Points of interest: Essex to Hamburg Cove, pass Old Lyme and emerge from the CT River and swing West to Rowayton.
We awoke at Brewer's Essex Island Marina to a beautiful day, calm, and high temperatures forecasted.
The marina is on an island, making it necessary and fun to take a ferry across about 20 yards to the mainland so we could grab breakfast and take a walk around this historic shipbuilding town.
|History of Essex|
|The Griswold Inn|
Essex is a beautiful village. Small world category: it just so happened we ran into an old friend of Amanda's out walking her dog. She and her husband had recently moved to Essex from New Canaan.
|Ely Warf, Branford|
|Dared risk the iPhone out on the paddleboard!|
....to Hamburg Cove, a mile or so up River; an idyllic spot which reminded us of the Basin on Cape Small in Small Point, ME. We picked up a mooring for half an hour and chilled (?) while John did some paddle boarding to explore the cove.
Hamburg Cove, which has a narrow channel into the Connecticut River, is fed by fresh water and, for some reason, many schools of fish (bass?) were swarming the surface in this fresh/brackish water. Unfortunately many of the fish were belly-up which created a great incentive to stay balanced on the SUP! Natural selection?
At 1133 we motored six miles down the CT River,
|Lowering the antennae to pass under a bridge|
exited the Connecticut River
|Saybrook Breakwater Light with Lynde Pt. Light behind|
as we exited the mouth of the Connecticut River
|Tanker headed in to New Haven Harbor|
|Made in the shade, one week done!|
Today's conditions were ideal with little wind, flat seas and the tide and current helping almost 2 kts. In fact, the weather conditions for this first leg all the way from Maine to Southern CT could not have been better. Only one rough four hour day out of 36+ total running hours.
The Lady A Log blog will take a breather for a week or so while we lay over in Rowayton. We plan to do the next leg from Connecticut to Virginia fairly quickly. A friend of John's will join as crew and Amanda will take a break for the 3-4 day run. We will continue the story then.
Thanks to all who have paid attention!