Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sunday Hudson River Sail

For the first time since my arrival in New York City we took Reboot out for a sail.  The weather after two days of rain turned beautiful.  This was nice not only for us but also because Sunday was the “Race for the Cure” in Central Park (about 30,000 runners and walkers) and “Broadway on Broadway” the annual free Broadway Show kickoff concert in Times Square.  Our plan was to fight the current down to the area of the Statue of Liberty and then ride it back up toward the George Washington Bridge.  As always happens the best laid plans didn’t work out that way.  No sooner had we left the marina then we found our way south blocked by a row of Coast Guard Auxiliary boats.  There apparently were motorboat races for Harbor Day.  So we mucked around in midtown and above in winds that clocked all over the compass and went from nothing to 30 knots to nothing in a two or three minute period.  It was not exactly the leisurely sail we had anticipated.

The good news is that we got to see some interesting antique and reproduction boats as Harbor Days was in celebration of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River.

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