The sail to Bloack from Watch Hill (East end of Fishers Island Sound) is usually a beam reach and there is ofter a steady stream of yachts on the rhumb line to and from the R2 at the entrance to the Great Salt Pond. It's a lovely sail... usually. The swells are usually coming from forward of the beam and usually from the south, but they do also come from the east. The prevailing wind
is about 210° and when the weather pattern is "normal" it can build from 8-10 in the AM to 15 -20 in the afternoon.
You can sail on the prevailing wind
right into the pond!
From Gardnier's Bay it is usually a broad reach in a quartering swell once you pass abeam of Montauk
And it is a slog to weather from Point Judith or Newport
But when it blows from the east... all that changes of course.
A passage in a fair tide will save you an hour as it can run up to 2 knots in there in an east west direction.
Although not known for fog you can get a very thick low lying fog which makes visibility less than 50 or 100 feet. You can see the blue sky above but all around is fog. Since it is a well trafficed area... you really have to be careful. And you can leave the fog in an instant finding yourself in perfect clear conditions with the dense fog behind.
You will have to deal with:
Vessels travelling east and west from the 1GI north of the Gardiner Island Ruins at the west end of Block Island Sound. This is a waypoint for vessels transiting from Gardiners Bay as well as well as Long Island Sound
for vessels passing through Plum Gut on their way East.
Ferries from Orient Point and New London as well as Point Judith.
vessels, both commerical coming and going to the ocean between Montauk and BI as well as sport fisherman who head
out from Montauk, Point Judith, and Connecticut Shore points.
Large commerical traffic including tows and container ships, fuel
haulers, trash. These guys do not change their course for you... ever.
And of course, submarines going and coming from Groton through the Race
. The can be moving at anything from 10 knots to 30 and when when they are moving at speed their bow wave is enormous. Usually there is a sailor on the tower, presumably on watch.
Under normal visibility BI Sound is a little taste of ocean sailing, but it is a rather small body of water
. Montauk is probably about 10 miles or so from BI and on a clear day you can see BI from Montauk. Point Judith is likewise about 10 miles from BI.
You will see some confused seas around Point Judith. You can almost count on it.
Small craft advisery - excellent time to sail for a well counded yacht. The skeerdie cats are at the bar on the dock