Long Island Sound and places in between

We finally made it to the Chesapeake Bay. It feels like we’ve accomplished something huge! We’ve completed leg 1 and are taking some time to kick back and relax.

Our apologies for no blog posts this past week but we’ve been super busy getting to a secure harbour because of all the hurricane fuss and also, I used up all the data so we couldn’t post 🙄. But we also had the great fortune to meet some wonderful fellow cruisers and are spending time hanging out with them and exploring the area.  Thanks for all your enquirers though, it makes us feel special!

Mackeral sky
Mackeral sky

To catch up on things, having lolly-gagged in Newport for four days and having a load of fun, we finally pulled anchor and headed further west into Long Island Sound. We sailed along the Connecticut coast, having toured a little in the area last year while on a boat hunting trip. Connecticut is lovely, and is chock-a-block with marinas and boats. Our first night we settled into a little place called Old Saybrook, where we had visited the year before.  It was pretty and also had are free moorings for the night, which is a bonus! We tied up, got the boat ready, had a nice meal and settled in for the night.

Beaut Skyline
Beaut Skyline
Mmm, bread
Mmm, bread
I am a bridge fanatic
I am a bridge fanatic
Hanging Out
Hanging Out
The Smile says it all.
The Smile says it all.
Kick back and relax
Kick back and relax
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Oysters.
DCIM101GOPROGOPR4987.
New solar panels.

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DCIM101GOPROGOPR5028.
Water taxi into the city.

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What we didn’t fully investigate was our proximity to the river. Essentially we were sitting in a channel with significant tide, so Ingomar was rolling and tossing all night. It was the worst sleep we had on board yet and we were up pretty early the next day to make our way further into Long Island Sound.

I was pretty keen on crossing over to Long Island where there are fewer river channels like we had experienced on the Connecticut side the previous night. We used our tools we had at hand to find a great spot to hang out and Oyster Bay was the winner. We pulled in late that night having completed almost 70 nm and dropped the anchor in a beautiful harbour. Oyster Bay lives up to its name and early the next morning we awoke to a boat, dragging the bay for oysters.

The area is gorgeous with large estates that line the shore, nestled in lush settings with sprawling lawns that ease into sandy beaches. Out front there is usually a lovely yacht or fast looking power yacht. We stayed in Oyster Bay for a couple of days but decided to venture in further to situate ourselves closer to New York City. Travelling down the East river can be a challenge as the tides and currents that flow through the river can get tricky and once again timing is everything. We decided to get close enough so we were within an hour of Throg’s Neck, the gnarly entrance to the river.

I read about a place called Port Washington, about 25 nautical miles west of our location in Oyster Bay. We did a quick sail over, arriving around 11:30 am into a busy and vibrant harbour.  Port Washington is probably the most accommodating harbour we have encountered since we started cruising. They have free mooring balls and pump-outs for boaters, and also offer a water taxi for a nominal fee to take you into the city.  The town dock was abuzz on Sunday afternoon with families and fishers lounging in the sun, fishing off the dock or out for a stroll. They have a pretty boardwalk that borders the perimeter of the waterfront, with parks throughout.

We took our dinghy into the town dock and went off to do some exploring as well as provisioning.  Our food supply on the boat usually only lasts about 4-5 days because we tend to eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. Also, our fridge is limited in size so I typically have enough food to do about a week before the pantry thins out and before I have to get really creative.

One very cool thing about Port Washington is the significant amount of fish in the water. It is teaming with schools of fish, which the locals called bunker.  Consequently the bird population was thriving with egrets, gulls, swans, geese, terns and so on and made for a very active place to sit and watch. Filbert loved it and tried more than once to catch a cormorant or gull that landed on our stern. He also had a bit of a scuffle with two local swans, where I had to intervene.

The winds came up once we’d settled in Port Washington which meant we couldn’t go anywhere for at least 3-4 days. We had a north easterly with gusts up to 40 knots, so we settled in and spent equal time relaxing and working on the boat. We had bought Flexi solar panels at the Newport Boat show and installed those while in Oyster Bay.  We also did some maintenance such as installing a navigational light in the dinghy, which is a must in many US harbours. We’ve seen the Coast Guard ticket several boaters for not having proper navigational lights aboard when travelling at night. I also did a thorough cleaning of the boat, taking cushions out to air and cleaning all the lockers etc. The weather had been very hot and sunny, so it was the ideal opportunity.

On Tuesday we decided to take a run into New York City and explore. I cannot imagine a better city to explore! The train from Port Washington to New York took about 40 mins and was $13 round trip. We headed to Eataly so I could get some provisions not readily available in the stores we’d been shopping in and we also took time for lunch. Eataly, boasts 60, 000 glorious feet of Italian food with 6 restaurants, and areas dedicated to cheese, charcuterie, pasta, bread, fish, meat, olive oil, vinegars, sweets, wine and produce. After Al dragged me out of the store we headed down Broadway and walked through Soho and Tribeca, checking out the sights. We walked to lower Manhattan and toured the Freedom tower and 911 Memorial fountain.  It’s still surreal to see the size of this area and how much was affected during 911.  After touring lower Manhattan we took the subway back to our train station and headed back to the boat, beat but happy.

Al in Tribeca.
Al in Tribeca.
Al vs. NYC
Al vs. NYC
Freedom tower.
Freedom tower.
Liberty
Liberty
Manhattan skyline
Manhattan skyline

NYC longshot

Favourite building
Favourite building
Stone at Tribeca fountain.
Stone at Tribeca fountain.

