After six days in Dering Harbor, it feels WONDERFUL to be underway. And what a day it is! The sun is shining and there is a light breeze out of the north. At 6 AM, Cutter Loose eases out of the harbor and retraces her steps to Plum Gut. Unlike our earlier unsuccessful effort to travel west in Long Island Sound, today’s tide is favorable and the wind is on our beam. Due to the fair tide, we are making 7.5 knots over the ground in 9 knots of true wind.
By 1:45 PM, we are abeam of Port Jefferson, our original destination for the day. We decide to continue on to Oyster Bay to rendezvous with friends Dianne and John on Different Tack. Like us, Dianne and John are coming out of hiding from Irene. Their refuge of choice has been the Hudson River. We enjoy an impromptu party aboard Different Tack upon our arrival at Oyster Bay.
Our journey today covers 62 miles in 12 hours. We are well-positioned to mobilize our assault on the East River and New York Harbor in the morning.