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Will be sailing my (new to me) 1983 Sea Sprite 28 from where I purchased her (Pocasset, MA) down to my home waters of the peconic bays on long island. Looking for any advice, thoughts, experiences from others who have made similar trips.

Will be heading up this Sunday and planning to leave Monday morning on the first leg and hopefully make it to Cutty Hunk. Then for the second leg, Cutty to Block. And finally, Block to Greenport, LI. I took the week off from work, so I am not in a huge rush, so I can wait for the best weather conditions. Also want to relax and enjoy the learning process of sailing a new boat.

I have done this sail before but on a much larger boat (Catalina 42), but that was 5-6 years ago. Just looking to see if anyone had any advice on tides, routes, local info, and anything else that may be helpful!

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Re: Buzzards Bay to Greenport, LI

Eldridge's is your second best friend in these here parts.
1. weather
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Thanks for the advice - I have my copy at the ready! Are there any areas in particular, that planning for current is important? Just want to figure out if there are any trouble areas I can make sure to plan ahead for.
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Re: Buzzards Bay to Greenport, LI

Not much to add, it's pretty straightforward. Check wind and current. When they oppose, it will chop. The leg from Block to Greenport feels long, probably because you see Montauk early, then Gardiner, but still have a long way to go.


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Re: Buzzards Bay to Greenport, LI

Cuttyhunk to Block could be a long way in a 28 footer at this time of year. I suggest planning Third Beach or Newport as bail-out options for day 2. Then head to Block, or Pt Judith, on day 3. You could be in Greenport on day 4.

The strongest currents that you could encounter are probably as you exit Pocasset Harbor.

Weather (especially this year) will be the biggest factor.


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Re: Buzzards Bay to Greenport, LI

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Cuttyhunk to Block could be a long way in a 28 footer at this time of year. I suggest planning Third Beach or Newport as bail-out options for day 2. Then head to Block, or Pt Judith, on day 3. You could be in Greenport on day 4.

The strongest currents that you could encounter are probably as you exit Pocasset Harbor.

Weather (especially this year) will be the biggest factor.
Appreciate the advice. I think i am most worried about the cutty - block run myself, so will definitely map out all possible bail-out spots, in case the weather turns, or any other issue that may arise.
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The prevailing winds are from the southwest. The transit from Cutty to Block is heading 265ºM (aka. on the nose) for 31 miles with some serious fetch... Third Beach is a well protected anchorage/mooring field that should be a close hauled heading (285ºM). After 13 miles close hauled you will be happy to see RW "SR" and then fall off to a beam reach to third beach. The next day will be a 20 mile close haul (if you are lucky - heading 245ºM) to Block, but you will be somewhat protected by Pt Judith Neck.


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Appreciate the advice. I think i am most worried about the cutty - block run myself, so will definitely map out all possible bail-out spots, in case the weather turns, or any other issue that may arise.
I think that's a fun run. Put a line out. There is some good fishing ground, when you get close to Block. I grabbed a mahi-mahi out there, but it was a bit later in the season, when the water is warmer.

If you take the rhumb line from Cutty to Block, once you get abeam the first real bail-out at the Sakonnet river, you'll be about equidistant to it and Block. If you're worried about the leg, you'll be best to stay closer to shore, making the total trip a bit longer.


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Re: Buzzards Bay to Greenport, LI

Best advice... ride the tide... makes a huge difference.
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Appreciate the advice. I think i am most worried about the cutty - block run myself, so will definitely map out all possible bail-out spots, in case the weather turns, or any other issue that may arise.
Done that leg maybe a dozen and a half times. The currents can definitely help or hurt, depending on timing. You can shave a little distance by cutting inside of the 1bi bouy that's about 2 miles off the north tip - the bar doesn't run all the way out to it, but feel around slowly and watch other boats in the area cross it (usually a line of boats fishing at the tipe rip there.).
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