Aug 8, 2019
On a sunny and windless day we led Alicia and another sailboat into New York Harbour. There were lots of cargo ships and navy destroyers coming in, but they had their own deep-water channel so our trip was an easy one. Once inside the harbour it was unusually quiet. Even the Staten Island ferries were absent. We were able to get up close to the Statue of Liberty and we took some great pictures. Alicia was headed up the East River on the first leg of their trip back to Sweden, so we said goodbye to them and we headed into the Hudson River. There the traffic got crazy. We found the ferries, taxi boats, tow barges, pleasure craft of every description and for good measure a fleet of very small sailboats from a local sailing school. The water was a mess of waves coming from every angle. A seatbelt would have been a help at that point! Our plan was to stop at the 79th Street mooring field, but one look at the way the boats already moored there were rolling in the waves and we kept going. There is no way a person could have moved about, cooked or slept on a boat in those waves. In 2010 on our first Loop we spent 3 days in New York exploring so leaving it behind this time was not a heartache. We can go back by car some day.
What can you say about a river and a couple of canals? They are liquid highways with a lot of trees along the shoreline. However, there were a lot of photographic moments, so this blog will be a pictorial blog. Enjoy!
Until next time……
– Longtime CY staffer Lynn Lortie and her husband Pat left Midland the summer of 2016 to make their way into the Great Loop and head out on a three year sailing odyssey. Follow their progress right here in CYOB.