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Russ and Sam, Thanks for posting about the Summer Sailstice movement. I’ve been on the mailing list for a decade and have planned and executed 2 over that time. Among the members and guests here on this forum there are natural groups of boaters on local bodies of water such as Lake Erie, Tahoe, Chesapeake Bay, NJ Bays, Narragansett Bay, Dallas Area lakes and in my area Long Island Sound. If folks are willing it might make sense to organize Sailstice trips to nearby destinations. For me, I’d be willing to organize Mattituck, Port Jefferson or Northport Harbor in Long Island, or New Haven, Norwalk or Mystic Harbor in CT.
Here’s my plan for Sailstice around Western Long Island Sound Friday-Saturday-Sunday June 19-21 While I’m starting out in Milford waters, I’ll be sailing west through the dead center of the Sound most of Saturday and arriving at Eatons Point late Saturday afternoon. Provided there’s a safe and legal anchorage somewhere in Northport Bay, staying overnight and returning back to Milford on Sunday. It’s about 25 no each way.
Could also switch to Norwalk Islands if no anchorage is available in L.I.
As long as we get to sail.... And with the "more working from home" with their own computers (BYOD) There will be more security coming due to all the hacks and malware on none hardened computers So definitely ironic, but more to come. Best
Sam Bruce 2016-2020 Association Vice-Commodore (vicecommodore at catalina-capri-25s.org)
Updating my Milford to Northport Harbor SAILSTICE trip on June 20-21, we’ve registered three boats.
A buddy will be sailing his Wharram 23 catamaran from Clinton Harbor the weekend before to Milford. At 31 nm doing about 8 kts, he expects to make it in about 4 hours. It usually takes me all day long to sail that distance in vessel Passage.
Another friend is located in Huntington LI NY and has a mooring next door in Lloyd’s Harbor. There is a large anchorage adjacent to the mooring field.
He plans to sail out toward Stratford Shoal, aka Middle Ground, to meet up with us in progress. At 25 miles from Milford, I expect to make Eatons Point by 3:00 or 4:00 pm.
I’ll install the grill and prepare the steaks for dinner. The others are responsible for potato salad and tossed salad or cole slaw. I plan on suspending my diet for this event.
If anybody nearby would like to join, we’re accepting all comers. You can join us from any point in Long Island Sound, and just meet up in Lloyd’s Harbor.
The only rules are face masks at all times or social distancing while eating. There should be plenty of adult beverages and snacks.
Following my 2020 Summer Sailstice trip where I met up with a longtime sailing friend, Jeff, I sent a photo and a story along with my buddy’s video capture of the scene. The Sailstice blogger, Jennifer, told me she’d post it soon, along with the 1000s of others’ stories. It’ll be nice to contribute to this fun organization.
Milford Harbor - Thimbles Summer Sailstice 2020 Trip We selected a start and end location that was convenient for many of our colleagues, leaving from Milford CT and overnighting at the beautiful Thimble Islands of Stony Creek, CT. These are a group of tiny pink granite islands reminiscent of the Maine coastline.
The weather was bright, clear and moderately breezy and toasty warm in the low 80s. I set out at 12:30pm and sailed for 4 hours at 5kts to cover the 18 or so nautical miles.
Along the way I saw plenty of fish a-jumpin' and pleasure boaters of all stripes.
I found a protected and quiet anchorage within the islands and awaited my friends' arrival.
They soon arrived and we rafted up, all the time observing social distancing.
As the sun slipped lower in the afternoon skies, the pinks and oranges of the wispy clouds created a magical scene.
We whipped up some tasty summertime fare on the BBQ and enjoyed friends and conversation.
Night slowly crept in around us as the rosy light faded and the brilliant stars appeared overhead.
We rigged our anchor lights and relaxed aboard in the dark, remembering all those who could no longer be with us...
Sleep came early for the weary travelers.
Overnight, the translucent clouds continued their display until the faint glow began in the east before 4:00AM awaking me.
I turned back over to catch a few more winks. The morning was full of hot coffee, sweet blueberry muffins and good friends.
With the mutual untying of the dock lines our Summer Sailstice 2020 celebration came to an end.
Looking forward to 2021!!
Summer Sailstice 2020 [Imagine if you will a picture of a granite island overgrown with green trees surrounded by blue waters and blue skies and a few boats hanging out] Thimble Islands Raft Up
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