CT to GA Day 1
Stamford, CT to Oyster Bay, NY
First day of our trip south... up early before sunrise to finish up some last minute tasks before departing. Taking the towboat back to Oyster Bay had to load the dock box in the towboat, secure the towboat to SAILS and prepare a towline... much easier towing with the towboat than with SAILS.
Needed to stow a few things so they would be secure for cruising. Remove the boarding steps from the dock and several other things... all completed by 0645 and we could just see the sun rising over the horizon... Cloudy forecast so we would not be seeing the sun for long. 0700 and we were away from the dock bound for Oyster Bay, NY.
It was 48° as we headed out of the marina... a bit windy.. there was a small craft advisory in effect... winds SW 15-20kt with gusts to 30kts Seas 2-3 feet.
Once well out of the marina into Westcott Cove we stopped and moved the towboat from alongside to a stern tow... would keep it in stern tow as we crossed Long Island Sound... a bit too rough to keep it alongside SAILS.
There was not much boat traffic to speak of... a tug and barge heading into Stamford was all that we saw until we reached Oyster Bay where a few commercial clam boats passed us heading out.
We arrived to Oyster Bay and Calm waters... we stopped and moved the towboat back alongside SAILS and continued toward Oyster Bay Marine Center where we would spend the night.
We docked at approximately 0900... Our location at N40°52.685’, W073°31.657’
. We traveled today for 2 hours covering 10.4 nautical miles averaging 5.2 knots.
Posted at 2:08 PM
2019 Trip North
We departed from Coffee Bluff Marina, Savannah, GA on April 16, 2019 and arrived to Stamford, CT on May 2, 2019.
Overall: 17 days
Moving: 15 days
Stopped: 2 days
2 days in Hampton, VA to visit friends.
Distance traveled: 1088 statute miles
Moving: 143.2 hours
72.5 statute miles per day
7.6 miles per hour
9.5 hours per day
Marinas, Docks, Anchorages:
3 nights PAID docks
1 nights mooring ball
12 nights FREE docks
1 nights anchored
Posted at 9:38 AM
GA to CT Day 17
Manasquan, NJ to Stamford, CT
We had a great dinner at the Shrimp Box Restaurant... twin stuffed flounder filets stuffed with crab... It was Awesome!
Overnight there was still a large ocean swell that was causing a surge effect in the basin... SAILS was rocking gently like a baby's cradle... so we had a good nights sleep.
Up well before sunrise and underway at 0615 in the depths of some thick fog... 1/4 mile visibility in the basin and half that or worse once we cleared the inlet and heading north along the New Jersey shoreline. Seas were still quite large with a 3 to 4 foot SE swell... was not the best ride but tolerable for the next 4 hours to reach New York Harbor.
We had fog all the way to Sandy Hook where it cleared up to about 2 mile visibility... but still many patchy spots of pea soup thick fig.
We missed the timing with current today having a tremendous current against us for most of the day. The East River and Hell Gate were the worst areas fighting a 3 knot plus current... dropping our speed to less than 4 knots a few times. The water just boiling in Hell Gate. We did a reprieve once we reached the Throgs Neck Bridge and Long Island Sound the turning point in the current and we had the current pushing us along at about 7.5 knots all the way to Stamford.
We arrived to Stamford at 1830. Our location for the summer 41°02.392'N,73°31.318'W
. We traveled today for 12 hours covering 71.8 nautical miles averaging 6.0 knots.
Posted at 7:05 PM