Arrival at Block Island
Date 1440 – Monday 13 June 2011 (UTC -4)
The early hours of the morning were less eventful so far as shipping was concerned but variable winds kept me amused as I had sails in and out to try and get a lit to assist the engine. Some hours of favourable tidal current helped but there is always the downside to that when the tide changes.
The cold light of dawn was exactly that. We have become spoiled by
balmy tropical nights and the baking hot
Noon saw us with Long Island on our port side and gradually our
The Great Salt Pond anchorage is somewhat reminiscent of St Georges Harbour
An excellent mooring, picked up with absolutely no fuss put us within easy reach of the dinghy dock.
The charming harbour master came by, collected his fee of course, and
provided a very enthusiastic introduction to the island. He has a boat in the
Taking ourselves ashore we walked the 1½ miles across the island to the
main town of
This is very much a holiday destination; the huge number of bicycles for hire waiting for customers is an indication of the numbers. The harbour master told us that you can get over 200 yachts in the harbour on a busy July and August weekend plus thousands of people that come by ferry. It all looked very peaceful to us – the lull before the storm.
We celebrated our arrival with a drink and meal ashore overlooking the harbour and Caduceus before returning before returning to an early night cap and ten hours of uninterrupted sleep; wonderful!