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Vacation is finally in sight. We are leaving Thursday for a 21 day trip to one of our favorite sailing areas. Today and tomorrow is final provisioning, but it's not like we are headed to a dessert area without stores or restaurants. Thursday we begin by sailing up the Chesapeake, MOTORING through the C&D Canal and anchoring at Reedy Point on the Delaware River about 58 miles. We wait there anchored for the Express train ( current) to take us on the torturous green fly laden boring motor down the Delaware River. The current sets up perfect for us as a 5 am anchor raising gets us into Cape May by 2-3 PM. We luckily can get through the Cape May Canal ( 55 ht bridge) by 2 ft saving us 2 hours.

This part of the trip we will be accompanied by friends from our yacht club who are staying in Cape May for 1 week. They have to go around the point though so we will meet the at Utches Marina our old friends for 20 some years. Great place to stay. Close to everything. Good restaurant Lazy Bones across the street which has some of the best Jamaican Black Bean soup I have ever had. From there to the fresh fish market at the Lobster House to find seafood for the grill the next two nights which are at anchor. Since Cape May host a large offshore fishing fleet there is always a great supply of good fresh fish including Mahi, a Tuna, and Grouper my favorites. There we need to rest up as we have a long day up the coast of my old stopping grounds of NJ.

Destination is Barnegat Light. An inlet not for the faint of heart or the novice. I lived in Ocean City N J for 20 years and understand this inlet, and will measure the factors on the way up the coast to decide whether to bail out at Atlantic City or pass Barnegat and go straight to Sandy Hook. Once you get to know this inlet and the factors which make it too dangerous to go in you can make a prudent decision. On good days this is very begnign and doesn't portray to be a trecherous inlet, but I have seen it when it swallows up boats and the rollers across it deposits them on the Rock jetties or the sand shallows aground in the inlet entrance. A couple boats are lost here every year. By people who don't read the signs and try to chance it. Lots of accidents happen when transitioning from deeper ocean safety to try and run in shallow inlets where conditions are exaggerated many times. This leg is 72 miles. The reward....one of the best scenic anchorages behind a lighthouse with a cool ocean breeze.

The following day is a jaunt up to Atlantic Highlands to await the second expresss which us the incoming current to sweep us past Manhattan through Hell Gate to the Long Island Sound. We haven't been to AH since Sandy came through and are anxious to see how it has recovered. We have lots of friends in the area. Tempest who we hope to see going up or back is his stomping grounds. Last time up we were anchored next to him and didn't even know it. This leg is a quiet 55 miles. From the anchorage behind the breakwater you can see under the Verrazano Narrows and Manhattan.

The next day is a ride of fascination past the Statue of Liberty up past Wall Street, the United Nations, under the famous 7 bridges to the Sound and Port Washington, our first time there.

Many ask us why we don't just do the straight 36 hours straight to Block Island a Route. We have but we enjoy the towns and stop overs along the way to much and since our first time up on thus adventure prefer to enjoy each individual place and not get licked into having to get to a particular city/ destination once up there. We do have certain places we'd like to go yo, but never are disappointed if gt weather intervenes or we get somewhere, really like it and stay on for a few. After all it's vacation.

This time up we are hoping to stop on the way up in Milford first time there fir a few days, Fishers Island, Block, Newport for a few days, Greenport or Oriental, Old Saybrooke and Northport. Leaving a few days in Cape May on the way back. That's in the perfect scenario, but well play it by ear.

Our friends and club mates T37chef took a trip up this year for the first time offshore and they loved the experience and hopefully one year we will travel together . I know they are going back, by his enthusiasm and his recounting his trip. And his daughters and wife loved it.

We'd love to meet up with any SN up there as we have in the past so if you are close by to where we are give us a shout. You could track our AIS signature on Marine Traffic or Beacon . Our. Signature is Haleakula.

My wife and I look forward every year go this . Our 5 year is always a pilgrimage to Haleakla on Maui where we got married.

Hope to see some of you on the Sound

Dave
 

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I always like to put in a plug for Watch Hill, RI. I much prefer it over Fisher's Island and it is worth the 2 mile channel. I hope this beautiful weather we have been experiencing up here holds out for you.
 

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That's a good outlook on Barnegat Inlet. The anchorage up behind, south of the CG station in front of the commercial dock has great protection. Staying inside the little red buoy right in front of the CG station is the only difficult/narrow spot. As long as there is not a big break and opposing current, the inlet requires constant attention at the wheel but it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be. A challenge is avoiding all the powerboats that want to zoom by as you're trying to maintain direction in breaking waves and strong current.
 

