Long Island Sound:

Home Sweet Home
Les Saintes

Western Long Island Sound offers a wide variety of sailing conditions, anchorages, and activities. The Community Club has kept boats in New Rochelle for many years, and currently sails Bright Star, a 1980 Sabre 34 out of Glen Island Yacht Club.

Down the East River to New York Harbor is always a popular trip.

The sailing season includes many days and evenings on the Sound, plus a few overnight trips to further destinations.

Trips to New York Harbor are always popular as well as challenging. The passage through Hell Gate, where the East River and Harlem River meet, can only be made at certain stages of the tide. At other times the tidal flow is so strong Bright Star under full power is pushed backward by it.

Anna and the Statue.
Once in the harbor the sailors face constant shipping traffic, with everything from the Staten Island Ferry to replica tall ships plying their trades across these waters. A favorite refuge for an overnight stay are the shallows between the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There are few places in the world where a sailboat can rest in such close proximity to sites of such historical and national significance.
Ben, Fred, and Chris on a cruise to Port Jefferson.

When we chose to head east, Port Jefferson on the north shore of Long Island is a natural destination. Getting there takes a full day of sailing, which can be rewarded with a good seafood dinner. With a completley protected harbor and quaint fishing village feel, Port Jeff's only drawback is the frequency of the ferry that goes between it and Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Catherine waits for the launch in Port Jeff.
Port Jefferson is also a convenient stop on the way to Block Island. Block lies at the eastern end of Long Island Sound, a couple days sailing from New Rochelle. We've made the trip with Bright Star a few times, and on other occasions we've chartered boats in eastern Connecticut to sail over.

There are pros and cons to both approaches: Sailing Bright Star takes several more days and more organization; chartering a boat is expensive and you're never quite sure of the quality of the vessel until you see it. Such was the case on our last charter: the big old Morgan we'd arranged for was a floating bathtub with a park bench mounted on the stern. Midway to the island, in very light wind, the engine died. Fortunately, it worked again early the next morning when the wind had kicked up and our anchor dragged in the crowded Salt Pond.

Block Island Gathering -- not even a bad engine can spoil a good lunch.

Favorite Anchorages
Oyster Bay
Liberty Island
Calf Island, Greenwich
Matinicock Point
The Thimble Islands
Port Jefferson
The Salt Pond, Block Island
Mason Island, Mystic

Block Island in July:
Sometimes the weather
just doesn't cooperate.

Oyster Bay Overnight: Ted, Paul, Mia,
and Dave enjoy cocktails
after a good day of sailing.

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