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06-08-2012 06:19 PM
Re: Port Washington to Block Island


This is an old thread from a couple years ago.

06-08-2012 10:15 AM
Re: Port Washington to Block Island

We are leaving Port Wash June 13, Weds Sailing out east to Mystic along Connectoicut

Hope to meet some of you.
03-16-2010 03:36 PM
midnightsailor I hope to join up with some of you folks this summer. I
t looks like I will be spending most of the summer living aboard my Freedom 33 in Mattituck as I am pretty sure I will not be staying at my current marina in Greenport after the next couple of weeks. I will keep an eye on this thread to see if I can connect with those of you that are passing by my way and hope to be able to arrange to go along with the trip to Block. My schedule is very busy inthe summer as I work on boats but I should be able to put together a couple of weeks to do block and thereabouts. Rick
03-16-2010 08:54 AM
trip dates


Some dates to be aware of:
2010 Block Island Race week is June 21-25. So forget about the weekend before and the weekend after. The next week has July 4 on the following Sunday. So I plan on going to Block the week of July 11.

I haven't worked out the particulars yet. I might leave Sat, July 10 and sail to Mattituck or Greenport. Then I would go to Block on Sunday.

Of course this all depends on the weather.

My crew would be my wife and 3 kids (girls age 15 and 12, boy who is 9).


Originally Posted by Culinary411 View Post
Allright folks...time to put in for vacation for this trip. When are we doing it? I think this decision should be based on when when the best weather window is generally present (those of you lifelong LI Sound sailors would know better than me),
03-16-2010 08:16 AM
WanderingStar Chef, Mt Sinai is a great harbor, but no anchoring. No room, not permitted. The Yacht club has a couple of guest moorings, and the town dock accepts transients. Port Jeff is right next door with lots of room to anchor.
03-15-2010 11:01 PM
chef2sail We are leaving Baltimore/ Annapolis on July 24th with stops at Reedy Island (Delaware River), Cape May, Barneget Light, and Liberty Landing Marina (Ellis Island) along the way. We should be anchored in Mount Siani on July 28th if the weather is reasonable. Our intent is to make the trip to Greenport or Southport in one day. From there we are ging to see what the weather brings before we plan onward. Our intentions if it is good to go to Cuttyhunk from there then Vineyard Haven (Marthas Vineyard), comming back to either New port or Block before heading back down the Sound. We would love to meet up with some of our LI Sailnet contacts along the way.

03-15-2010 09:22 PM
Culinary411 Allright folks...time to put in for vacation for this trip. When are we doing it? I think this decision should be based on when when the best weather window is generally present (those of you lifelong LI Sound sailors would know better than me), also at what month or days of the month are the tides going to be in our favor for the longest period of time during daylight hours so we're not navigating through The Race at night, and last but not least, at a time frame where Block won't be as full as race week or 4th of July... Those of you with advanced plotting software and electronic charts that wanna help out with some calculations I would greatly appreciate it. Maybe use Mt. Sinai as a starting point and plan it from there....also, I have space for one or two crew with experience so I don't have to singlehand it the whole way again.
02-04-2010 11:04 PM
BarryL Hello,

In 2007 I sailed from Mt. Sinai to Montauk, then from Greenport back home to Mt. Sinai a few days later. On a trip like that I will motor if I have to so that I make at least 6 kts. By timing the tides I can average 7 kts SOG. So the trip isn't too bad.

I am looking forward to a trip to Block. I will post again when it gets closer. It would be great if a bunch of us could do it.

02-04-2010 06:02 PM
tweitz Mt. Sinai to Orient is quite easy in a day. I once managed all the way from Huntington Harbor to Three Mile Harbor in a day -- about 10 hours. This was with a very strong following wind (and some pretty big waves) but without a spinnaker. The big extra push was timing the currents right before and after plum Gut.
02-03-2010 12:30 PM
nk235 Hi Dave

Yes you can definitely make it from Mt. Sinai to Greenport in one day and it should only be about 9 hours. I did the reverse trip from Greenport to Smithtown which is further west than Mt. Sinai and I think it was 11 hour total.

Also Greenport is a really nice little place to stop. I don't know when the last time you were there was but a couple of years ago they built a very nice town marina with floating docks and great facilities. It is located right in town with less than a minute walk to some great restaurants, bars, shops and marine stores such as Preston's.

Marina link: Greenport Village, Long Island, New York

You would have to round Orient Point but I would suggest passing it and going in further to Greenport as there isn't much to do in Orient at all - really just a residential area with a ferry and a restaurant or two.

You do still have to worry about the tides/currents going from Greenport to Block as even though you are not going directly through the Race or Plum Gut you will still get 2.5-3.5 knot currents on either side of them for quite some distance. However since the trip from Greenport to Block is only about 7 hours you can really use these currents to your advantage. Just leave at slack tide and you will have 2-3 knots of current helping you along the entire way. I did the trip from Block to Greenport 3 years ago in my first boat - a small 25 ft day sailer and after the first hour we did an average of 7.5-8 knots over the ground the entire way to Greenport(the boat only did 5.5-6knots over the water).

Mattituck inlet is another nice option if you are leaving from Mt. Sinai. When we go we usually leave Friday late afternoon (so we get an extra day of vacation after work) and with an ebbing tide we make it "dock to dock" to Mattituck in 4 hours. The inlet itself is very pretty and very quiet and almost feels like a small river down south. At dead low you have about 5 feet of water at the lowest spot so if you draw 5' or more you may want to time your entrance. The inlet winds back and forth for about a mile and you have three options - anchor all the way in the back where it opens up into a little circle. It is very pretty back there but can get tight with a lot of boats making the same stop over point. You can also dink into the marina right there and there is a very good but kind of expensive and fancy restaurant right on the green there. Your second option is to stay at the Marina there which is called Matt-A-Mar Marina but I would make reservations in advance and it can be expensive. The third option which we did last year and really had fun was half way down the inlet there is a kind of run down red building with a small dock attached to it. This is actually a pretty good restaurant that you can sit in or outdoors and get some good and relatively inexpensive food. The dock continues next door where there is a real small marina with a side dock to pull up to. Late afternoon and night no one is there so you can tie up, get dinner and leave early the next morning before anyone arrives all for free. If you want to stay in the morning for a little you just pay the office $40.

If you stay at Mattituck it is really important to time the tide and if you do it right you will rocket to Block in about 7.5-8.5 hours and even getting up to 10.5 knots over ground going through the Race. If you time it wrong and leave against the tide you will be doing 2-3 knots over ground for a good 6 hours. The currents are just really strong in the eastern part of the Sound even when you are not near the Race or the Gut but again this could really help you if you sail with them.

So sorry for the long post but I am sitting inside with snow all around freezing my butt off and thinking about this stuff is the only thing exciting right now lol.

Where do you usually visit in the Sound when you come up? How long have you been coming up here? I sail my Morgan 323 "Capricorn" out of Mt. Sinai and my fiance and I usually travel to a different part of the Sound every weekend whether it is CT or LI so we have been just about everywhere in the Sound. Then once a year we try and do a long trip for a week and half out to Block then either go to Newport or some different ports in RI or eastern CT. I think it would be great if we did get a bunch of us together for a trip like this or if not a long one maybe even a weekend cruise while you are up.

If I can help out in any other way with info or suggestions on routes or ports just let me know.

Thanks and have a good one!
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