Fishers Island in Long Island Sound

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Harvey Jones and Andrea Stokes
Fri 24 Sep 2010 00:47
41:16.907N 71:58.658W Thursday night

We had a successful day today as we wanted to cover a lot of miles with minimum stress. We got up at 0600 and left our dock in Nantucket as the sun was rising. It was really warm and muggy, even at that early hour. The wind had died away overnight but soon picked up again from the North so we could get the sails out and I had a lovely sail Westwards past Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

As we turned South, the wind died away so we motored for most of the day from there. We got a bit of swell once we left the shelter of the islands but the sun was shining, it was warm and we were all having a good time. I got to have an afternoon nap after lunch and was soon fast asleep in our cabin. Then I got up and took over from Kali so she could get some rest. Sam cooked up a delicious dinner with the last of our Arctic Char from Greenland.

We'd spotted a selection of good anchorages along the North shore of Fishers Island so we headed in there and picked this one just as the sun was setting. The timing was perfect. We dropped the anchor, the sun set, the moon came up and we turned on the anchor lights, all within about 2 minutes. It felt like we used every minute of daylight but avoided having to anchor in the dark which is always a bit stressful. In the end, we covered 89 miles in the daylight which is pretty good going and we're all satisfied with that.

We're starting to see a lot more ship traffic now. There was a large cruise ship on the horizon at one point and was saw a massive tug pushing an equally massive barge. There are commercial fishing boats everywhere and hundreds of little sport fishing craft buzzing around. We even saw a few sailing yachts. As we came in to the anchorage, the US Coastguard sail training ship was visible on the horizon, silhouetted against the setting sun. I'm sure we'll see even more traffic as we get down towards New York tomorrow.


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