The next couple of days were more overcast so we hung out and read. I’ve been completing a book every 3 days or so and love having this much time to devote to reading.  Al has also been kicking back and enjoying the leisure component of our adventure.  Finally when a weather window opened we decided to make the jump, and after consulting tides and weather reports to ensure we we were entering the river at the right time, we made our great escape to NYC. We had little doubt as we neared New York that our timing was fine, for there were many sailboats and power boats all headed in the same direction.

Sailing down the East river and past New York city was beyond thrilling. I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, that sail would have been near the top. Our transit went without a hitch, with courteous boaters all around us and very little commercial traffic. As we neared the Statue of Liberty, traffic increased significantly, with loads of tourist boats and helicopters in the area, and an increased presence by the NYDP via fast boats.  I took a gazillion pictures, revelling in seeing the iconic structures from a new viewpoint.

We all need more sleep
We all need more sleep
Captain #2
Captain #2

After sailing past the Statue of Liberty, we headed towards Sandy Hook, where we planned to anchor for the night before sailing down the New Jersey coast.

Its been so much fun this past couple of weeks, and while its been challenging we are loving the experience. Our apologies for the length of time we took to post this entry, but its been busy. We’re currently in Chesapeake Bay headed for Annapolis and the boat show and plan to get you all up to speed on our current plans.

Cruiser.
Cruiser.
Sailors sky
Sailors sky
Art shot - sea shadow
Art shot – sea shadow

 

Author: tess

A full-time adventurer, I am sailing our 37-foot Tartan with my husband and kitty, to the Caribbean from Newfoundland while documenting it on our blog, greatbigsail.com

9 thoughts on “Long Island Sound and places in between”

  1. Yo seapeople. Awesome awesome awesome……got me right depressed reading about yer fun time as I sit here watching the leaves turn brown and die. That’s the way to do it though hey! No farting around, take a year and go! So, I’m like Jackie, full of questions but I’ll save them for another time…..I will however offer a suggestion! Is it possible to attached a Google Map outlining your travel so we can see it from a map perspective??? I constantly have to go to Google Maps to see where it is yer too so I can see what it is your talking about…..OK enough about me and my laziness. Al your looking right trim by the way, is Tess feeding you?

    1. Hello land lubbers! You gave us quite a few laughs with this message. First off, yup Al is being fed but the advantage to this gig is you can eat, and drink all you like and the pounds stay off. Sweet eh?

      Thanks for the google map tip, I will be incorporating in the rest of our posts. I just did something like it in our video but pretty general. We love good ideas. And yes send questions too!

      Hope you’re both doing well and gearing up for your next adventure!

  2. Fantabulous photos! So this blog made me think more about the technicalities of cruising. Like how much does a mooring cost and do you reserve them like hotels or treat them like travel hostels and hope there is room at the inn when you arrive? Do you have to radio authorities with your sail plan, much like a plane with a flight path? Is there such a thing as a mooring or harbour passport that is stamped? Does Filbert vomit often and where? I am apparently curious on Thursdays..lol. Eataly, what can you say but I wish one existed in my neighbourhood. I can see how sailing past NYC would be even more thrilling that visiting, the Hudson is a busy spot. Things sound wonderful abaord Ingomar and I am envying Filbert more than any of you—what a Jesus life he has. Looking forward to you video. xxoo from me and my familiar. Extra xxoo to Filly ❤️

    1. Thanks Jac! You’ve definitely inspired me to write a blog answering your questions. Stay tuned 😊 for a how-to brief of a cruisers life.

      NYC via the water was so fabulous but it’s like I said to you before, to really appreciate the sail you had to walk it first. It’s my favourite way to see a city.

      Filly says hi to you and Murph! XO from all the crew.

  3. AFT,
    what a pleasant surprise this morning, waking up in sunny MAH,Nl, to see an update from the Ingomar crew, almost as exciting as finding the red cherry in a dish of fruit cocktail.
    Sailing down the Hudson, past NYC must have been surreal, wha?
    Love the photos, Love you. Carry on.
    By the way, I was hoping to see a photo of the truckload of provisions, purchased at Eataly🧀🍞🍾

    1. We aim to please! Actually I was feeling bad about not updating so I stayed up late and did it. Al calls 8pm ‘sailors midnight’ so I was up until the wee hours, like 10!

      Sailing the Hudson is one of the coolest, most memorable things I’ve experienced. I loved it!

      So my Eataly haul turned out to be more quality than quantity. But funny story – we got back to the dock waiting for the water taxi to pick us up, and it took about 7 mins. When we got back to the boat, we were beat, but I had the fixings for an awesome meal. But the bag was in in the dock! We’d both forgotten it there. Much relief when I returned to find it still there! Crisis averted.

      Love from the crew!

  4. Well thanks Tess,I’m all caught on your blogs now and as usual enjoyed them to the max.you made me laugh so hard when you said you had to step in between Filbert and the swans lmao. Hope everything goes well and take care of yourself and the crew of the Ingomar.cheers

    1. Hey Yak! I have a video of the swan incident, I’ll get it posted.

      Thanks for reading along with is. Nice to have ya along for the ride!

      1. Please do,I would love to see it.in so do enjoy reading about your adventures. You guys are no where near that hurricane eh.I was just listening to the forecast and they have it at a level 4 and could go to level 5.thats5some strong winds.they even shut down Disneyland. Take care honey.⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵⛵

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