Port Washington, Long Island

Mark & Sue Owen
Sat 29 Sep 2012 17:40

40:49.74N 73:42.52W

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.