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Summer 2018 Trip Planning


Let's start planning for another great trip!

Our trip to Shelter Island in 2015, Mystic Ct in 2016 and Atlantic Highlands, NJ in 2017 were phenomenal!!!

Destination: Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club as a base and lots of sailing in the Raritan Bay.  Departure date was Wednesday July 19, 2017.  Departure time was 0830 hours (8:30am).  We had 4 vessels from PYC and 2 vessels met us in Atlantic Highlands.  We had another great trip and hope to venture to another destination next season.

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Recap of our Shelter Island Trip 7/7/15 - 7/16/15

We left the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club on July 7th at 0530 hours.

We had 7 vessels signed up. Some of the vessels had issues so they could not continue with us.  We had 5 that made it all the way to Shelter Island.  Details of our trip will be posted soon.



The following statistics are from the 2015 trip.  Updates for this coming year will be posted soon.

Tides at Hyde Park:  
2015-07-07 Tue5:27 AM EDT   Sunrise
2015-07-07 Tue5:54 AM EDT    3.7 feetHigh Tide
2015-07-07 Tue 12:31 PM EDT   -0.2 feetLow Tide
2015-07-07 Tue6:34 PM EDT    3.7 feetHigh Tide
2015-07-07 Tue8:32 PM EDT   Sunset
2015-07-08 Wed1:04 AM EDT    0.3 feetLow Tide
2015-07-08 Wed5:28 AM EDT   Sunrise
2015-07-08 Wed6:51 AM EDT    3.6 feetHigh Tide
2015-07-08 Wed1:29 PM EDT   -0.1 feetLow Tide
2015-07-08 Wed4:26 PM EDT   Last Quarter
2015-07-08 Wed7:28 PM EDT    3.7 feetHigh Tide
2015-07-08 Wed8:32 PM EDT   Sunset

The following is the current at Haverstraw Bay during the day on July 7th.  If we leave at 0530, we should be
going through Haverstraw around 1230
2015-07-075:30 AM EDT   Sunrise
2015-07-075:34 AM EDT-0.00 knotsSlack, Ebb Begins
2015-07-079:11 AM EDT-1.43 knotsMax Ebb
2015-07-07 11:52 AM EDT   Moonset
2015-07-07 12:59 PM EDT   0.00 knotsSlack, Flood Begins
2015-07-073:10 PM EDT   0.98 knotsMax Flood
2015-07-076:09 PM EDT-0.00 knotsSlack, Ebb Begins
2015-07-078:31 PM EDT   Sunset

This should get us to the anchorage just north of the GW bridge by 4-5pm.  
This is a longer day covering 62.34nm but it gets us in a good position to get down to New York Harbor
before we need to head into the East River.
The option is open to stop in Haverstraw Bay but it's about 5-6 hours down to the Battery from there so that would be a
very early start on July 8 (4-5am).
The current at Haverstraw on July 8 is:
2015-07-08 Wed1:26 AM EDT    0.0 knotsSlack, Flood Begins
2015-07-08 Wed3:32 AM EDT    0.9 knotsMax Flood
2015-07-08 Wed5:30 AM EDT   Sunrise
2015-07-08 Wed6:24 AM EDT   -0.0 knotsSlack, Ebb Begins
2015-07-08 Wed 10:08 AM EDT   -1.4 knotsMax Ebb
2015-07-08 Wed1:53 PM EDT    0.0 knotsSlack, Flood Begins
2015-07-08 Wed4:03 PM EDT    1.0 knotsMax Flood

We estimated that we need to enter the East River trek by 1000 on Wednesday July 8.
We need to get going in the morning (by 0730) to have some help from the tide. Max ebb is at 8:51am but we should have a nice ride down.
The tide at the GWB on July 8 is:
2015-07-08 Wed2:52 AM EDT    4.3 feetHigh Tide
2015-07-08 Wed5:31 AM EDT   Sunrise
2015-07-08 Wed9:06 AM EDT    0.1 feetLow Tide
2015-07-08 Wed3:32 PM EDT    4.5 feetHigh Tide
2015-07-08 Wed4:26 PM EDT   Last Quarter
2015-07-08 Wed8:29 PM EDT   Sunset
2015-07-08 Wed9:50 PM EDT    0.5 feetLow Tide
The current at the GWB on July 8 is:
2015-07-08 Wed 12:02 AM EDT    0.0 knotsSlack, Flood Begins
2015-07-08 Wed2:17 AM EDT    1.8 knotsMax Flood
2015-07-08 Wed5:18 AM EDT   -0.0 knotsSlack, Ebb Begins
2015-07-08 Wed5:31 AM EDT   Sunrise
2015-07-08 Wed8:51 AM EDT   -2.3 knotsMax Ebb
2015-07-08 Wed 12:30 PM EDT    0.0 knotsSlack, Flood Begins
2015-07-08 Wed2:49 PM EDT    1.9 knotsMax Flood
2015-07-08 Wed4:26 PM EDT   Last Quarter
2015-07-08 Wed6:00 PM EDT   -0.0 knotsSlack, Ebb Begins
2015-07-08 Wed8:29 PM EDT   Sunset

