Homeward Bound – Finally Home!

We have been home for a few days, but time has just slipped away as we take care of things at home.

We left Port Washington very early on Saturday, August 2, around 5:30 am because we hoped to make it to Sachem Head in Guilford, CT, just past the Thimble Islands – a trip of 56 nautical miles. The weather prediction was not ideal, but it sounded do-able. We turned on the radar and discovered that it worked very well  – Yeah! The radar plus our AIS allowed us to keep a careful eye out for other ships and for buoys. The engine was still cranky, but Al is able to get her up and running. A new solenoid is on order.

We used the red light in the galley so that coffee could be made. Red light does not affect your night vision as much as regular lighting. ~ Al peaks his head out the door to maneuver us out the harbor. ~ Radar is good to have in the dark and in limited visibility.

~We used the red light in the galley so that coffee could be made. Red light does not affect your night vision as much as regular lighting.
~ Al peaks his head out the door to maneuver us out the harbor.
~ Radar is good to have in the dark and in limited visibility.

Most of the day was into the current. There was no way to avoid it, unless we wanted to wait until much later when the current changed. The winds picked up (15-18, gusts to 20) and the seas were 3-5 feet.  Without autopilot, someone has to have hands on the wheel almost all the time. That gets tiring when it is hour after hour in bouncing waves and wind.

A lobster boat tossing about a bit as they stop to check the traps.

A lobster boat tossing about a bit as they stop to check the traps.

As we traveled, we crossed paths with several sailboats, sailing, and crew in foul weather gear. This was not really a day for pleasure sailing. After passing two boats, we decided it must be a race. A quick look online confirmed that — The 38th annual Around Long Island Regatta. This race is a 190 nautical mile course, open to all sailboats 26 feet and larger, and designed for sailors at all levels,  It began at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 31 at Rockaway Point, NY and would end on August 3 at the Glen Cove, NY breakwater.

A few of the sailboats in the Around Long Island Regatta. Not the nicest conditions for a race!

A few of the sailboats in the Around Long Island Regatta. Not the nicest conditions for a race!

It was a very long and tedious day, taking turns at the wheel to steer for 9 hours. We picked up an open mooring in Joshua Cove, off Sachem Head, and simply sat down to rest.

Our  AIS track on Vesselfinder for the day. From Port Washington to Sachem Head

Our AIS track on Vesselfinder for the day. From Port Washington to Sachem Head

Interesting sight format eh mooring. Is this someone's  replica of Stonehenge ?

Interesting sight from the mooring. Is this someone’s replica of Stonehenge ?

The sunset in Joshua Cove. We were in bed pretty shortly after that!

The sunset in Joshua Cove. We were in bed soon after that!

The next day, Sunday, August 3rd, was to be our last day of the trip home. As sailors, we know the importance of the current, even when we can’t take advantage of it. We began our final leg at 5:00 am so that we had it with us instead of against us for the remaining five hours. It can make a difference of 2 knots in our speed. That’s true for sailboats and it is the same for a trawler. Although it was still a gray and overcast day, the winds and seas had calmed considerably.

Heading for home - Al places our Shennecossett burgee on the bow.

Heading for home – Al places our Shennecossett burgee on the bow.

We passed  the Saybrook lighthouses and jetties, the entrance to the Connecticut River.

We passed the Saybrook lighthouses and jetties, the entrance to the Connecticut River.

Hurray!! Ledge Light at the end of New London Harbor with a ferry steaming in behind it.

Hurray!! Ledge Light at the end of New London Harbor with a ferry steaming in behind it.

Our friends MJ and Dean were waiting for us on Avery Point. They took fabulous photos of us as we passed. That's MJ and Dean walking in front of Branford Mansion.

Our friends MJ and Dean were waiting for us on Avery Point. They took photos of us as we passed. That’s MJ and Dean walking in front of Branford Mansion.

Here we are!! Passing in front of Ledge Light.

Here we are!! Passing in front of Ledge Light.

Look who is at the helm on the bridge to bring her into the mooring field!

Look who is at the helm on the bridge to bring her into the mooring field!

Heading into our little mooring field. It's good to be home again.

Heading into our little mooring field. It’s good to be home again.

After leaving the dinghy tied to the mooring ball, we went into the marina to take a dock for the night.

After leaving the dinghy tied to the mooring ball, we went into the marina to take a dock for the night. Much easier to unload that way.

Our friends, Dan and Marcia (Cutting Class)  were waiting at the dock to welcome us home. We had the dock right next to them for the night. It was only 9:30 in the morning, but it was great fun to see everyone and visit. And show off the new boat, of course. 🙂

A champagne toast to a successful boat search, a good voyage home, and begin back on the water again! Thanks for the great photos, MJ and Dean!

A champagne toast to a successful boat search, a good voyage home, and begin back on the water again! Thanks for the great photos, MJ and Dean!

Al consulted with Dan about his plans for adding solar panels. Things have changed (improved) a lot since we put them on the sailboat many years ago.

Al consulted with Dan about our plans for adding solar panels. Things have changed (improved) a lot since we put them on the sailboat many years ago.

While my back was turned, the Captain began to tear apart the boat. Gee whiz, Al, we have only been back for 3 hours!!!! He is just so eager to get started on all of his improvement ideas.

Al removes the bench and cushions and uses the deck chairs to test his idea for future seating.

Al removes the bench and cushions and uses the deck chairs to test his idea for future seating.

The next morning we packed up the things that needed to go home with us. It was time to take the boat back out to the mooring. Al informed me that I would be at the helm for this. He has more confidence in me than I have in myself. I did it, and it was fun!. Maybe I am a powerboat babe at heart??? Nahhh, not really.

Total delivery time? 2+7+1 = 10 days. Two days to drive to the Chesapeake Bay and give the boat a “first” cleaning, seven days of traveling with no non-traveling days, and one day back at the yacht club to recuperate, and unload.

Here it is August 6th now, and we are back on the boat again. It is our 20th wedding anniversary – where else would we spend it??

August 6, 1994 and August 6, 2014 20 amazing and wonderful years together!!

August 6, 1994                                                                    August 6, 2014
                             20 amazing and wonderful years together!!  “Kindred Spirits”

Our dear friends Marcia and Dan joined us for dinner at The Dogwatch Cafe in Stonington. It was a perfect way to celebrate our 20 years together.

Anniversary dinner at the Dogwatch Cafe with Dan and Marcia.

Anniversary dinner at the Dogwatch Cafe with Dan and Marcia.

We are now ready to begin the process of transforming Unfunded Requirement into Kindred Spirit.

We say good bye for now. She looks good out there.

2 thoughts on “Homeward Bound – Finally Home!

  1. Welcome home Kindred Spirit!! I REALLY enjoy your blog posts and so happy we finally met last year. The winter of 13/14 will be one of those I will remember and treasure till the end. Be Safe, Be Well and look forward to seeing our CT friends in a few weeks!

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