Hi all, we will be moving our sailboat (45' Wauquiez, 6' draft
) from Deltaville, Va. to the Cape Cod
area in the middle of the summer as part of our 4 week family vacation
. I would like to ask you all if you have preferred stops along the way. I have read a few guide books
to the the mid atlantic and so far I have a few ideas.
We will most likely sail to the tip of the Chesapeake first, and wait for favorable weather
north. We are still debating wether to sail straight to New York
City or make landfall in a few ports
along the way.
LEG 1: CHESAPEAKE TO NEW YORK
. There aren't many "easy" inlets along the Virginia/Maryland/Delaware atlantic coast(?). At this point I would be tempted to sail straight to CAPE MAY, and enjoy a little beach time around there. Next stop could be ATLANTIC CITY, but I'm not sure if this area is really cruiser friendly (?). After this, it is straight to NYC
, unless any suggestions say otherwise (?).
NEW YORK CITY STOPOVER: Anyone care to suggest a good (cheap?) marina or moorings centrally located. I would like to visit a little bit of the Big Apple, there is surely too much to do there, so maybe 2 or 3 days downtown would be a minimum... we are just passing through.
LEG 2: NYC
, RI: I was thinking of heading from New York City up the East River and through Hell's Gate into the LONG ISLAND SOUND
. I have sailed an Etchell's race
in LIS years ago, but honestly I have no idea what are the nice areas of LIS that are worth a visit, any advice? I have been told not to miss BLOCK ISLAND(?), any comments? After LIS it is off to NEWPORT
, RI, of course. Here again if anyone would care to suggest a marina or moorings centrally located?
LEG 3: NEWPORT TO CAPE COD
: This is where it starts to get interesting but at the same time we might be running out of vacation
time at this point in our cruise
. The ultimate goal is to find a new temporary home for our boat somewhere in BUZZARD'S BAY or further in towards the Cape Cod canal... this is also an area where your input would be very appreciated. I would be looking for a recommended boatyard.
We will likely spend another year (next summer) cruising the Cape Cod area, MARTHA'S VINEYARD
, etc... but for now we have to get there having fun along the way!
Any and all of your comments/suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks for your feedback.