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First Trip to Bock Island

After spending a summer sailing though fog, squalls and nightime, and plum gut, I feel that I am ready to go to Block Island on my Catlina 27. I will be leaving from Westbrook this Saturday. Below are my thoughts, any comments would be appreciated.

Ebb starts at 13:33, but I want to arrive at Paynes during daylights. So I plan to leave around 10:00, knowing that I will be fighting the current for a couple of hours. I figure the passage should take 7 hours. Looking at the chart it seems that going through the Race north of Valiant Rock makes the most sense.

I plan to dock at Paynes, at leave Sunday morning around 8:30 to take advantage of the flood tide.
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I agree with arriving during daylight. I have never come from that direction so I haven't given the tides much consideration.

This time of year you should probably be able to stay where ever you want. Block is great, especially when it is a little less crowded (like now).
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I also can't offer any advice on sailing from LIS - we always either depart from Narragansett Bay, or directly from Martha's Vineyard. But CB's correct with the abundance of moorings and dockage after Labor Day. The island becomes very barren with minimal tourists and cruisers.

Block will be very cool at night during end of September and October, especially this weekend, with lows predicted to dip to the 40's - bring an extra blanket.

Should be a very nice weekend though and no problem with your C27 - we have a close friend who has made the loop in his C27 from Newport to MV, then Nantucket and directly to BI, on a couple occasions . . . but he's kinda crazy.

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We go to Block Island often from LI Sound

If the weather is good BI will be beautiful this weekend, but the forcast is for good strong NW winds. I would stay behind Fishers Island and reach across at Watch Hill RI instead of surfing The Race.

We've never stayed at Paynes. I suggest Block Island Boat Basin. It has the The Oar right there.

Town moorings should be available this time of year too.

http://www.blockisland.com/webcam/

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We went to Block for the first time two weeks ago (Sept 14-16) - most of the town moorings were unused (and the rate drops to $20 per night after Labor Day). It looked like all the launch services were closed for the season, so be sure to bring your dinghy!

We loved it - no crowds at all, but most of the restaurants, stores, etc are still open. It was really nice during the day, but a little chilly at night. Hope you have a great time!

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Wow Block Island was great, thanks for all the info.

But I would hate to anchor during the summer, with all those boats swinging on anchor it must be crazy ;-)
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In honor of October...I suggest we ALL go to BOCK Island for Octoberfest!! (g)

Glad you had a good trip apka!
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