05/24/12 - Seriously...it's cold out here

Seriously...it's cold out here

We left Norfolk bound for New York City but not the fast way. Weather threatened a rotten ride so we opted for the inland route via Chesapeake Bay, the D&C Canal, and down the Delaware Bay. Popping out into the Atlantic at Cape May we were met with tropical storm Alberto's leftovers: a windless swell that batted us around for 18 hours up the New Jersey coast.

When we dropped our anchor just under the Verrazano bridge, we were a day behind schedule but glad to finally be in New York. With a day to fuel up and get some rest, we also picked up two more volunteer crew members: Patrick and Martin (pictured above). These guys know the drill having sailed with us from Boston to Bermuda in the fall.

At dawn we left New York to make the East River's Hell Gate at the correct flow. Through drizzle and fog we made our way out into Long Island Sound for a long cold day of motor sailing. The fog came and went all day closing in after dark with a cold strong breeze. Layered in everything we owned, we marveled at this unforgiving spring weather.

Tonight we are anchored near Greenport shrouded in fog and drizzle, hoping that tomorrow brings some sun and warmth as we sail into port to join the tall ship festivities.