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Monday, 24 October 2011
Warwick, RI to Westbrook, CT
Rhode Island to Florida - Day 1
We left this morning at 0723 hours on our return trip to Florida from Rhode Island. This leg of the tip was pretty uneventful… we had 10-15 knot winds out of the SW which really did not have any effect on us until we turned to the west at Point Judith… then we had a little chop… 1-2 waves that did nothing more than let us know we were on a boat…. Up until then it had been flat calm. We had the current running with us also up until this point and that also changed. We now had a strong current on out bow that lasted until just past Fisher Island where the curret changed to push us along… sometimes we were doing over 9 knots… it was great to have this push from the current.

We are running a little slower on this trip south to try and conserve some fuel… diesel at almost $4.00 a gallon is a great motivation to slow things down. Our normal crusingin speed is 7 - 7.5 knots… we have slowed that to 6.5 knots this trip dropping the RPM down to 2200 compared to 2750… should save on the fuel… we’ll see as the trip progresses.

We arrived to Westbrook, CT and were met by Susan’s brother George and a long time family friend John Kroner at the Brewers Pilots Point Marina. They helped us with the lines and we were safely docked at approximately 1819 hours.

We traveled 69.56 nautical miles in 10.56 hours for an average speed of 6.36 knots.
Posted at 7:24 AM
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Fisher Island, NY to Warwick, RI
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 27
We departed from Fishers Island at 0900 and continued on what would be the last day of our journey from Florida to Rhode Island... it was another gloomy day and we did not see the sun all day… we had current running with us all day which helps make a gloomy day a little better… the only down side of the day was that the wind picked up a little from the SE and made the ride a little bumpy but nothing that was unpleasant. BUT IT WAS COLD!!! Low 50’s when we left and it did not get much warmer all day… what was surprising to me was the number of people out on the water… we must of seen 50 plus boats during the trip… they all appeared to be fishing… sitting bundled up holding their rod and reels… way too cold for fishing in my opinion.

The day was uneventful and we arrived to Warwick at 1500 and docked at Brewer Greenwich Bay Marina located in the NW corner of Greenwich Bay… N41°41.087', W071°26.816'. We will be here about two weeks as we prep the boat for our summer on Block Island.

Today we traveled for 6 hours covering 47 nautical miles averaging 7.8 knots. This was the last day of our trip from Florida to Rhode Island… we traveled 27 days covering 1433.66 nautical miles (1650 miles) for an average of 53.1 nautical miles (61 miles) per day.
Posted at 8:58 PM
Friday, 13 May 2011
City Island, NY to Fisher Island, NY
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 26
Departed from City Island at 0640 hours and headed east on Long Island Sound. Very gray and gloomy morning... but the sound was flat calm like a sheet of glass... very nice compared to what we had to travel in the last few days. It was actually kind of eerie as you could not distinguish the horizon.

We would traveling the entire day on Long Island Sound and planned to stop where ever we happen to be at between 1800 and 1900... we had the current in our favor most of the day giving us a boost in speed running around 8 knots... that was until we were just south of The Race when rather abruptly our speed changed from 7.8 knots to 5 knots in a matter of a few seconds and with this loss in speed our destination was now determined... we would stop at Fisher Island.

Winds were southerly so it would provide good protection... we anchored on the North West end of Fishers Island in West Harbor just outside the channel leading into the inner harbor and town... we joined a lone sailboat that had just anchored before we arrived.

At 1910 hours we were securely anchored in 20 feet of water at N41°16.256', W072°00.025'. We had traveled for 12 hours and 30 minutes and covered 86 nautical miles averaging 6.9 knots.
Posted at 8:52 PM
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