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Re: Chesapeake to Block and the LI Sound

I`m guessing you are in Oyster Bay, not Cold Spring Harbor. Sagamore Hill is TR`s family home and was the summer White House when he was President. The complete restoration done a few years ago was really well done. It`s one of my favorite places to take out of town guests.
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I`m guessing you are in Oyster Bay, not Cold Spring Harbor. Sagamore Hill is TR`s family home and was the summer White House when he was President. The complete restoration done a few years ago was really well done. It`s one of my favorite places to take out of town guests.
Actually I am in Cold Spring Harbor . An old friend of mine is a past Commodore of Whalers Yacht Club, plus I am a past Commodore of a yacht club on the Chessie so there is some kind of reciprocity since both are members of YCA.

Second time I’ve been to TRs house. First was before the renovation. I love going there and can see why you’d take guests there.


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I know where Whalers Yacht Club is. Mostly power boats from what I remember. The restaurant across the street and up a bit (Harbor Mist) is very good. And on Mondays and Tuesdays, all food is 1/2 price.

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I know where Whalers Yacht Club is. Mostly power boats from what I remember. The restaurant across the street and up a bit (Harbor Mist) is very good. And on Mondays and Tuesdays, all food is 1/2 price.
Very nice houses line the way in...very protected . Yes almost all members are power boaters, as is my friend lol.


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Re: Chesapeake to Block and the LI Sound

Sailed down the rest of the Sound from Cold Spring Harbor, rockets thru the East River at 10+ motoring and ran smack into a dishwasher in NY Bay ( we were going to try and make Manesquan potentially) .

Saw the front combing through neR 5 so we anchored behind Atlantic Highland breakwater close to shore as the SE wind was wrapping around the corner of the highland at 20+. Marred boats were hobby horsing pretty good. At 6 the lightening and big boomers came through and washed all the salt off Haleakula which she accumulated trans versing NY Bay.

Tomorrow looks like a motorsIl down the Jersey Coast. Leaving at 5AM. Most likely Barnegat is the anchorage with and outside chance of Atlantic City if all factors line up. Friday also looks pretty benign down the coast. We will spend a few days in Cape May depending on winds in the Delaware Bay before heading up the Delaware for the Chessie. Current runs 7 hours up the river at 6AM which will allow us to take it through the C&D Canal.
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Had a great sail down the coast after rounding Sandy Hook from Atlantic Highlands.....well that’s until Manesquan where we ran into sailors least favorite obstacle...FOG. 1/2 mile visibility.

Thank god for, chart plotter, digital radar, AIS. Many captains of boats communicating to each other. . While we have a separate AIS B and can be identified by others, at least having a Standard Horizon VHF with AIS A would be helpful. The radar also showed tracks of different vessels too.

We are in Our favorite Barnegat anchorage behind the Lighthouse. Dinner is NY Strip Steaks , Yukon gold potatoes and tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. We’ve been eating out a lot ( 6 lobster rolls , mahi, Salmon ( with SanderO) and Swordfish for me, Donna has had 4 lobster rolls, Salomon, and Stonington scallops 3 times.
We even bought scallops in the Stonington Self serve store.

If you ever get to take the ferry from Galalie ( Port Judith) there a real local seafood restaurant there that’s unreal.
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Re: Chesapeake to Block and the LI Sound

This sounds like it was a great trip... Do you think you would have liked more time so you were not on a tight schedule? You certainly hit a lot of great spots in LIS... and the weather was pretty good for you I suspect.

Sounds like you have a super (current) electronics package. And equipment reviews?

My old motto... it's never too late to feck up.... so keep your guard up.
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This sounds like it was a great trip... Do you think you would have liked more time so you were not on a tight schedule? You certainly hit a lot of great spots in LIS... and the weather was pretty good for you I suspect.

Sounds like you have a super (current) electronics package. And equipment reviews?

My old motto... it's never too late to feck up.... so keep your guard up.

It has been a great trip , one of the highlights was meeting you. I agree with you we would have liked more time but coordinating three weeks off with Donna and my schedule was difficult enough.

I have 6 more weeks to use this year, but after being gone three weeks in a row my business starts to sufer. Soon this will be a non issue as we will be retired and have unlimited time.

The trip from Annapolis itself is 4 days to Atlantic Highlands of an average of 65 miles. And the same back. That’s 8 of our 21 days. As we have in a he past seven tried to concentrate on on or two areas. A three day stopover in Mystic, with side trips to Newport and Block. We got to anchor in Old Saybrooke, visit Northport , Port Washington, Cold spring Harbor. Saw the Nautilus and Teddy Roosevelt’s house. That’s a lot of touristy stuff.

Ate our fill of cold water lobster and seafood, though we have good seafood in Annapolis of a different type. Had some seriously good meals. One with you , the dive at the ferry in Pt Judith, Fords in Mystic I’d recommend to others. Also the Red Parrot in Newport....best lobster roll.

Best of all my wife and I got to spend some quality time together. This is always the goal of our vacations. I haven’t thought about work or even read one e mail for two weeks.

She improved her sailing skills in many types of situations and weather. She has much more understanding of currents , anchoring in large tidal changes, and sail trip in increasing winds. We’ve gotten to sail a lot.

With 6 more days to go. Been a great trip weather wise too.

To others if they get a chance to meet up with you do it. To you you have a buddy in Annapolis should you ever venture this way to explore the Chesapeake. A very different experience with many anchorages everywhere and virtually no moorings. Great towns like Havre de Grace, Rock Hall, Baltimore , St Micheals, Solomon’s, Yorktown to name a few. Lots of history too as the first colony Jamestown is at it mouth.
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Safe and sound in Cape May.
Fantastic sail over 6 knots...wind from the west and the SE. covered 64 miles.

I am a proponent of having the main raised when traversing and inlet in case of emergency....and today exiting Barnegat the alternator belt broke. It was benign conditions but Barnegat isn’t a very nice place. While the main was powering us out we had time to quick unfurl the jib and get out a couple miles and away from the inlets influence so I could mutter a thousand curse words and change the belt.

All the time Donna went down the coast on main alone till I finished. We still made Cape May in 13 hours.

Managed to see many dolphin pods and even a huge green turtle sunning himself on the surface


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Kinda disappointed that I didn’t get to meet chef while he was in Mystic. Hope that other SNers coming to Mystic check with me if I can be of assistance.
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