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post #11 of 15 Old 05-03-2003
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Sailed to Block last August on a Tuesday and at 3PM all moorings were taken...so don''t cound on getting one...there was however plenty of room for anchoring so no real problem there.
Other suggestions for the trip:
Northport Harbor...moorings available and nice town at your doorstep...same for Port Jefferson (setauket YC rents moorings in SE corner of harbor)...pretty "touristy" but fun for a day or two.
Fischer''s Island...for a pristine anchorage and good shelter. Definitely second the recommmendation on Deering Harbor/Greenport.
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Thanks all so much. I''ve completely revised my sail plan based on your generous advice. I''m giving up the Sand Hole and looking into the nearby options you folks suggested.
We''ll move more quickly through the western Sound and include time in both Mystic and now Newport too. Block Island is still my jumping-off point for Cape May, NJ. We plan to be at Block the weekend AFTER the 4th of July and arrive late afternoon on a Sunday. Maybe we''ll find a mooring, but your advice on anchoring in Great Salt Pond will be applied if the moorings are taken.

Hell Gate will be a 1st for us but there is plenty of advice on timing the transit to the tide and it works out nicely for a ~9:00 am trip on the 6th of July.

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Sand Hole is a possibility still, but enter and exit on a mid-tide rising and you''ll be able to do it. Even if you touch there''s nothing in teh channel but sand and the tide rises so quick you''l be free in no time. Best if you can follow someone in there (weekends and holidays you''ll always have a bit of traffic). But don''t even think to try it at night. Its such a wonderful place, its nice if you don''t miss it.

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wayne: email me offline and i can tell you whatever you want to know about Newport. (what to do, where to eat, etc.)
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Did the trip from Worton Creek last year will go angin this July. I strongly suggest going from Cape May/AC straight to Block Is. The ride throgh NYC is busy and choppy with lots of traffic. Hells gate is nothing if you time it right but Western LI is very light air. Port Washing and Port Jefferson are good friendly stops with lots to amuse. Block on the 4th is a zoo and lots of fun. We will be going straight past to Nantucket leaving around June 25.
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