Entries in Tigris (2)

Sunday
Oct142012

NYC by sailing yacht

We started a short delivery in Jamestown RI on Swan76 Tigris on a cool but beautiful New England fall day. Before departing RI, we met some nice folks at Jamestown Boat Yard's annual wine making and pig roasting event, the famous blogger behind The Daily Prep!

 

We dropped the Tigris mooring around 1730 and motored out of Naragansett Bay in the evening light. Winds had moved SW around 15 kts, skies were clear, air temp was in the low 50s. Within short time we rounded Point Judith and set course for The Race. We had the tide turning against us but still pushed about 7.5 kts, nice to have the pace of a large yacht for this trip!

Wind and seas built throughout the evening and night as we pushed into the breeze on a westerly course. There was only a little commercial traffic on the sound, and we were able to make a decent pace while rotating watches throughout the night.

By dawn we were fast approaching City Island and the entrance to the East River, and saw both pleasure and work boats pass as the seas flattened and we increased our pace. Tigris had favorable tide down through the East River, Hell's Gate, and out into NY Harbor where we did a quick pass in front of the Statue of Liberty for the photobooks!

 

We were bound for North Cove Marina on the lower west side of Manhattan, next door to the trade center site. This has to be one of the most fun places to come by sea, it gives you a feeling of power pulling in, unopposed amongst the tower buildings and bustling crowds. We were docked by 1130 for a quick washdown and a welcome warm shore meal! A fantastic short delivery and perhaps the last for the fall for CYS, looking forward to the other side of winter and warming weather!

Sunday
Jul222012

Cruising Maine on Swan76 "Tigris" 

July 22, 0800

Getting underway today on the Swan76 "Tigris" from Jamestown Boat Yard in Rhode Island en route back home to Portland! It is a absolutely perfect morning here on Naragansett Bay, not a cloud in the sky, and very calm here on the mooring, nothing but the sounds of seagulls and some spanish banter carrying from a small fishing boat nearby! We are planning to drop the mooring here just after lunch, NOAA is calling for a light SW breeze this morning that should pick up this afternoon as we make our way up to the west entrance of the Cape Cod Canal. We expect to pop through into Cape Cod bay just after dark at which point we can set a direct course to Cape Elizabeth. We may have to dodge some tanker traffic in and out of Boston, but expect to land in Portland for lunch on Monday!

 

July 22, 1600

Absolutely perfect reach sailing on this big ketch rigged Swan76, 9.0 kts boat speed with ease in 15-17 kts of breeze, not to mention comfortable and very civilized!

July 23, 0300

Tigris is absolutely crushing it! We came flying out of Cape Cod Bay with a 15 knot SW breeze and 2-4 foot following seas, which seems to add an extra knot to our boat speed of 8.5 kts for a total of 9-9.5 over ground. Looks like we might make it to Portland for breakfast! These conditions are a solid reminder of why we sail: star filled sky, fair wind and seas , brisk speed to wards our destination, and plenty of comforts on board! I am looking forward to noting the total trip time, this may be the fastest I have ever sailed this leg. Just a few fishing boats out around Stellwagen bank and outside Boston Harbor as we passed by. We are now getting out into the Gulf of Maine and some deeper water, feels a bit cooler. Very nice to have the espresso machine for this time of day, getting good use out of that and tending to  regular boat checks, navigation, and lookout. All are asleep and it has been a nice couple hours on deck, looking forward to a couple more and a sunrise if I can make it!

July 23 0930

Tied up at Portland Yacht Services, home sweet home!