Through some cosmic randomness we arrived today at Liberty Landing Marina exactly 2 years to the day when we arrived on our way to the Bahamas. Life, eh?
Set off from Oyster Bay after a few boat tasks including emptying one of the jerry cans into the fuel tanks as we might or might not make it to NYC if we didn’t. A low wind day sadly although we have had some of the best sailing of the trip on Long Island Sound. Today’s route took us down the East River and at the mid point is Hell’s Gate where the confluence of two rivers and the the tide can make for an uncomfortable ride to say nothing of slow. So, we departed at 10:30 to arrive at Throgs Neck Bridge (no, not a spelling error) so we would mostly have current in our favour but not too much to affect our boat handling. The most current we hit was about 3.5 knots so a good ride without being dangerous. We met some traffic mostly ferries but also barges and some pleasure boats. Along the way we passed Rikers Island with its prison and opposite a weird looking ship that turned out to be a prison ship. We went under the flight path of La Guardia Airport and past the UN Building, under the Brooklyn Bridge and by Battery Park with its great view of the Statue of Liberty. For those keeping track, Battery Park marks the most southerly point of our voyage.
We had to shoot across the ebbing Hudson River so had to pay attention to the current pushing us down river. We arrived safely just after 4pm and had time to straighten up and pour drinks before Tarja arrived by train from Syracuse —- Tristan had kindly given her an early morning ride there.