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05-14-2003 03:21 PM
Long Island Sound Visit

Did the trip from Worton Creek last year will go angin this July. I strongly suggest going from Cape May/AC straight to Block Is. The ride throgh NYC is busy and choppy with lots of traffic. Hells gate is nothing if you time it right but Western LI is very light air. Port Washing and Port Jefferson are good friendly stops with lots to amuse. Block on the 4th is a zoo and lots of fun. We will be going straight past to Nantucket leaving around June 25.
05-13-2003 08:18 AM
Long Island Sound Visit

wayne: email me offline and i can tell you whatever you want to know about Newport. (what to do, where to eat, etc.)
05-08-2003 07:10 PM
Long Island Sound Visit

Sand Hole is a possibility still, but enter and exit on a mid-tide rising and you''ll be able to do it. Even if you touch there''s nothing in teh channel but sand and the tide rises so quick you''l be free in no time. Best if you can follow someone in there (weekends and holidays you''ll always have a bit of traffic). But don''t even think to try it at night. Its such a wonderful place, its nice if you don''t miss it.

Here is one or two pics.

05-08-2003 06:10 PM
Long Island Sound Visit


Thanks all so much. I''ve completely revised my sail plan based on your generous advice. I''m giving up the Sand Hole and looking into the nearby options you folks suggested.
We''ll move more quickly through the western Sound and include time in both Mystic and now Newport too. Block Island is still my jumping-off point for Cape May, NJ. We plan to be at Block the weekend AFTER the 4th of July and arrive late afternoon on a Sunday. Maybe we''ll find a mooring, but your advice on anchoring in Great Salt Pond will be applied if the moorings are taken.

Hell Gate will be a 1st for us but there is plenty of advice on timing the transit to the tide and it works out nicely for a ~9:00 am trip on the 6th of July.

thanks again
05-03-2003 07:18 PM
Long Island Sound Visit

Sailed to Block last August on a Tuesday and at 3PM all moorings were don''t cound on getting one...there was however plenty of room for anchoring so no real problem there.
Other suggestions for the trip:
Northport Harbor...moorings available and nice town at your doorstep...same for Port Jefferson (setauket YC rents moorings in SE corner of harbor)...pretty "touristy" but fun for a day or two.
Fischer''s Island...for a pristine anchorage and good shelter. Definitely second the recommmendation on Deering Harbor/Greenport.
Have Fun! GB
04-25-2003 09:19 AM
Long Island Sound Visit

Hey teetor -- how do you identify those Port Washington town moorings and where do you find them?

04-22-2003 06:18 PM
Long Island Sound Visit

I would avoid Block Island during the week of the 4th AT ALL COSTS! The salt pond is tremendously crowded during then, and they raft 4 to 5 deep at all the marinas. And getting a town mooring during then is impossible. If a breeze kicks up, or a storm runs through, there will be dragging boats everywhere! Millions of dollars of damage, and it''s always some fool with a 37'' Sport Fish on 2:1 scope with a 15lb lunch hook out.

What a shame, because I have been going to "The Block" for almost 40 years and it is one of my favorite places. Steer clear during "The Season" and enjoy it''s charms when it is not crowded.

The western end of LI Sound is notorious for it''s lack of wind, and it''s famous "5 O''Clock Lull" Try and stay east of middle ground. The Thimbles make a nice waypoint, but can also get crowded during the summer weekends. If you need to "Go West" in the Sound, the Norwalk Islands are an excellent place to stop. Stay near the outer islands, and the channel leaves little room for error. Eaton''s Neck on the LI side is neat also, as long as you don''t draw over 6''.

Just remember that the local nickname for LIS is "The New York River". Lots of commercial traffic to watch out for. Barges, Tankers, and Container ships ply those waters quite regularly.

Gee, wonder why I sail there!
04-22-2003 10:55 AM
Long Island Sound Visit

I concurr with a previous comment. LI Sound is fickle as far asa the wind is concerned. Also, the Bayliner crowd can be fierce on a nice weekend.

Block Island on the 4th weekend. be prepared to anchor and avoid at all costs Old Harbor. Nothing there but a bunch of strange ones wearing a ton of gold and pouring hard booze down their throats while trying to impress the girls from Cranston.

Newport is a much better place. Plenty of water, resturants, watering holes etc. Morings are available and inexpensive. Good launch service and a couple of dinghy docks, one free, the other paid. Also a good anchorage at Dutch Issland and Wickford is a delightful place. Try Pleasant Street Wharf in Wickford for transient slips or moorings.
04-22-2003 09:48 AM
Long Island Sound Visit

With your draft, you''re pushing your luck at Sand Hole. Try instead:
1. Anchoring at Lloyd Harbor (hang a right at the lighthouse when entering Huntington Harbor)
2. Anchoring behind Great Captain''s Island on CT shoreline. Beautiful scenery, free view of local fireworks show on Friday nights
3. Free town moorings in Port Washington, always available.

Re Block Island: I''ve only entered Great Salt Pond at night - knock on wood, no problems as long as you follow charts carefully. Sunday morning moorings start emptying out - keep a lookout and you should be able to grab one, unless it''s a holiday weekend. I''ve anchored there three times in blows, holding ground is pretty good near center of pond.
04-18-2003 07:37 AM
Long Island Sound Visit

Just one other thing - there are enough tides and currents in Long Island sound to make them a factor. What may look like a days run may end up being a long day - especially if you are sailing and the winds and or current are not behind you.
todd V
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