Well, after months and months of preparation upgrades on the boat and weeks of 20 hour days getting ready, we finally departed the dock and Nyack Boat Club at 3:02 pm (1502) and shut the engine off 7 minutes later as we sailed away with a brisk 7 to 10 knot wind out of the WSW. We hoisted all three sails and had a lovely sail down the Hudson with the current and were making 7.5 to 8.5 knots over ground! We are anchored near Alpine (just north of the George Washington Bridge.)
Now that things have calmed down a bit, we will be blogging more often, as cell phone modem allows. We are on our way to Annapolis to the boat show and we also want to see the start of the Great Chesapeake Schooner Race.
Near the end of October, we will join a group of other folks on sailboats in Hampton, VA and on November 1 or thereabouts, we will depart with a group for the Bahamas and some others will depart for Tortola, BVI.