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Busy week–summer coming up!

Posted by on July 15, 2012

Our current plan is to leave VA Beach on Tuesday, heading to Great Kills which is on Staten Island, NY.  It’s about a 40 hour run so it will be our biggest jump to date.  Once we get into Great Kills we will re-group on Friday and then prepare for our next leg on Sunday through the East River and Hells Gate into Long Island Sound and Stamford CT.  Our friends Clare and Brian will join us on Saturday via the following modes of transportation to get from CT to Staten Island:

  • Drive to the marina in Stamford, CT
  • walk to the train station
  • Train to Grand Central Station
  • Subway to the ferry dock
  • Ferry to Staten Island
  • Cab to the marina
  • Overnight on boat
  • Start the 8+ hour transit through Hell’s Gate

Both Clare and I boated for many years in Connecticut and always heard stories about Hells Gate.  We have both sailed through Plum Gut, the Race and Fishers Island Sound and now we are going to check off Hells Gate.  I came across this list on the Coastal Boating Website and before the summer/fall is over we will have knocked off all of these challenges except the Maine fog.  (We will certainly get our share of New England fog so not to worry.)  Whole lotta interesting stuff coming up for us on Masterplan over the next few months.

CB Top 10 Challenging Cruising Waters in the Northeastern US

The East River waters boiling all around us. We chose Hell Gate as one of the most challenging (and fascinating) bits of water in the Northeast.

1. Hell Gate, NY

2. The Race, NY

3. Fishers Island Sound, NY

4. Woods Hole, MA

5. Plum Gut, NY

6. Maine in Fog (anywhere NE in fog)

7. Nantucket Sound, MA

8. NJ inlets in a storm

9. Vineyard Sound, MA

10. Tie – Delaware Bay, PA/DE/NJ

10. Tie – Buzzards Bay, MA



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