Fishers Island

It was a much shorter sail over to Fishers Island. We set a variety of sail trim attempting to exploit the 2+ knot magic carpet ride to it’s fullest. Timing the tides and currents here is crucial. We mostly sailed on a broad reach so it was a fast, comfortable sail although we did have some swells tossing us around. Top speed of 8.8 knots over the bottom. The ebbing current slid us right through The Race and into view of Fishers Island and the nation of North Dumpling.

Lord Dumpling, a.k.a. “Dean Kamen” presides over this very interesting entity. Laura had me slowly creep by for a closer look, though with the large white mainsail up we probably weren’t too stealthy. After surely being discovered, we hoped he’d call us over to join for a cocktail and discuss taking a sightseeing excursion in his helicopter (North Dumpling’s Airforce).  For 10,000,000 dumplings (the nation’s currency at 1,000: 1 USD), maybe he would’ve. Cool NYT article in hyperlink.

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North Dumpling
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North Dumpling Air Force

 

We had plenty of space in the anchorage being it was Sunday night and it was a bright one lit up by a full moon. We started to watch the film White Squall which I thought I’d seen but apparently had not. We didn’t make it through the entire film so we have that to look forward to! I think…

Mondays’s departure to Block Island will be delayed till around 1pm as we wait for our ebbing magic carpet to begin. Laura found YouTube videos of dolphins frolicking in the Block Island Sound so she’s excited and expecting to join them.

Days run: 38.3 nautical miles

-RB

 

Thimble islands. At anchor.

Back at the picturesque Thimble Islands in Connecticut. Laura’s breaking out the ginger beers. The last time I was here I arrived on a perfectly calm day and departed the next morning in 30 knot winds which was quite exciting. Celeste achieved her fastest speed yet surfing down waves at 9.6 knots.

After 4-5 hours of motoring out of home base Port Washington we finally got some decent westerlies right on the stern. The noisy engine goes to sleep and we take flight wing on wing dead down wind. The wind died a bit and we wanted to make the Thimbles by sunset so we motorsailed for a moment until the wind came back with an urgency.

8 knots over ground under main alone as 28.8 kn gusts bring us in to the cute little islands each with their own 10 million dollar home perched on top. Some islands have several including my favorite island to anchor by not surprisingly called Money Island.

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Money Island

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Laura got bored motoring so I ended up with this.

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We have decided ALL of the balloons that escape from their party end up in the Long Island Sound. We decided to pluck them out when we could and are planning an extensive dead balloon montage in the future. Here are the first two. We missed a couple…

 

Our goal is Block Island and have no idea after that but for now we’re at anchor and the grill is heating up.  Dark ‘n stormys taste so good here.

Days run: 57.2 nm

Thank you Dave for setting up this blog!

-RB