sailing from western LI sound to Block Island
I agree with Navtron; no need to sail north and pass thru the race. (But, if you do, consult Eldridge''s and go thru at slack or ebb tide.) I take it you are planning to stay in New Harbor. If so, I would suggest that you only attempt the channel in the daylight and in good weather as its not exactly wide. Make sure that you shoot for Red #2 and continue to stay north of it as the large tower and the jetty that its on is actually quite a bit south of the channel. You can grab a mooring or make a reservation at one of the marinas. If you don''t want to have the possibility of rafting on the dock, give Block Island Boat Basin a call NOW. They don''t raft and only take reservations via a written form. (They are already sold out for race week and July 4th to give you an idea.) Good luck.