It takes about 1.5-2 hours to get from the GWB to the Battery.
After a 0730 start from GWB, we can get to NY Harbor/the Battery around 0900 to 0930.
We may have a little more time to catch the sights in NY Harbor if we leave by 0700.
We meet at 0930 hours around the top of Governer's Island.
We start into the East River at 1000 hours on July 8.
The current in the East River at Hell Gate on July 8 is:
2015-07-08 Wed 12:24 AM EDT    3.5 knotsMax Flood
2015-07-08 Wed3:34 AM EDT   -0.0 knotsSlack, Ebb Begins
2015-07-08 Wed5:31 AM EDT   Sunrise
2015-07-08 Wed6:22 AM EDT   -4.7 knotsMax Ebb
2015-07-08 Wed9:58 AM EDT    0.0 knotsSlack, Flood Begins
2015-07-08 Wed 12:54 PM EDT    3.5 knotsMax Flood
2015-07-08 Wed4:03 PM EDT   -0.0 knotsSlack, Ebb Begins
2015-07-08 Wed4:26 PM EDT   Last Quarter
2015-07-08 Wed6:53 PM EDT   -4.7 knotsMax Ebb
2015-07-08 Wed8:29 PM EDT   Sunset

The destination after navigating the East River will be the Norwalk/Sheffield area.  
If tides are not favorable we can stop at Stanford or before.

A synopsis of Wed. July 8 is:
We weigh anchor at 0730 (or ealier). It is 10.71nm from GWB to the Battery so we estimate that to be 1h50m at 6kn.  That puts us at the Battery at about 0930.
We meet at 0930 hours around the top of Governer's Island. We will set up a radio channel for contact.
It is about 14nm through the East River so that is 2h20m.  That puts us at the Throgs Neck Bridge at about 1230.
It is 22.34nm from Throgs Neck Bridge to Sheffield so that is another 3h43m but the tide will be turning against us.  
We plan to stop around 1700 so we will see where we are.

Ray is planning to stop at the free moorings in Manhasset Bay for the night so that option is open for some.  
He will be going from there to Duck Island the next day.

The next day from Sheffield to Duck Island near Westbrook would be 47.47nm, about 8h.  We should have some nice sailing then.

It is 2-3 hours (across the sound) to Plum Gut from Westbrook,CT. 
We will be leaving Duck Island/Westbrook area at 0700 hours on Friday July 10.
That will put is through Plum Gut at around 0930-1000.  The ferries run out of Orient Point and New London at 9, 10 and 10:30 and so on.
The current will still help us through at that point.  Plum Gut is about 1/3 mile wide and it takes about 30 minutes to get through it
with favorable currents.  Should be plenty of room for us and the ferries.  Watch out for the fishermen that like to drift around with their
lines out at various spots there.

 Currents at Plum Gut on July 10.

Currents at Plum Gut on July 10.

We will be heading to Coecles Harbor for an anchorage in the protected area there.
A first choice and perfect place to stay on a mooring or slip is Coecles Marina:
Coecles Harbor Marina and Boatyard Inc.
18 Hudson Avenue, PO Box 1670
Shelter Island, NY 11964
United States (US)
Moorings cost $45/day, Slips are $4/foot on weekends (Fri-Sun).
Call ahead if you want to stay there.
You do have to watch the approach for 4-5' waters. Go in and out at high tide to be sure.

We plan to take the ferry to Greenport, eat a lunch or dinner at Claudio's, tour Shelter Island by bike if they have rentals there,
swim in the clear beautiful waters and maybe have a dinner at the Red Tomato.  Sounds like a great time to me!

We will be coming back on the Long Island side of the sound.  Options for stopping are Port Jefferson, Oyster Bay or Northport.
Northport was recommended in ActiveCaptain and Seymour's Boatyard has moorings for $40/night.  
We should contact them for a current price and availability as the reviews on ActiveCaptain are a little old.
The second night we could stop at Manhasset Bay (Port Washington) at the free moorings there.  We will plan the passage back through
the East River later.

