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Awesome sailing day

On Wednesday, I met two friends with whom I used to attend work and one of their friends and we set off on our adventures. One had never sailed before, although he is the possessor of an (ugh) 16 foot fishing boat. (The ugh is for fishing, not the boat). We left the dock at around 10:30 AM. sailed north up the Thames past Electric Boat and the New London ferries, and took off down the river. It wan't long before the wind piped up to around 15 mph, and we blasted through the Race like nobody's business. Bob, the tyro, maintained possession of the wheel for a majority of the time, and was loving it. There were rollers coming out of the southwest, big ones for the Sound, and we were taking some significant water over the bow when we were zipping through the rips. Boat speeds were mostly over 6 kts, occasionally touching 7 kts. We made one tack near the tip of Gardiner's Island, finished our circumnavigation of Little Gull, Great Gull and Plum Island, and tore through the Gut. Somewhere, on one of our tacks, we lost my small, waterproof set of charts overboard. No-one even noticed when they went. Fortunately, there are many spares on board, but once through the Gut, the situation is pretty straight-forward the rest of the way. We ducked behind an east-bound tug and barge and a west-bound tanker, and as we tacked away from Millstone Point, we encountered a two-masted schooner which I thought might have been Amistad, but the masts didn't appear raked enough. As we re-entered New London Harbor, we encountered an older 688 class submarine on its way out to conduct navigational training, interesting to all of us because of our common experience at EB. We ended up docking around 1600, having put exactly 36nm on the GPS, although some of that might have been vertical. With the boat properly secured, we retired to Stash's Cafe, a former biker bar across from the marina that gentrified itself somewhat when the new Pfizer's complex became occupied. I was treated to dinner and a couple of brews, and can't wait to do it again. See you on the water,
Bill
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Fun! Thanks for sharing.
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