Just thought I'd give you an update on this trip.
We left the Port Washington slip on Saturday morning 9/26 headed for
Port Jefferson which was going to be our first stop.
However when we got out past execution rocks we were confronted by easterly
winds hovering around 17, forecast
was for 10 to 15 northeast.
The seas were lumpy at best as we were tide against wind
After a 4 or 5 hours of tacking it became evident that we were not going to make
Port Jefferson in daylight so we put in at Oyster Bay. Had a nice night on a mooring
Our plan was now in flux and we knew that Block Island was slipping away.
On Sunday it was more of the same and we put in at Port Jefferson and another
night on a ball. On Monday the wind swung around more from the north and we
had a nice beam reach all the way to Mattituck, were we spent the night at Strongs Marina,
Quit a nice place. By now, Monday night we were actively monitoring the weather and the brewing storm that was to become Hurricane
There were also forecasts for a second storm front to hit Long Island
and small craft
warnings were likely to go up for Block Island Sound and points further east.
So Mattituck became our turn around point. We left Mattituck Tuesday morning
and had an absolutely beautiful sail headed west. Winds were from the north at 15 to 20.
We put in a reef and had one long beam reach all the way to Huntington Harbor.
We put in there because we didn't think we would make it back to Port Washington
during daylight and we had already been to Oyster Bay. We had a nice walk around
and dinner out. Wednesday was a fast chip shot back to Port Washington.
So it took us three days of hard beating to windward to get from Port Washington
to Mattituck. Then a glorious fast sail, beam reaching home.
All in All a great 5 day trip.
I hadn't been on Long Island Sound
in almost 30 years and this sail
reminded me just what a fantastic place it is.
The lesson learned was that sometimes the best passage plan can go out
the window in a heartbeat so it's prudent to have alternates B,D & C ready
and a bit thought out. Our original plan was to make Port Jefferson on day one,
Old Saybrook on day two and then Block Island on day three. But after a few hours
beating into strong easterlies, we started to think of alternatives.
There was no drama because we had a set of alternatives previously thought out,
so we changed our plans and executed the changed plans.
Boat: Island Packet
27 Crew: 2
A BIG THANK YOU to all who suggested places and routes.