Friday, September 12, 2008

Essex, Connecticut

I got up around 4:00 am to check the nearby boats after the wind shift and saw the moon setting, a pretty sight (see photo). The day was overcast with the prediction of rain later in the day with the wind increasing to 15 to 20 kts. We headed out for the Fishers Island passage from Block on a broad reach with everything out and hitting 8.2 kts several times per the GPS, averaging around 7.5 kts. It was a great ride. When we entered Fishers Sound it was only 12:00 so we decided to push on to Essex since he had to make Branford by Saturday. Entering the Sound we found the famous Long Island chop: short, steep waves of around 2 to 4 feet coming from 30 degrees off the port side, it was a wild ride! We continued to sail until New London when rain threatened so we motored sailed the rest of the way to make Essex before the downpour, just making it in time. For the next four hours, it poured cats and dogs. Hopefully it clears by tomorrow for our trip to Branford where we meet Matthew and family for dinner at Lenny's. When Ann told Matthew yesterday that we were in Block, Matthew said, "You are there without me?!"