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|06-27-2007 09:30 PM|
Originally Posted by JimsCAL
Also, lots more places to stop and visit.
|06-27-2007 04:00 PM|
I just returned from the trip, and it was great. Sailed down the East River, past Manhattan to Sheepshead Bay YC in Brooklyn. Very friendly people there.
Next day, we sailed all the way to Shinnecock inlet (over 70 mi) and then onto Montauk, where we ate at Gosmans Dock (seafood doesn't get fresher), before cruising to Block I to watch the scene during BI Race Week. The sail was easier than I feared, and the Shinnecock inlet wasn't a problem, though tricky to navigate w/o GPS at night in the narrow channel once inside. Block I was great, and the return cruise through The Race into LI Sound was uneventful (in a good way!). Thankfully, we had steady breezes throughout the week. That made all the difference, or the trip would have taken much longer.
Now that I have the experience under my belt, I'd do it again without hesitation tomorrow (if I could get off from work for another week!)
|06-27-2007 03:04 PM|
|hellosailor||You might find 7' of water in some parts of the GSB but keeping you eye on the charts and tide heights will be crucial.|
|06-27-2007 02:14 PM|
|gc1111||7 ft. draft would be tricky and very restrictive. A locally knowlegable sailor could manage, but I think a stranger would get lots of practice in ungrounding. A lot of the Great South Bay is 8-10 ft. deep. But a lot is less. Much depends on where you want to go. If you are headed for one of the FI communities between Fire Island Inlet and Point o'Woods you might well be able to make it. Make sure your towing insurance is adequate!|
|06-27-2007 11:52 AM|
Originally Posted by nk235
|06-24-2007 12:51 PM|
|JimsCAL||kptmorgan04 I am guessing you are a USMMA graduate. I am a graduate of the Class of 1968 and just retired from there after 28 years on the faculty. Don't let the fear of light winds scare you away from some of the best cruising territory in the Northeast. Acta non Verba!|
|06-23-2007 01:46 PM|
I'm not sure how far off you'd stay for best progress, there's westbound current along the shore further out than you might think, so it is a matter of staying outside the shore currents (more than a mile, perhaps 2-3?) and staying inshore from any commercial traffic, then picking a post where the wind is strong and the swells gentle. In the ALIR races, where the winers don't really want to share nav secrets, it seems to be 3-10 miles out is the sweet range. that will vary of course, you'll see fish traps, ocean buoys, curves to stay out clear of...plenty of room for personal choice.
Matter of fact if you come up in the last weekend of July, you can "escort" the ALIR race fleet.
|06-23-2007 11:22 AM|
|camaraderie||Do an overnighter and just come around Montauk for your anchorage in sheltered water with no inlets to worry about.|
|06-23-2007 08:58 AM|
Transiting the South Shore of LI I generally just follow a 40 ft. depth contour. The bottom is very regular and even. I think the puts me about a half to one mile off the beach, but I have never measured it.
If you are from Cape May, you are probably familiar with running inlets. But only the Shinnecock Bay inlet is "improved" like Cape May inlet. And do some trip planning. Unless you have an unusually fast sail boat, you cannot make the run in one day. So you either go overnight or come into an inlet for the night.
|06-23-2007 06:48 AM|
hmmmm, I was planning on doing this trip in late july and was oringally thinking go through the Long Island Sound, for scenery, shelter, possible stop by my old college, etc.
Maybe I will check the weather/wind forcasts before doing so and choose either through the sound or south of the sound the morning of the sail. I do remember many windless days at sailing practice at Kings Point in July/August, and those started at 4.... but there were also some days with good breeze, guess the weather forcast will pick it for me.
How far off Long Island do you typically need to stay if you go south of the island?
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