) were more like a piece of pie comparing to the winds we met on our sailing across the Gulf of Maine.

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