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Did it from Newport to Stamford a couple of weekends ago. Miserable trip I am afraid as we had to motor the whole way as the wind was on our nose. Good luck.
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The prevailing SW is not very prevailing this summer, we''ve had wind from all over this year. I just got back from a weeks trip three weeks ago and the winds were from the North as much as from the South....and even then it would have been fine to sail from Orient to Mattituck most of the time. You will have to wait and see the way the weather turns out the week/day you are going sailing and make the decision.

It is more important to look at and time the tides. Especially when rounding Orient Pt. (4-5 knots through Plum Gut can really help or hurt you). The tides are the key to making any headway on the Long Island sound. Get the Eldridge tide book and it will help you figure it out.

The Flood starts about 30 minutes past Low Tide @ Bridgeport Ct. So if you were rounding the Plum Gut (Orient Point), time it so you arrive at about Low tide @Bridgeport CT and it will throw you through the "gut" and Westward at a good clip (2-3 knots along the LI Sound part of the North fork)

It is very easy to sail from Orient Pt. to Mattituck in a day. We sailed from Mattituck around Orient pt and all the way down to Greenport. We left from Mattituck inlet about 1pm and arrived at Greenport 6:30pm and we had the motor completely off after about 2
:30 pm...We sailed almost all the way around on into the marina. It was wonderful. (Of course we had timed the tides...;-)

BTW Mattituck is a great little anchorage , but its a little tight (freaky) on the channel getting in, but there should be enough water and if you''ve got time you should visit some of the great wineries all around the north fork!....

You can always shoot over to the CT river from Mattituck pretty easily. The tides will be pushing you east or west, but you will be travelling north and south. Either way, its a wash.

Just remember....Its the tides in LI Sound, especially on the Eastern end.

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Thanks to both replies. I guess I will leave my schedule flexible enough to accomodate the winds one way or the other.

I''ve got the Eldridge and plan to do the gut when its slack just before flood. It seems like it will be slack for at least half an hour, which should be plenty of time, if I can hop into it right away.

The Mattituck inlet is pretty nasty looking at the entrance, I believe there''s a bar there, but I have a catboat with a two-foot draft and don''t expect a problem with anchorage, just some bumps on the way in, I hope. I''ve kayaked in there and its really beautiful, and love eating at the Old Mill Inn. Should make an easy place to meet up with the wife, who doesn''t care for cruising but likes the amenities of marinas and eating out!

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