After our “fun” anchorage in Reedy Point DE, we enjoyed out stay in Cape May very much with one exception. Our neighbors the Hughes in Arlington have a weekend place in Cape May and we had hoped to meet up with them. Unfortunately our weather window was open and we could see it closing so we had to set off.
We departed Cape May at 03:00 (AM) enable to ride the tide our of the bay. This was to be our longest non-stop passage to date at just over 200nm. We have never transited these waters on our own before and the first time always adds a little anxiety. We were also crossing the shipping lanes going into NYC so figured that could be interesting. In the end we had calms seas, fair winds and the big ships worked with us to stay out of each others way. In the end an un-eventful passage.
Our first sight of New England was the Point Montauk, Long Island, NY. As it turns out my friend Tom Leclerq’s grandfather was the light keeper here.
As soon as we saw the weathered gray shingles we knew were not in the mid-Atlantic any longer! We made it to New England!!!
The Admiral seems to have faired pretty well on the overnight passage.
We had intended to go to Lake Montauk on Long Island but friends contacted us on the radio so we decided we would meet up on Block Island. The mooring field on Block Island is referred to as the Salt Pond. It is an inland lake that provides 360 degree protection from the winds and seas.
As well as SV Exuberant we also met up SV Chantaclear, SV Braveheart and SV River Rat. We will spend a couple of days catching out breath and exploring before moving on to CT.