We had a great almost 600 mile passage from Wilmington to NY this week. The winds weren’t perfect with a couple days of headwinds and other days with too little wind to sail alone and still make it far enough north before the approaching front arrived. Still, the except for a few hours, the skies were clear and it was pretty warm at least when the sun was up. Everyone stayed in great spirits and enjoyed the huge variety of wildlife.
As we started out, the north winds were great for leaving Wilmington. We were able to sail the length of the river once we cleared the two bridges.
Then, out in the ocean, the North wind wasn’t so great. Still, it was good making progress. Once the north wind died down, it swung south pretty fast and the sailing quickly turned into motorsailing.
We saw a lot of birds, especially shearwaters and petrels.
We always welcome guests offshore.
As we made progress north, the nights became chillier.
And the winds even calmer.
Approaching New York harbor is impressive, perhaps more so at night. Once around Sandy Hook, Tracy prepped the anchor. Note the Verrazano bridge in the background.
As darkness swallowed us, the view changed dramatically.
Usually, we prefer to sail at night since the lights of the ships reveal so much about their course and speed. With so much background light, however, this approach to the Verrazano narrows was a bit more exciting. There’s at least one ship in the picture below and many other vessels moving about. Still, one night arrival is just like any other right? This night arrival was was exactly like the night landfall to Mayaguana except for the lights, the 100s of vessels, the cold temperature, the constant radio calls on 13 and 16, and the lack of a breaking reef rumble. Other than that, it was just the same.
We made it to the Statue of Liberty without any incident.
Our anchorage waited just west of Liberty Island underneath Liberty Park on the Jersey shoreline. The trees blocked the lower parts of the view of the city, but we could still see the statue as well as the taller Manhattan buildings. It amazes us that there is such a great little anchorage tucked off to one side of New York harbor.