Kicking Long Island Sounds' Ass

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Cedar Point Yacht Club

Flag of United States  , Connecticut
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Seeing as all the marinas we have encountered thus far are basically deserted, we did well last night by docking at a really comfortable dock, with their big cushy fenders in place, and it was a very restful and still night (beat the night prior when we were at a slimy old fishing dock, covered in seagull fecal matter and fish guts, where we actually had periodic problems of bumping the underside of the dock because our fenders couldn't match up with the dock and the movement of the tide).  We woke up this morning and set about some tasks that needed accomplishing - as Peter finished up the breakfast dishes, Connor flushed the fresh water tank and I racked my brain for the best way to put a reef in the mains'l.  After these were accomplished, we motored over to a fuel dock to fill up on diesel, and then, as it was pretty still in the harbor, we got ourselves away from land and tried setting the reefed sail - success!  We were okay yesterday with full sails set, but at times it just got to be a bit of a workout, both moving about the boat and steering.  Today's reef made things much more comfortable (for those non-sailor folk, reefing is basically just making the sail smaller).

We had a really beautiful day today.  The seas were pretty calm, and we had relatively consistent wind all day.  We would be just cruising along, and then we'd check our speed and we'd be moving at 7 knots, easily (and at the start of the day, that was more like 8 or even 9 knots).  It was pretty great. The sun was peaking in and out of the clouds, and the temperature was (relatively) comfortable.  I know I wasn't alone in feeling a bit discouraged by the ridiculous weather that occurred in the first couple of days - when a fisherman told us we "better hole up until next Tuesday," we were a bit bummed. Luckily, the weather has turned in our favor for the moment. We've had great wind, been pretty dry, and feeling comfortable.  All is well.

We pulled in to find a marina just as the sun was setting.  It was a great end to the day. We are now secure at Cedar Point Yacht Club (next to some swank yachts, I might add), getting ready to settle in for the night.

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Peter E. Rowell on

Thanks for the post.
Sounds like another nice day. You'll be in the big city soon, under the bright lights and smog filled skies.
Stay out of the rush hour traffic and enjoy the sights.


JC on

This is so cool to follow your journey (Hejira). I love this website and your stories!

Simon on

Sweeeeeeeet! Nice turn of speed guys! You will be playing with the dolphins in yer skibbies in no time!!!!!

Tim Rowell on

This is great folllowing your trip. With all this great info, I feel we'll all be able to sail, by the time you finish your trip. Keep up the good work and be safe.

TER on

When going through the city, watch for low flying planes.

Colleen on

Quite the journey for a 30 year old man to take on! lol

larry on

Haven't heard from you guys it's 7:30PM AND DARK on Friday hope all is well, I'm sure it is but looking foward to hearing from you and how your day was. Gods speed LARRY

xoxo gossip girl on

I agree with 'ol Larry there. It's Friday night and the only sign I have that you are well is some text message I saw on Jake's phone of you "apparently" in Manhattan. Let me know which celebrities you see, cause that's all I care about.

jake on

fuck yeah!

Grady Reilly on

Ellie be advised my ls last name REILLY! Jake Amy and I are wishing we were with you, but not really because we have Alison behind the bar and a sweet fire with cocktils... But for real we want to come see you!

Tell Pete he should be reefing the sail like a man and not doing dishes. Not to say that doing dishes is a womans job but for real get Pete off his ass and have him do some work! :) Love you guys!

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