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In the past Sailonline has raced the Vineyard in:

2012: TP 52
2011: TP 52
2010: First 40.7 v2

What boat in SOL's current boathouse would have us sailing most closely with the fleet this year, d'you think, based on the:

Current Entry List

All suggestions welcome!

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2013-08-24 16:25:34 ---
There are 2 SC52s in the race. That I think we have in our fleet. That would be a good choice.
Other than that I would like to use one of Rhino's designs. Say a Nelson/Marek 52. or NM45, or NM43. Maybe a Catalina 42...if we had polars for those boats. There is a NM30 in the race. Pretty fast for a 30' boat. There again we would need a polar.

--- Last Edited by Jack Watson at 2013-08-24 22:30:25 ---
Thank you captjack - much appreciated!!
ok these are pretty much my home waters.... well at least the eastern end of the race course, so I'd like to give you all a little taste of what my little corner of the world looks like....this pic is of Long Island sound as you all sail past the eastern most end of Long Island. This is the looking north from the entrance to Gardner's Bay at Orient Point, New York.

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2013-08-26 21:32:42 ---

--- Last Edited by Jlinc58 at 2013-08-26 21:56:30 ---

--- Last Edited by Jlinc58 at 2013-08-26 21:57:09 ---
It's getting to be late afternoon right now and soon we'll have one of our
gorgeous sunsets

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2013-08-26 21:32:58 ---

--- Last Edited by Jlinc58 at 2013-08-26 21:36:25 ---

--- Last Edited by Jlinc58 at 2013-08-26 21:37:52 ---
Once you pass the end of Long Island, you get out into more open ocean. You may want to stop into New Harbor on Block Island for a snack. It's a beautiful old fishing community. Here are some images I found on the internet.

Block Island

edited to make link out of url

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2013-08-26 21:16:24 ---

--- Last Edited by Jlinc58 at 2013-08-26 21:39:05 ---
If you decide to sneak into Newport Harbor for dinner, keep Castle Hill Light to starboard and Beavertail Light to port
You may want to pick up one of the moorings in front of the New York Yacht Club.

--- Last Edited by Jlinc58 at 2013-08-26 21:44:07 ---
No serious cruise of New England's waters is complete without a stop at our next destination, Martha's Vineyard. Sadly, I haven't been there in years (decades actually) so no good pics. Luckily our friend Google has plenty of views of this picturesque island.

Martha's Vineyard Images
Just as beautiful as Martha's Vineyard, its neighbor to the east is Nantucket. That's where we are tonight. Maraners approaching Nantucket's main harbor from the North look for Brant Light at the mouth of the harbor. Shoreside, Nantucket is a beautiful Island with many picturesque spots, restaurants ,shops, beaches and even an historic windmill to explore... Mariners approaching Nantucket from the south, look for Sankaty Head Lighthouse a 3rd lighthouse stands on the northern most point. Nantucket has a shoal that extends many miles off the north end of the island. The Nantucket Lightship was stationed here from 1854 through 1985 when a large navigational buoy was set.

--- Last Edited by Jlinc58 at 2013-08-27 22:58:24 ---
INFO from zowee in-race:

I'm going to quote some material about the area from an article in the Connecticut post from 2010...

More than 140 shipwrecks lie on the bottom of Long Island Sound, the remains of vessels from the 17th to the 20th centuries doomed by storms, fog or human error. An expanse of water known to divers as "Wreck Alley" ...Lining the floor of the Sound are strands of cables, lobster pots, oyster beds, a gas pipeline and other manmade structures, as much a part of the Sound's ecology as the spits of beach and placid water...

Among those wrecks is a wooden Chinese schooner that sank in 65 feet of water off Bridgeport in the late 1800s.

Among the ships lost off Milford (just to our North)is a brig owned by merchant Peter Pierett, which sank in the 1700s as it returned from Europe with a cargo of French wine.

Oystering grounds have been in existence since the 1840s, and now in some area of the Sound you have oyster beds, clams in nets, conch in cages and lobster pots..

And yes, the waters of LIS have been abused as well... the water is quite murky until you pass through "The Race", which is the eastern opening between Fishers Island and the tip of Long Island to the south.


tide in LIS is about 6 feet. Current is very strong at the entrance - 3 kts or more during flood and ebb...

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2013-08-30 19:35:23 ---

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