Most of us plan to anchor in Coecles Harbor anchorage or Coecles Marina.  Zoom in to the bay under Ram Island County Park.  Cedar Island Cove is the anchorage area.  There is mooring off of Ram Island but you need to have a meal at the Ram's Head Inn to use them. Contact the Ram's Head Inn for more information.


Here is a checklist of typical things to have on board when cruising.

  • Required USCG and NYS safety items.  
  •     For boats >26':
  •         One PFD for each person on board
  •             Deck crew should always wear PFDs at night.
  •             A harness and teather are also a good idea.
  •         One throwable Type IV device
  •         Approved visual distress signals for both daytime and night use
  •         Two B-I type or One B-II type fire extinguishers.
  •     For boats 40' or greater:
  •         Same as above except:
  •         Three B-I type OR One B-I type PLUS One B-II type fire extinguishers.
  • Strobe lights and whistles to fasten to each PFD.
  • First aid kit
  •     (Optional) Red Cross first aid and safety handbook.
  • Bug Spray
  • Light "lunch hook" anchor and heavy plow anchor.  
  • Wood plugs in various sizes for each thru-hull.
  • Cell phone - better for contacting marinas.
  • Stove and grill fuel, matches and/or lighter
  • Spare items such as:
  •     Clevis pins, cotter pins, winch parts, bulbs, electrical connectors,
  •     fuel filter, engine zincs, oil filter, impeller, dock lines, rip-stop tape,
  •     hull repair kit, engine oil, engine coolant, hoses, clamps, batteries.


  • Food for a couple days.
  •     Staples such as peanut butter, bread, cereal, etc.
  •     A few perishables are ok to start with if you plan to eat them within
  •     the first couple days but there are stores along the way where you can
  •     purchase perishable treats.  Frozen meat can be cooked without thawing.
  •     It just takes a little longer.  Prepared food such as chili or spaghetti
  •     sauce are good to bring frozen.  They keep other foods cold too.
  •     Don't forget the all important fruits such as oranges and grapes.  Great
  •     snacking food!


  • Dry Ice, Ice, Ice packs
  • Documents:
  • Boat documentation:
  •     NYS registration, USCG documentation, Insurance policy
  • Eldridge Almanac for tides and currents.  Directory of marinas also included.
  • Up-to-date paper charts
  • ActiveCaptain information saved on a computer or tablet.
  • Tide and current pages for days of travel saved on computer or tablet.


The following is an Excerpt from 14 Jun 2015 issue of US Coast Pilot 2 Chap 7 pg 255

Plum Gut, the entrance to Gardiners Bay from
Long Island Sound, is nearly 0.6 mile wide and has
sufficient water for vessels of the deepest draft; in the
passage are several rocks with depths of 15 to 22 feet over
them. A wreck with a least depth of 57 feet is in about
41°10'06"N., 72°12'59"W. Tidal currents set through the
passage with great velocity. Steamers, or sailing vessels
with a strong favorable wind, should have no difficulty
in passing through.

Velocities of the current on flood and ebb are 3.5 and
4.3 knots, respectively. The flood sets northwestward and
the ebb southeastward. Heavy tide rips occur. In 1983,
NOAA Ships RUDE and HECK reported that during
the flood a countercurrent normally develops along
the north shore of Plum Island. This countercurrent is
most prevalent within 0.5 mile of the island. Caution is
recommended when using this passage.
(162) Oyster Pond Reef, extending about 0.5 mile east-
northeastward from Orient Point, is marked by a light
and sound signal. Caution is recommended regarding
the sound signal, as it may be difficult to hear at times,
particularly with an easterly wind. Numerous boulders
and little depth are between the light and Orient Point.
Midway Shoal, about 0.5 mile east of the light, has 17
feet over it and is marked by a lighted buoy.
(163) When using Plum Gut it is well to give Plum Island
and Orient Point Light a berth of 0.2 mile. The best water
in the passage will be found on a 295° course, passing
Pine Point and the buoy marking Midway Shoal at a
distance of 350 yards and passing midway between
Orient Point Light and Plum Gut Light on the western
end of Plum Island.
(164) A channel, with a reported controlling depth of 7 feet
in 1999, leads to a research basin operated by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture on the south side of Orient
Point, about 1 mile southwest of Orient Point Light.
A ferry operates between here, Plum Island and New



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