All the way to Maine!
25 June 2020
Our trip through NYC was bittersweet. It was eerily quiet with only the occasional high speed ferry sharing the river with us, yet it was the ideal opportunity to get up close to the Statue of Liberty and see the surroundings without distractions.
We enjoyed anchorages in Port Washington and Port Jefferson, both lovely with beautifully maintained homes and gardens. On our last day in Long Island Sound we had the current with us and decided to push past our destination of Fisher's Island, making it all the way to Cuttyhunk. It was getting foggy and dark when we unsuccessfully attempted to anchor just outside the harbor. The winds were light so we just put out a lot of anchor chain and, thankfully, stayed put overnight.
Our trip through the Cape Cod Canal was swift and uneventful, but it was cold and starting to rain when we came out of it. We were hoping to go the rest of the way home to beat the north winds predicted but decided, instead, to head for Gloucester and wait for better weather. Conditions improved before we got there and we were were able to push on. By the time we were passing Portsmouth, NH the full moon was beautiful but the seas were 4-5 feet, about 4 seconds apart and on our stern quarter, making for a ride that some people describe as "corkscrewing." Fog started moving in as we moved north along the Maine Coast, and by the time we were right off of Seguin Island, we couldn't see any land contour whatsoever. We blindly made our way up the Sheepscot River with 5 ft following seas and total reliance on our chart plotter, and arrived home safely at around 7 a.m, June 6th.
Cay Paraiso left Maine in Fall '14 and hadn't returned since. We are delighted to have her back on our dock where we can work on her at our leisure and admire her from our sunroom windows. Although we said we would never make the trip again, we enjoyed taking it more slowly, enjoying the Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound instead of pushing offshore and trying to make good time. We're thinking now that this may be our new normal! So, until next season....