Today, Long Island Sound - Tomorrow...
Here we are in Port Washington, at the Eastern end of Long Island. We've had a good couple of days in Greenwich, and before that Port Jefferson. I'll try to write about those at some point but right now we are off for an earlyish night because tomorrow is a big day.
We're getting up at 6am to leave at high tide, 7am, and ride the ebb tide through Throggs Neck, Hells Gate, the East River and around the tip of Manhatten to anchor, hopefully, behind the Statue of Liberty. It's something I've dreamt about for years, having vowed a few years back that the next time I saw New York would be from the deck of my own boat. And here we are, a few hours away.
Camera is charged and ready, so we'll post plenty of photos. Last night we could see the brightly lit suspension bridges at Throggs Neck, the glow of the skyscrapers in the distance, and this morning we could see the murky shadows of the city skyline in the distant haze and, I'm sure, hear the groans of despair from Wall Street. The coastguard tells us that there will be an exclusion zone around the Wall Street Heliport tomorrow and we'll have to ask permission to go past, so someone pretty important must be flying in.
Once in town, we'll spend a week there exploring the Big Apple, the kids seem as excited as we are at the prospect, so it should be a fun time. But first the challenge of twenty miles of tricky navigation, fast tides and busy waters to get there. Goodnight, time for some sleep.
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