Port Washington, Long Island
Another overcast day and another first light departure from
Port Jefferson to catch the flood tide along Long Island Sound. We had a
good SE wind with the additional help of 1.5 knots of current, so made a fast 8.5
knots over the ground.
Mid-morning the rain came lashing down giving Macushla and
her sails a thorough wash down. The torrents continued so we filled the
water tanks and all our jerry cans and were then happy for the rain to stop. However
just as we were approaching Port Washington the most incredible thunderstorm
engulfed us, reducing visibility in the heavy rain to barely a boat length. Scary
stuff! Fifteen minutes later, with visibility restored, we made our
approach into Manhasset Bay; very glad to have arrived and soaked to the skin.
We were heartened by the availability of a town mooring buoy, free for the
first 48 hours, and were soon enjoying an arrival coffee in dry clothes.