Guildford, CT to Oyster Bay, NY
Rhode Island to Florida - Day 4
Arriving early at Guildford Yacht Club yesterday allowed us to complete a few tasks on the boat as well as SAILS got a nice hose down to wash the salt off from the first two days of cruising. We spent a wonderful evening with Don and Beryl Gillette… fantastic dinner and a lot of catching up…. Had been a year since we had last visited them… it was very nice. Thanks Don and Beryl for an awesome evening!
When we arrived to Guildford yesterday we came in at about an hour after low tide and the channel was very shallow so we opted to depart today about 2 hours after low tide to give a little more leeway in the channel. We departed at 0920 hours and the depth sounder worked the entire way out of the channel… hate when it says 5.0 and starts flashing… meaning it is less than 5 feet deep… we draw 4 foot 8 inches so it’s a little nerve racking when this happens.
Forecast for the say was for SE winds 5-10 knots with seas less than 1 foot… it was fairly accurate today and we had a very pleasant cruise. We also had a great boost to our speed from the flood current today… 8 knots for quite a while. Saw a lot more boats moving about today than we have the last 3 days combined. A few commercial ships moving in and out of New Haven, CT… saw Ferries coming and going from CT to NY at Port Jefferson and dozens of people out fishing in all size boats. It was a great day… sunny and much warmer than it has been.
Forecast for tonight and Friday is for higher winds and rain as a front moves across the area… so we decided to pull in to Oyster Bay, NY to wait as the front passes over. We have anchored here in the past a few times and it is well sheltered from wind in all directions… it will be a good place to stay for tonight and Friday.
We anchored at approximately 1640 hours at N40°52.850’, W073°32.314’. We are just off of a boat ramp that makes a great spot to go ashore and walk Beecha. It is adjacent to a public park and beach.
We traveled today for 7 hours and 20 minutes covering 49.24 nautical miles averaging 6.72 knots.