A week ago when we left our home port of Pawtuxet Cove in Narragansett Bay our first overnight anchorage was at the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge off Sand Hill Cove in Narragansett, RI. As we made our final approach through the eastern entrance into the harbor a squall blew through with strong winds that lasted throughout the night. The massive boulders that encompass the granite breakwall at Simple Life's stern made for a less than restful night's sleep. At dawn the following day the wind had subsided necessitating a motoring day to an anchorage at Ram Island in Fischer's Island Sound near Mystic, CT. The anchorage with its shoreline deposited with eroded boulders from the recession of glaciers offered scenic beauty quite different than upper Narragansett Bay's marshes and pastoral panoramas. It also offered ample protection from most wind and wave directions with the exception of easterlies.
|Simple Life with staysail and main in the Race|
|The Griswold Inn, Essex|
|Michele enjoying afternoon music|
When it was time to dinghy back to Simple Life for the evening we took notice of the strong current in the river. It can run at over 1.5 knots at its peak. It's definitely not the place to jump off the boat for a swim. That evening we witnessed the current's fury first hand as a young man who'd been out with friends for a daysail jumped from the boat and within seconds was swept a few hundred yards away. It was dark and after trying to swim unsuccessfully against the current a nearby yacht club launch spotted the shaken boy and plucked him from the water. It seemed that disaster was diverted and we settled in for the night.
|Saybrook Breakwater Light|
I'd researched the Essex/Old Saybrook area and discovered that Katherine Hepburn spent summers at her family's large waterfront home at Fenwick on Long Island Sound. The home located on Long Island Sound was easy to spot as we sailed out of the river and headed west around the Saybrook Lighthouse. It was sold and remodeled after Hepburn's death in 2003 and was recently listed for a mere 30 million dollars!
|Katherine Hepburn's home at Fenwick|
|Execution Rocks near the entrance to Port Washington, NY|
|How can you make a cruiser's day? Put a grocery store across|
from the dingy dock!
This evening Simple Life is anchored in Little Neck Bay in Queens near the Throgs Neck Bridge. The anchor will be up at dawn and we'll be motoring down the East River heading for Hell Gate at slack tide...I'll bet that sounds like a great way to start the morning. Any sentence with the word "hell" in it makes me want to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my head. But, after Hell Gate who knows...we might head out to sea or we may turn up the Hudson River and check out NYC for a couple of days.