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Re: Sailing from Port Washington to Montauk
Welcome to the forum Bill! Yes you can do it in three days but as Tommays has mentioned you must time the currents correctly. CURRENT is what you're interested in, not tide tables. If you have a copy of Eldridge, it has all the info. you need. Pay special attention to the graphics of current movements in and around Plum Gut/The Race. I usually plot my tentative position, hour by hour, right on the little hourly charts of LIS, backtracking from just before Plum Gut where the current gets crazy. If I have to buck a knot of current in LIS for a while it's a hell of a lot better than hitting 4 knots (or better) at Plum. I have done this trip in either direction, usually from Port Jeff, a number of times easily in one day. From Port Washington, you'll need more time against current in the Sound. Whether you go via Plum or The Race, you need to hit them at the right time. Expect crappy square waves in Gardiner's for a while if you go Plum.
The wind on LIS is always a factor on this trip. If you have to beat into a opposing wind, it will throw a monkey wrench into your plan. 3 days is tight. So you need current timing and a weather window. Bailouts are few: Mattituck on the LI side or running over to Conn. in a northern blow. Avoid any prediction of high E/NE winds. The Sound can be nasty.
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Last edited by smurphny; 09-01-2012 at 03:57 PM.