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Well done. Fine Tartan you have. Will serve you well for many adventures. Great photos.


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Chris Im thrilled to read your write up and hear you had a really fine trip! You had pretty much best case scenario ...Ive had two trips with sloppy following seas from Moriches to Montauk where the breeze coming up on reaching the lighthouse was a huge relief... Glad the Thumb worked out for you.
I lived on Block for awhile and treasure the experience. Compliments on your 28' and have a great September sailing...its the best time of all.
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Sounds like you are hooked Chris! Welcome to the club. Block Island is one of my favorite places. Anchoring can be interesting and getting a mooring in the summer is a challenge, but it's worth the efforts. Now you can explore all those other places - Newport, Watch Hill, Martha's Vineyard, etc. on future cruises.
Thank you both! I am definitely hooked and cannot wait for longer cruises in our area and even further. Thinking I'll need at least 2 weeks for the next passage so I can make it to Newport. Now, the trick is to find a new career path to allow for this lifestyle! It would be great to rendezvous with you Long Island sailors one of these days!
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Some fantastic photos in your dropbox folder Chris. You can look at the Milky Way anytime you want to now!

Sorry Hermine screwed up your plans but you did the right thing by getting off the water before she squatted here for a few days. Your mellow would have surely been harshed by the conditions we had.

It is good to build your confidence by first taking short-ish trips and you have done just that. Congratulations. Enjoy planning your next, longer trip.
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Fabulous Chris! WOW you really push it late! The westward sail sounds like one for the memory bank... Hold on to that one!

You need to get that boat into the sound and sail in Gardiner's bay... lot's of very lovely places in Southern NE.

Chris, stunning album... thanks for sharing!
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nice to be here.
my first sail experience was in Algeria last month, very excited.
I am really love this sport
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Nice trip and thanks for reporting. What navigation did you use?
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Some fantastic photos in your dropbox folder Chris. You can look at the Milky Way anytime you want to now!

Sorry Hermine screwed up your plans but you did the right thing by getting off the water before she squatted here for a few days. Your mellow would have surely been harshed by the conditions we had.

It is good to build your confidence by first taking short-ish trips and you have done just that. Congratulations. Enjoy planning your next, longer trip.
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Fabulous Chris! WOW you really push it late! The westward sail sounds like one for the memory bank... Hold on to that one!

You need to get that boat into the sound and sail in Gardiner's bay... lot's of very lovely places in Southern NE.

Chris, stunning album... thanks for sharing!


CalebD, Thank you very much for the compliments and encouragement! I'm not too upset about the trip getting cut short because I was able to catch some of the awesome surf that Hermine left us on Long Island I feel much more confident after this trip and will be planning the next (longer) one soon!

SanderO, Haha yeah my girlfriend and I had to plan it around her changing jobs and it worked out perfectly.

I will never forget this trip, especially the westward sail home! After a few more trips like this (much longer ones) and participating in the Clipper Race, I am hoping to have enough ocean experience to purchase a larger boat in the Mediterranean, sail it back, and possibly keep it on the North Shore (that's my rough 5-year plan). This way, I can take advantage of all the ports and harbors of New England on a regular basis.

Thank you, SanderO, for all your helpful input and advice for this trip. I will be sure to reach out to for some advice on planning my next trip!

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Nice trip and thanks for reporting. What navigation did you use?
Thank you, GMC, for helping me plan it! I used a handheld Garmin 72h and plugged in all my waypoints and routes that I charted before the trip using mapsource.

The top of my upgrade list consists of an Auto Pilot system (manning the helm for several hours on end was grueling) and obviously fixed GPS system to accompany it. Do you have any recommendations?

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No problem! You're more than welcome to come up to NPT and do some sailing with me... Bring your partner of course or not if she's not able to. I like the plan! But I think you need to enter something like the Marion Bermuda race and get some ocean experience before attempting a delivery from the Med to NY. Looking for the right boat takes time and you can't buy without survey and sea trials and fitting out with upgrades probably. You need spares and lots of familiarity with a boat you are going to cross the pond in. I think FL is one place to find inexpensive boats. But anyplace where a couple divorces or the owner decides he's too old can be a good buy. I don't think a crossing makes sense for a shakedown cruise. ;-)
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The PITA in sailing up and down the Sound and out east to Nantucket is the timing of the journey with the tides and wind. When they work perfectly you can make a passage rather quickly. I've hit 12 knots going thru the race! And I've see boats literally making no way sailing against the current in Plum gut. Timing is everything!
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