Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Old Greenwich, CT
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For me the BFS was to finally get my boat delivered. Just bought a new Seawind 1000XL catamaran, and after much delay (don't get me started) the boat finally arrived. My friend and I met the dealer at Barnegat Bay, NJ where he had motored it from Philadelphia (where it entered the country from Australia). Dealer had us meet him at noon this past Monday. We were ready to go (with still more work to do enroute) at 8:30PM. We motored from Brick, NJ to Manasquan inlet. Once out in the ocean, the sails went up for the first time. We were basically on a run as we headed towards the Port of NY. At first the winds were pretty light and we were only going 3-5kts.
We weren't in any rush since we knew we were going to wait for the right entry point to head to Hellgate. Anyway, the wind starts picking up after about 3 hours and the boat starts doing about 7.5 kts with its smallish jib and the main (the screacher wasn't set up yet - don't ask). We reached the beginning of the channels to the Port of NY, just outside of Sandy Hook, at about 2AM. Being chickens (some would say prudent) we decided to drop the sails and motor since it was night and none of us was that familiar with the channels. Chose an outside channel to avoid some of the shipping traffic and anchored off Staten Island right near the Verrazano Bridge for about 2 hours or so (again trying to time it right for hellgate). My friend and I emphasized to the dealer how important it was not to hit Hellgate at the wrong time. So at about 8AM on Tuesday we fired up the engines (no wind anyway) and headed for the Verrazano. We had timed the current to be with us up the East River and at half throttle we were doing 7.5-8kts. So naturally, after talking up the currents in Hellgate, it was as calm as glass as we hit it just before slack tide. By 2PM, we were on the mooring for the first time in CT.
So why is this a BFS? Because finally the sailing season has started, and its always a BFS in my mind when you sail in open water at night. Nothing like it. Here's to hoping for an extra long season this year!