Between June 16th and 18th, we had a great time with old friends in New York City. We found a free place to dock our dinghy and meet new cruisers thanks to Lindsay’s past history with the Manhattan Sailing Club.
We motored away from our anchorage in Ellis Island to head up the East River past Manhattan and under the tall bridges. We had nothing to worry about because although our mast height is tall at about 72 feet, the lowest bridge clearance we had was about twice that.
I would have taken more pictures or a video on June 20th of our approach to Black Rock but the fog was so thick it you wouldn’t be able to see what was going on. Our friend Ed that we met during the ARC Europe Rally last year has a friend named Dean with a free mooring here and they offered it to us. Ed and his son James drove through the dense fog to meet us at the entrance to the channel and guide us in. It took awhile for them to find us in the fog. We were blasting our fog horn and using the VHF to help them locate us. Before they found us we were navigating using our chart plotter. I have to say it was a narrow channel and it was a bit unnerving to see a pile of rocks with the day marker on it appear from out of the fog. Although it was almost a 200 feet away, it looked closer. Anyway, Ed and James found us about halfway in the channel. They led the rest of the way, we tied up to a perfect mooring and we had dinner with Ed and Dean that evening!
We set anchor after a rather boring day and stayed inside on our settee to stream TV. Tomorrow morning we will dinghy in to a free dock and walk around exploring Sag Harbor. Yes, you can use dinghy as a verb.