Thursday, February 15, 2018

More NYC, 'cuz there's lots there to see!

After a rolly night anchored behind the Statue of Liberty, we headed toward the island of Manhattan and took a right to head up the East River. Eventually, we would end up on Long Island Sound.  Before we got there, we would pass under many bridges and hit a new top speed.  We had consulted the current tables carefully, and clocked an even 10.0 knots speed over ground running through Hell Gate.  Not a bad feat since our normal cruising speed is 5.5 knots.  Below is the view as we were passing Manhattan on the left.  Ahead of the bow and off in the distance, you may be able to see the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

The view from the East River of Manhattan and all the bridges was quite a thrill. Here we are approaching Brooklyn Bridge.

Next up is the Manhattan Bridge.

Along with the bridges, there is some crazy architecture in this town.  Whoever built this thing needs to check their level.

We had a nice view of the UN building as we cruised up beside Roosevelt Island

Hell Gate is a turbulent area during the times of peak flow, as the strong currents in the East River mix with the currents from the Harlem River.  It makes for some fun navigating as the changing currents push the boat in various directions.  Here you can see some of the turbulence on the water's surface as we approach Triborough and Hell Gate bridges.

We were nearing the end of the big city, and before passing Rikers Island, we passed beside North Brother Island.  I found it interesting that here in New York City, there are islands that have gone into ruin.  This island has had an interesting history and currently it has the ruins of a quarantine hospital, where typhoid Mary spent her final days. 

It was just a few more miles around the bend to Port Washington where we stopped for the next few days.  We finally were able to meet up with our friends Russell and Steve on s/v one80.  Here is Russell in his self proclaimed lil' blue clown car.  Thanks for the warm welcome to P. Washington!

We ended up taking the train into NYC with Russell and Steve for a day trip.  The train dropped us off at Penn Station, and we headed south toward ground zero.  We planned it perfectly, walking through this normally hectic city on the fourth of July weekend.  The only people out were tourists, and the hustle and bustle was notably absent.  We made our way south to the impressive new Freedom Tower, along with the very serene WTC memorials.

Somewhere we should all take the time to visit...

We made our way to Liberty Park, where we would catch another glimpse of Lady Liberty.

We were getting a bit tired of walking now, so we hopped on the subway for a trip back north to Central Park.  Wow, is that a big park.  I was expecting much less, and ended up being very impressed. 

On our way back to Penn Station, we passed through Times Square, where we caught a glimpse of the ball that is dropped, confirming that we were, indeed, still in 2017.

It was getting to be a long day, and after some grub, we headed back to Penn Station and our train, and back to Port Washington

And back to our floating home on a mooring...

We ended up spending a total of four days in Port Washington, where everything a cruiser needs in accessible and affordable.  From the town dock at the grocery store and shopping area to the transient moorings and boat shuttle for people passing through town, we felt very welcome in this harbor.  Plus, it was a great way to visit NYC.  After stocking up and getting our fill of the city, we left Port Washington headed toward more New England adventures...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

North to NYC!

I have had quite a hiatus from the blog, and I apologize for such a long silence.  We are weathering this winter in New Bern, NC, where the temperatures have been quite cold.  A positive of the delay in the blog is that I am looking through all the fun and WARM places we were this summer and fall.  It make me feel a bit warmer myself, seeing photos of us in shorts and tshirts. 

When I left off, we had completed the ICW northbound and entered the Chesapeake Bay.  From our past experience there, we knew it was a fun place to travel and explore.  However, the heat of summer was upon us in mid-June, and we were heading north to escape the heat (I sure would like some of that excessive, oppressive heat now!).  Our short term goal was to get north of NYC and on to Long Island Sound as quickly as possible, where the weather would be more mild.  Aside from a short stop in Solomon's Island for some stormy weather, we were moving north as quickly as possible. 

Travelling quickly is a term we use pretty loosely here on Tatiana, and while the speed may not have felt any faster than normal, we weren't stopping anywhere to smell the roses.  It was a pleasant change, that the red and green daymarkers of the ICW had changed to lighthouses and bouys, so we were required to slow down and take a few photos.  We even had a lovely spinnaker run up the bay one day!

We stopped at Reedville, VA, where there is an active fishing fleet.  This was one of a half a dozen fishing boats we saw there. 

An obligatory lighthouse photo on another lovely sail heading north.

Regrettably, the closest we got to Annapolis was Thomas Point lighthouse.

I think every cruiser up the Chesapeake is require to photo the Bay Bridge.  It is a beauty, and you can't beat the perspective.  

At the north end of the Chesapeake is the Chesapeake-Delaware canal, also known as the C&D Canal.  It connects these two busy commercial bays, but can also be used as a inland route to New Jersey.  There were several nice bridges along the canal.

There were also some big ships - this was the biggest we encountered.  It's a car transport ship, and believe me, we were giving this behemoth as much room as we could.

The Delaware Bay was far less scenic than the Chesapeake, and it was extremely busy with shipping traffic.  We were happy to leave the Delaware Bay and enter the Atlantic as we rounded Cape May.  Here is a view of the cape as we exited the bay.

We were fortunate to have some very benign conditions here, as Cape May is known to get really rough when it's windy.  There was hardly a ruffle of water as we headed offshore.  If fact, it was so benign, that we decided to keep going overnight and end up in NYC the next day! 

On our way north, we passed Atlantic City at sunset.

As you can see, we found some cooler weather.

An low an behold, we found NYC!  Here is the Verazzano Bridge, and the entrance to the NYC inner harbor.

And someone else, we hope you all recognize.  

We ended up anchoring behind Lady Liberty with wonderful views all round.  We splashed the dinghy to get some photo of Tatiana and her surroundings.  

It was a very special experience to arrive in NYC by boat, and anchor in the harbor.  The night was visually spectacular (they light up both the city and the statue), but it was also very bouncy, with ferry boat wakes rocking us all about.  We were happy to stop here, but the following day it was time to move somewhere we could get some sleep!