Join Date: Jun 2000
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Are you planning to stop at night or sail through? There are more places to duck in to on the Connecticut shore of Long Island Sound as you head West. The big hurdle will be Hell Gate, at the East River. Get a copy of Eldridge's Tide Tables, which explains things pretty well. For overnight stops from Westerly you might want to consider Fisher's Island or New London, Westbrook, Guilford (though it's a bit narrow), Branford (NOT New Haven), Milford, Stratford (though it's a bit of a hike in), Black Rock, Southport, Darien, and Stamford. A lot will depend upon the wind and how much sailing you want to do in a day. To get the tide right at Hell Gate, you'll probably want to overnight near the end of the Sound, possibly in Rye, Larchmont, Port Washington or perhaps City Island, NY. If you pick the right day, you can leave early in the morning, catch the tide going through Hell Gate, and then round the tip of Manhattan when the current changes so you'll be carried up the Hudson as well. Make sure your engine is in good shape! We've been through a couple of times, and the wind is never that helpful.