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Chef:

You probably already know this, but the town of Port Washington maintains about 20 moorings for transients. I believe they are even free for the first 24 hours on weekends, and 48 hours during the week (channel 9 on vhf I think). They are a short dinghy ride to the Town Dock, which is walking distance to a number of restaurants. There is also a new dinghy dock that is opposite Stop and Shop and West Marine if you need provisions. Just go past the Town Dock and follow the channel to port leaving the marina on your port side and you will see it past the rock formation with the American flag flying on it.

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Dave,
Local to Port Washington, happy to lend support and would be great to say hello
when you are in area.
Keep in mind plenty of free moorings for 48 hrs weekdays/24 hrs weekends(yellow lining channel) in Manhasset Bay and plenty room/depth and good holding for anchoring.
Restaurants/provisions all close. Small town dock, north of main dock is across street
from large StopnShop (or just call me) for provisioning, along with more restaurants.
More on local tidbits and some East river/western sound history later.
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Hi Chef,

I'm in Milford. It's a great place to stop. The anchorage near Charles Island is great in the nominal west to south-westerlies that we get for most of the summer. It's crap in wind SE to E, but you can go across the 'gulf' to the beach and anchor there for a while. There is no anchoring in the harbor, too small, but there is an all-transient marina at the head of the harbor. If you stop over mid week there should be plenty of availability. There will be no slips available the weekend of August 16th because of the Oyster Festival and probably not again on Labor Day.

It's a great location at the head of the harbor, plenty of bars/restaurants nearby with a chandlary (Milford Boat Works) within walking distance. I can recommend 7 Seas for great Fish 'n Chips and lobster rolls, Archie Moore's for good wings and sports, and Bistro Basque for wine and tapas. The nearest grocery store is about a mile away, but there are plenty of taxis and it's not a bad walk if it's a nice day. The Yacht club is right at the harbor entrance. They have a few transient slips available. They also have a very nice restaurant as well as a pool with showers, etc.

Send me PM for contact info if you want a ride to the grocery store when you are in town, no trouble at all.

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I am hoping to make a similar trip for the first time next summer. I read T37chefs thread with great interest and expect to learn a lot from this one too. Thanks for posting and have a great time.
 

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Look forward to following you Haleakala on AIS and perhaps we can hook up and of course always willing to lend a hand or info if you make it to my homeport of Greenport. The sailing here is always "da Kine" and perhaps we can swap stories of my former home ,Pukalani, Hi.
Fair winds, Rick
 

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Look forward to following you Haleakala on AIS and perhaps we can hook up and of course always willing to lend a hand or info if you make it to my homeport of Greenport. The sailing here is always "da Kine" and perhaps we can swap stories of my former home ,Pukalani, Hi.
Fair winds, Rick
We love Greenport. Mitchel Marinia is great also with the carousel next there. Quaint town. Great BBQ restaurant if I remember. And the grocery is so close but had wired hours.

We are undecided after Block wether to continue to Newport or do Montaulk/ Greenport.

Will keep in touch
 

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Dave,
Local to Port Washington, happy to lend support and would be great to say hello
when you are in area.
Keep in mind plenty of free moorings for 48 hrs weekdays/24 hrs weekends(yellow lining channel) in Manhasset Bay and plenty room/depth and good holding for anchoring.
Restaurants/provisions all close. Small town dock, north of main dock is across street
from large StopnShop (or just call me) for provisioning, along with more restaurants.
More on local tidbits and some East river/western sound history later.
Hugo
Thanks for the info and offer. We should be there a week from Monday August 18.
How's the Harbor Deli. Looks like a good place.
If you want to stop by for a drink, its on me
Always wanted to meet you on a trip north

Dave
 

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Today replaced the joker valve...what a pain. Changed all the fuel filters. New hose for the washdown pump. Got out the Kellet. Ca liberated the radar. Checked all the lights. Pumped out the put water in holding tank and checked the mascerator briefly. Thursday won't come fast enough.

Our outboard isn't working despite two trips for repairs. Cleaned varnis out of carb and pump first, then replaced the plug. It won't even come close to catching and starting.grrrrrrrrr
 

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Since I take it you will be coming down the sound, as you you get close to the east end of Long Island Both Port Jefferson Harbor and Mattituck Inlet are good places to lay over for the night. Both have nearby stores and resteurants . Mattituck is very close to me and there you'll find a quite anchorage or if you prefer to pay ,Strongs Marina with all amenities. Town is a block and a half walk to Love Lane a quaint street with P.O. , Popular eatery, grocery store, and other shops.
 

