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Re: Best Route from Mahattan to LI Sound
Initially we planned on leaving Friday around 5pm motoring to a spot past hells gate and then leaving on Saturday morning into the sound.
Alas the rain persisted into Friday evening to so we postponed to Saturday morning.
We planned on leaving Saturday morning 6:30 am but various delays meant we did not actually leave the mooring ball from Pier 25 until 730.
Traffic on the river was quiet. The only interesting moment occured when the Staten Island Ferry, the Governors Island Ferry AND the Statue of Libery boat all decided to pull out right at the same time. We got passed without any trouble though. The ride up to hell's gate was beautiful, such an amazing city view.
We hit Hell's Gate around 2 hours (sorry don't have exact time) after departure. The current was definitively strong but not unmanageable def. a little trickier to keep the boat going straight. Our top speed ended up being 11 knots which felt FAST...
Past hells gate we motored past the final bridge. There we encountered 15 knot EASTERLY winds. Most of the other sailboats where motoring toward the sound, but we where brave and spent the rest of the day beating into the sound. We had a wonderful time, our boat loves 15-20 knot winds.
We even sailed through the various narrow passages before you get into the sound proper.
Around 3 pm we pulled into a Marina in Glenn Cove. Went for a walk had dinner etc. Then we spent the night on the boat.
The next day we left around 11 am and headed toward Hell's gate. The voyage back was much shorter as there was no wind and we motored in a straight line. We hit the Gate around 14-1430. The current was slower than last time, we peaked around 8-9 knots. The crossing was otherwise uneventful.
Was a wonderful weekend.