Posted by: tflana | September 5, 2015

It’s almost Labor Day

It has been a busy week since we left Block Island.  When we set off from Block Island the decision was made to make it to Orient Point, NY.  This was an anchorage we found on Active Captain, and it was a good staging area to get through Plum Gut with a favorable current.  It was a good spot for a beautiful sunset, warm dinner and a view of the ferry service to New London.

Plum Gut where the ocean meets Long Island Sound. It can always be a challenge but we had it fairly easy!

Plum Gut where the ocean meets Long Island Sound. It can always be a challenge but we had it fairly easy!

Scout doing what she does best! Sail in big wind and seas

Scout doing what she does best! Sail in big wind and seas

The next morning bright and early we went through Plum Gut with a perfect amount of current helping us through.  There was a lot of water confusion or tide rips but Scout handled it all with the beauty she was meant too.  Scout always does best when under sail, which gave us a fast day to Port Jefferson.  It was hard knowing we were so close to Bridgeport, but this was a quick stop to enjoy the full moon and get a quick night of sleep before heading to Port Washington.  At this point, we have to start watching the tropical depressions and wind events that hit the northeast during September.

The full moon enjoyed while in Conscience Bay in Port Jefferson, NY. Still a favorite anchorage

The full moon enjoyed while in Conscience Bay in Port Jefferson, NY. Still a favorite anchorage

We needed to make a stop in Port Washington to provision and do laundry, yes it had been 10 days since doing laundry!  Port Washington has finally figured out the whole cruising thing – give cruisers free moorings for 2 nights because they are going to spend a lot of money in the town provisioning!  Brian and I treated ourselves to dinner on the waterfront at Louie’s, mainly because there was no fresh food on the boat!  Met an interesting character at the laundromat who claims that his brother runs the tour boat to visit the swimming pigs in the Exuma’s.  His goal is to return to the Abacos this winter, we left him our boat card to check in with us if he gets down there, amazing who you get to talk to.

One of the many mansions along the channel into Port Washington

One of the many mansions along the channel into Port Washington

Our departure from Port Washington was all based on the current through Hell Gate on the East River.  As we dropped our mooring in Port Washington, Scout was hailed on the radio by Alegria, another cruising boat.  They had never travelled through the city and asked if they could tag behind us.  No problem, we have now done this 3 times, certainly we can only make a few blunders this time through.  I took control of Scout for this trip down the East River and into Sandy Hook.  Everything went smoothly and it almost looked like we knew what we were doing!

Traffic along the East River

Traffic along the East River

Manhattan Skyline

Manhattan Skyline

Plane overhead landing at Laguardia Airport

Plane overhead landing at Laguardia Airport

Tara sailing towards Sandy Hook, NJ with Manhattan in the back ground

Tara sailing towards Sandy Hook, NJ with Manhattan in the back ground

We dropped anchor in Sandy Hook on Monday, August 31st.  Another good staging area for the sail along the coast of New Jersey, never a happy thought for me!  But it is a necessary evil for us to enjoy our southern experiences.  Just needed to wait for the wind and seas to be in my comfort zone!

Sunset at Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Sunset at Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Another sunset, I think I am obsessed with sunsets!

Another sunset, I think I am obsessed with sunsets!

Next stop – Atlantic City!


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