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Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

Had a hell of a blow here in the Adirondacks. We were on tornado watch until just a short while ago. Trees are down all over the place, one right across my driveway. Power just came back on after about 4 hrs. Looks like E. LIS is just getting it now. If the front runs a normal course, it will probably blow hard for another 12-24 hrs and then get really nice. Hope the OP did not get caught out in it. I just delayed launching until some of this settles down. The Atlantic looks like a churned up mess, Africa just keeps spawning em out, and "Son of Isaac" is reforming in the Gulf...geeeez. It's surely turned into an active year.

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Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

Meh. I went to Centre Island beach this afternoon. The wind was honking near 30 knots from the S/SW. We swam on the LI Sound side beach. There were white caps on the Oyster Bay side and a few windsurfers were scorching back and forth on reaches, as they like to do.
The Sound side beach was extremely flat as was to be expected but I could see white caps forming on the surface about 1/2 mile from shore. The gusts, or Cat's Paws were amazing as they ripped the surface on their way towards Stamford, CT. I saw one sailboat that had it's sails up that was possibly making its way towards Norwalk. Another sailboat was motoring with no sails back into Cold Spring Harbor. As we left I noticed a tug and barge headed west nearly directly into the SW winds. Every now and then I could see a bit of white spray at the front of the barge 3 or more miles away. I know there were some waves out there but if the OP was hell bent on making his way east they could have easily made Port Jeff and maybe even Greenport.
When the front passed I was in my car on my way home. The front itself was not as impressive as the sustained winds before it came and only dumped a quick downpour that confounded the usually idiotic traffic.
Would I have taken my own boat out on the Sound today? Not likely, but I have been on the Sound on a 50' Bendytoe when there were sustained 35 knots and gusts to 50. The Sound is not so protected when the wind gets that strong.
If Peterchech(OP) wanted some higher wind experience he likely got it on LI Sound. Sailing on the Atlantic today would likely have been a nightmare.

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Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

it looks like you could get your "offshore" experience on the sound this weekend. Take it! Even a 24hour straight sailing can be done, but the best part is that if you feel that you need a break, just duck in one of those CT harbors. Perfect.
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Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

I was hoping to get some feed back from the OP on just how the trip went and which route they chose. Maybe it is too soon to expect a post, but apparently all must be well.

I must say that I am intrigued and impressed by the extra challenges faced by east and west coast sailors, like serious tides and rocky and unforgiving coastal features, which we, down on the GOM, do not have to deal with for the most part.

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Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

The OP's profile says they last signed on this morning. Good to know they're okay, but apparently not talking about it.


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Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

All is well, the first night we experienced a sudden change in conditions. From 8 knots wind and mirror seas to 20 gusting at least 25 and 4' breaking seas and rain. Happened within literally less than 2 minutes, spilling our late evening snacks all over haha. With the darkness and the crew feeling tired we decided to seek harbor. The next two days we were sailing in small craft advisory conditions in the sound, great fun with the 50% jib up and reefed main doing 7-8 knots in the gusts but only 4 in between, riding the swells. Glad we took the sound since crew fatigue that first night was a factor. Other than that we got to the block, had a great time, got to Newport in time for the boat show, and are heading back this afternoon.

Incidentally I met the designer of the new c&c 33, got a tour of the boat too, super cool.
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Very glad to hear it! Thanks for the follow up.
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Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

Glad to hear it went well and you made the right call when crew was fatigued. Sign of a good Captain.

Let us know if the show is worth visiting this year. I usually avoid the crowds and prefer the Annapolis show. However, I can't make it south this year and am considering Newport. Maybe best in a new thread.


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All is well, the first night we experienced a sudden change in conditions. From 8 knots wind and mirror seas to 20 gusting at least 25 and 4' breaking seas and rain. Happened within literally less than 2 minutes, spilling our late evening snacks all over haha. With the darkness and the crew feeling tired we decided to seek harbor. The next two days we were sailing in small craft advisory conditions in the sound, great fun with the 50% jib up and reefed main doing 7-8 knots in the gusts but only 4 in between, riding the swells. Glad we took the sound since crew fatigue that first night was a factor. Other than that we got to the block, had a great time, got to Newport in time for the boat show, and are heading back this afternoon.

Incidentally I met the designer of the new c&c 33, got a tour of the boat too, super cool.
Thank You PC for posting. Interesting, and we are glad to see you had a safe adventure.

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Re: Hurricane leslie coming north, need I be concerned?

Got back home yesterday.

The way back was mostly upwind from Newport. It is so cool to feel the boat heeled over 20-25 degrees and get into that groove, just humming along home. You can feel the power of the sails, and of the boat turning 15 knots wind into 6.5 knots boat speed. I sat on the low side most of the day, trying to nap as much as possible in preparation for the overnight 24 hour passage we had planned to get home. Simple tasks like going below to grab a jacket or make a sandwich became insanely difficult as a gust would now and then get the rail under, and now I know why posters here recommend so many handholds. as night approached, the crew didn't want to sleep so I took the first off watch. I slept till about 1 am, when the crew woke me up and wanted to sleep. I drove for the next 3 hours solo, taking the helm from the autopilot and hand steering to keep alert. Interesting experience, as the seas built to 2-3 footers and we slammed along upwind at full speed and I had some navigational tasks to attend to throughout the night, routing the bot around various shoals and lighthouses. For a while i was seeing shadows on the horizon that i thought were land, and i thought i was on a collision course. After checking and rechecking charts and gps, i realized I was just seeing things and soon enough I saw no more shadows. At 4 am I was relieved, but I kind of wanted to keep steering solo. Something about being by myself under the stars, steering by compass as the boat heaved through the swells, felt awesome. We did 115 miles in that 24 hour period, not bad I think.

I now know for sure that some serious offshore voyages will be in my future. Just sailing the boat, feeling the motions, working towards a goal, forgetting all else worldly and mundane to life, and the up close interaction with nature and its elements, makes u feel alive. Pushing the boat, keeping it moving fast, watching the froth pass by the hull while just ticking away the miles, is its own reward. And getting to the destination and having that harbor beer is the icing on the cake

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