Day 33 to 35: Sailing from Key West to Provincetown

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.

Thanks to Sonia for all of the phone calls and suggestions for us. It was all perfect!
The view of Manhattan on our dinghy ride home from the Manhattan Sailing Club made Lindsay a bit homesick for the city life.
This is a brand new public structure called “The Vessel” in Hudson Yards, connected by the Highline pedestrian walkway. Amazing the way NYC has changed so rapidly!
It was so much fun getting our friends together for a drink and dinner on a Tuesday night! Where was Doryse?
One bad thing about the Hudson and East Rivers was the stains they left on our sugar scoop and hulls. Acid takes it right off, though.

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.

Cloudy and cool as we motor up the East River under the bridges.
Leaving Port Washington in the fog. It never burned off all day.

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!

The view from our friend Dean’s mooring in Black Rock, in Connecticut.
As we are leaving our mooring on June 21st, day 35, we still have clouds but no more fog.
Oyster fishermen raise and lower cages of those delicious shellfish all around us here.
Crossing the Long Island Sound under power in the rain was boring.
Orient Light marks the safe passage into the North Fork of Long Island, towards Sag Harbor. The current races through here at a few knots so luckily we timed it right.

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.