|Moorings at the 79th Street Boat Basin, NYC|
The previous day we'd arrived at the Boat Basin and picked up a mooring around 11:00 AM. The forecast called for heavy northeasterly winds in the evening. We assumed the Boat Basin would offer some protection from the forecast winds. Conditions early in the afternoon were benign with light winds from the south and a relatively flat Hudson River with the exception of the occasional wake from a barge or Coast Guard boats.
At noon we dinghied ashore and spent the afternoon exploring areas around Central Park and hopped the subway to Greenwich Village where we enjoyed an afternoon of exploration that reminded us of our college days in Boston. An early dinner was savored at the Greenwich Village Bistro where a jazz trio entertained us during happy hour.
|The Greenwich Village Bistro|
When our visit to Greenwich Village came to a close the return subway ride back to the 79th Street boat Basin took about 15 minutes. The dinghy ride back to Simple Life was quite a distance from the marina and Joe was concerned about the current and negotiating our way back to the boat in the dark.
|Subway riders on the Red Line|
The river was fairly calm and flat when we hopped in the dinghy headed for home when all hell broke loose after 10:00 PM. The northerlies had kicked in early. The wind generator began spinning at an alarming rate. It was freewheeling! This usually indicates wind speeds in excess of 30 knots. Joe shut it down. Then the opposing current began rocking the boat violently. As the late actress Bette Davis said,"Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night." Somehow we managed to sleep, though sporadically. At dawn the coffee colored waters in the Hudson River were boiling. Simple Life's full keel caused her to sit to the current with winds barreling in from the stern at an alarming speed. A nearby Beneteau sailboat (a much lighter vessel) "sailed" around on her mooring and repeatedly came precariously close to Simple Life's stern. It was before dawn when Joe called me on deck. He shouted, "Michele get up! I'm going to need you! This Beneteau is really close and I think we're going to need to get off this mooring!" I'd been having a bout with vertigo for a few days. Mornings were the worst time. Somehow, I managed to get my clothes on and climbed into the cockpit. Everything was spinning. I didn't want Joe to think he couldn't count on me in a pinch but, he caught on when I staggered as I tried to get up.
At dawn we'd settled down after some much needed coffee. It seemed the heavy currents were driving Simple Life with her full keel against the wind. She was sitting to the current. It didn't appear that the two boats were getting any closer. By 10:00 AM the current slackened and the wind turned off. It was safe to leave Simple Life unattended and once again head up 79th Street into the city to salvage the remainder of the afternoon.
|John Lennon's former residence at The Dakota|
|Imagine at the entrance to Strawberry Fields|
|The south gate where John Lennon was killed|
|Actor Michael J Fox|
|Production editing of the Michael J. Fox Show|
|Musicians performing at the Bestheda Terrace|
|The Bestheda Terrace Fountain Central Park|