Block Island, Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard

USA - 18Aug-23Sept 2012

We are still taking pictures and will upload them as soon as we can.

Pat and I returned to Hampton Va on the 18th of Aug and after a busy few days set off in one direct hit, 2 full days & nights sailing to NE of New York, Block Island from there to Cuttyhunk, overnight anchor and onto our real objectives of Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard, holiday home for the rich and famous of America. It was everything we had imagined and we have had a wonderful 2 weeks in this unique area. Since then we have spent 3 days in Newport Rhode Island on the mainland, see blog then left for a move West to the Mystic River which had been recommended by Jim. From here we moved after two nights to anchor at the Thimbles in Long Island Sound for one night then further West into Long Island Sound to the picturesque and quiet Oyster Bay just 20nm from New York (see blogs). 2 nights here to catch up with work and plan the New York passage through the East River and Hudson to our home for 5 nights at Liberty Marina.
After a somewhat fractious night worrying about traffic, bridge heights, Tides etc. we entered New York City with no problems on a beautiful sunny morning of the 14th September.
We simply had an action packed fantastic 6 days in New York, Manhattan and New Jersey, see the blog for more detail and some pictures .
Later on Thursday 20th we sadly left back South to Virginia and the Marina we first entered the USA at the South end of Chesapeake, arrived early Saturday 22nd September.

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Hampton to Block Island
Hampton to Block Island

Leaving Chesapeake we had to motor the two days North East of New York, 2 days Pat and Stu crew, arriving early in the morning at Block Island.

Block Island Coast Guard House
Block Island Coast Guard House

At the entrance to this safe and welcome anchorage after two days non-stop sailing for Pat and I.

Sad to Leave
Sad to Leave

But heading to Newport Rhode Island

Hampton to Block Island
Hampton to Block Island

Leaving Chesapeake we had to motor the two days North East of New York, 2 days Pat and Stu crew, arriving early in the morning at Block Island.

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Newport RI, Mystic, Long Island Sound

Newport Rhode Island (NRI)
Newport Rhode Island (NRI)

Sailing from Marthas VineYard a short distance to the unique and famous Newport Rhode Island (connected to mainland by bridges). It was very busy in the bay here with all buoys taken but we spotted another Discovery Yacht - a 67ft Tillymint and anchored a several boat lengths from them.

NRI
NRI

The old part of the town is restored and maintained to house numerous up market shops and restaurants. We had great weather here.

The Thimbles
The Thimbles

After Newport Rhode Island and Mystic we continued East inside Long Island Sound, we needed two stops to time the entry into New York so we anchored overnight off the Thimbles. This is mad just very expensive houses each perched on a rock that is its own Island, maybe 25 Islands in all. The final stop was Oyster Bay again we anchored and once again large houses around the banks - one was once Roosevelts Summer house.

Newport Rhode Island (NRI)
Newport Rhode Island (NRI)

Sailing from Marthas VineYard a short distance to the unique and famous Newport Rhode Island (connected to mainland by bridges). It was very busy in the bay here with all buoys taken but we spotted another Discovery Yacht - a 67ft Tillymint and anchored a several boat lengths from them.

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New York

East River
East River

So after a night with the very best Internet on the entire trip in Oyster Bay we get up very early to time the tide in the East River as it narrows at Hells Gate and can get to 4 knots or so - not serious but not efficient. As you can see perfect day no fog. There are numerous ships and barges at this back end of New York as you enter the Bronx.

One of the Eight briges
One of the Eight briges

All of these bridges checkout to be over 100ft clearance but that's in the center. BriZo has an Air height of nearly 80ft and on most bridges as you look up the perspective looks like you are going to hit each one.

Bruce Springsteen + East Street band
Bruce Springsteen + East Street band

He was brilliant 3.5 hours solid and he never once went off stage ! The Metlife stadium is the new home of the NY Jets and Giants.

East River
East River

So after a night with the very best Internet on the entire trip in Oyster Bay we get up very early to time the tide in the East River as it narrows at Hells Gate and can get to 4 knots or so - not serious but not efficient. As you can see perfect day no fog. There are numerous ships and barges at this back end of New York as you enter the Bronx.

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