Heading south for the winter

Trip Start Aug 01, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

There are several ways for us to know if we've been in one place for too long: the fact that I had two haircuts while in Sag Harbor and desperately need another is way too long and arriving for the July 4 holiday and seeing the fall colors in the leaves is another...

The work on Quest was completed and we were finally put back in the water late in the day on Columbus Day, October 9. We left the sweet town of Sag Harbor the following morning west toward New York City via the Long Island Sound. We spent the first night in Port Jefferson, and the second night in Manhasset Bay, Port Washington.

We carefully studied the tide charts hoping to catch an outgoing tide for our transit of the East River alongside Manhattan Island. Alas, the tide-gods were not in our favor, and we found ourselves bucking a strong current, at times able to coax less than a knot of speed over the bottom out of both engines. The morning was overcast and foggy and the sun flirted with us until finally shining brightly by the time we passed the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings around noon.

Our watery vantage point on the River was one that few of the millions of people who live in New York ever see. We had the pleasure of driving brother-in-law, Lou to several doctor visits in the city and going under the same bridges we drove over put a new perspective on things.

Even on the boat, the sounds of the city were overwhelmingly loud. We saw the latest New York building to be hit by an aircraft only the day before.

We passed by Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty as boatloads of tourists crammed aboard tour boats. Our passage under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge marked our exit from New York waters.

We spent the night in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Approaching the anchorage gave us an opportunity to smell our way in - not sure what the odor was, but there was definitely a pungent aroma.

Next morning, we headed offshore a bit to Norfolk Virginia at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay. The marina that we chose was far away from shopping, so we hired a cab in search of a grocery store and hair cut!

While I was getting my long locks chopped, I overheard a gentleman in the next chair say that he was heading out to sea for a few months. His hairdresser joked, asking if he needed a bait girl. He said he didn't fish. Well, it didn't take me long to put the pieces together and I asked him what kind of sailboat he had. We got into a fun conversation as we shared experiences - our hairdressers enjoying the sea stories as well. He mentioned a race/cruise which leaves from this area to Tortola, BVI around the beginning of November. We decided to sign up for the cruise part of it.
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