We did it! Kindred Spirit left Shennecossett Yacht Club on September 12, 2013 at 9:30 am, my 61st birthday. Our friends, Mary Jo and Dean took photos of the event – photos that I will treasure forever. A big thanks to all of my friends and family who also texted, telephoned, and emailed birthday wishes to me. This is certainly the most unusual birthday of my life!
And there we go!
It took us 9.2 hours to cover the 52 miles to Port Jefferson, New York. The winds were 20+ knots and not in the most ideal direction. Our speed varied from only 4 knots for the first couple of hours to 7-8 knots when we caught the current. We took more water over the bow in those hours than in many years combined. Fortunately, we were able to skirt the fringe of the thunderstorm and rain line. Kindred Spirit handled the rough ride very well, better than the Admiral (me) did!
We haven’t been to Port Jefferson in almost 20 years. It is pretty quiet on a Thursday in September.
Our first day ended with birthday brownies and red wine.