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Aug. 18th, hope to be sailing home from eastern sound that day,
will try to come by and say hello.
Harbor deli very good! ..also for something more exotic across street
is Mediterranean Marketplace Turkish deli and more, and restaurants Shish Kabab and
Fish Kabab...(it's all greek to me!)
Everyone goes to Louies, good seafood, not cheap.
If interest...some history for when your coming up the East river...
Love doing river full current, only time boat has seen 11 knots!
East River is not a river...actually is a Tidal Strait!
Washington's army of 9,000 men crossed east river from long island to manhattan night of Aug 29th 1776 escaping from sure defeat in battle of LI/brooklyn...thinking somewhere below Brooklyn bridge location...using fisherman soldiers from Mass.
for oarsman.
Wallabout Bay immed. SE of Williamsburg bridge, site of Brooklyn Navy yard, also site of British prison ships during rev war ..11,000 american prisoners died more than 2x number
who died on battlefields during war..used to find remains along shore up until recent.
HMS Hussar sank around Hell Gate many millions in gold still in river.
Mill Rock /Hell Gate site of largest man made explosion, thinking around 1885, until
Hiroshima bomb...better cleared river for navigation.
North Brother Island (near Rikers Island prison) Typhoid Mary 1st quarrentined , then lived (coming and going) on island to her death.
Have to prepare now for my own cruise to Fishers Island area tomorrow
if any wind out there!
Will pm my info to you hope to meet up next monday.
Hugo
 

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Since I take it you will be coming down the sound, as you you get close to the east end of Long Island Both Port Jefferson Harbor and Mattituck Inlet are good places to lay over for the night. Both have nearby stores and resteurants . Mattituck is very close to me and there you'll find a quite anchorage or if you prefer to pay ,Strongs Marina with all amenities. Town is a block and a half walk to Love Lane a quaint street with P.O. , Popular eatery, grocery store, and other shops.
Mmost years we stop at Port Jeff...have taken a moooring at Seatauket Yacht Club and also anchored at Mt Misey this year because of teh Hell gate tides we are a little later entering the Sound and we wanted to try Port Washington as well..

Funny you metioned Mattituck. We discivered it 3 years ago when we were returning from Montauk and were trying to get to Port Jeff. Hard wibnd on the bow that day so we decided to chance it as a freind of ours had gone in there.

Very narrow winding channel but the payoff was that beautiful anchorage at the end. Who would have thought. Thanks for the information about the town and shopping. We definately will stop there again
 
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Dave,
If you decide to spend a night at Liberty Landing in NJ/NYC do give me a shout. I'm right across the river from LL Marina. LL now also operates some moorings on the Manhattan side near Chambers St. if you are craving some pricey fancy food. Cost of overnight mooring was $75/night last time I checked but mooring field could get a tad bouncy.

Loved Mattituck when we stopped in there over 12 years ago.
 

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Enjoy! Just got back from 2+ weeks visiting many of the places you will be visiting - Northport, Pt. Jeff, Milford, Westbrook, Stonington, Block Island, Watch Hill, Ziegler's Cove, etc. Hope your weather is a good as ours was.
 

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So we started early Thursday and sailed to the top of the Chesapeake in record time close hauled. We averaged over 7 with a small current assist to make our SOG over 8. The canal was boring as usual. We decided to try and stop at the new Shaffers to top off with diesel. It was a cluster with only one pump and one attendant and a waiting line 8 deep. We soldiered on stopping in Summit North for cheap deisel $3.89 . Place at mid tide was 7 ft the shallowest and well kept as a stop over. We kept going anchoring behind Reedy with our friend . Was bumpy for a while as the wind gusted to 29' but at sunset everything calmed down.

I must say our friend with his Hunter 38 was not happy. His boat sailed at anchor all over the place and he didn't prepare for the current . We on the other hand had a Kellet down the rode and were fine. His squat ass platforms was getting slapped head on by the waves and contributed to his unease.

We left a 4 AM this morning with NW wind at 15 a sailed down the Delaware ( a rarity) with the Express ( current) behind us. SOG over 9. We are just about to enter the CApe May canal as we are 53 Ft mast in record time down the River of 7 hours. No Greenheads as the breeze was stiff. Staying at Utches tonight and leaving T 4 am to make Barnegat Light. Having dinner at Lazy Bones and then picking up fresh fish for the next few nights at the fish market at the Lobster House. Our friends are staying in Cape May for 5 days.

Great weather and great beginning of our vacation. Forecast is for pleasent a
Temps and begnin winds the next few days as we trudge up the NJ Coast.

More later...tomorrow the fearsome Barnegat Inlet
 
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