Saturday was our final day to enjoy New York City with Julie and Tracy. The pace of the previous two days had caught up with us, so we only had one major excursion planned: A matinee performance on broadway. We slept in a little later than usual and had sandwiches on board for lunch. We then took the PATH train into the city and made a couple of connections on the subway to finally arrive at Times Square. From there it was a short walk up Broadway to the Eugene O’Neill Theater to watch the critically acclaimed “The Book of Mormon.” While providing moments of humor, the religious satire was mostly just obscene and raunchy, going for shock value over substance. Of course, maybe I’m expecting too much from a Broadway musical. The overall message of the musical is that religion is okay and can serve a good purpose as long as it’s not taken seriously. Religion’s value is in helping us to be nice to one another and feel good about ourselves. This certainly echoes the prevailing cultural and societal take on all things religious. I really don’t mind a well-done attack on my faith (I’m not Mormon, by the way), but it’s too bad the show couldn’t have dealt with the issues in a more compelling, or less vulgar manner. But, again, I’m likely asking too much of Broadway.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed going to a Broadway show with Julie and Tracy. When it was all over, we made our way back to Newport Marina via the subway and PATH trains. Once back aboard, Tracy and I hopped in the dinghy and set about removing the tannin mustache from the bows of Beatitude. We used a product called Mary Kate’s On and Off, which worked like magic. The results were amazing! The four of us then walked over to the marina clubhouse and had great fun playing some table tennis and foosball. We concluded our day with some burgers on the grill and a couple of games of Jeopardy! Our time together in the Big Apple had come to an all-too-soon conclusion.
On Sunday morning, we were up early preparing the boat for departure. By 8:25 we were slipping away from the docks, having left Julie and Tracy behind to make the six-hour drive back to New Castle. We had planned our time of departure with Hell Gate in mind. Hell Gate is a notorious section of the East River which is home to swift currents and eddy’s that can reek havoc on a transiting vessel. The current can bring an underpowered vessel to a complete stop. We left in time to catch an incoming current up the East River which would augment our progress rather than diminish it. It all worked out perfectly as we saw a record 11.5 knot current-boosted speed at times. Once we passed under the last of several bridges on the East River, the Throgs Neck Bridge, the current was slack and actually reversing to boost us along as we entered the Long Island Sound.
Our plan is to spend a week and a half or so in the area of Block Island, Newport, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and/or Nantucket before turning around and heading southward. We’re looking forward to exploring these areas and also looking forward to the arrival of more company to spend a few days with us.
Just before 6 p.m., we dropped anchor in 10 feet of water at low tide in Morris Cove, New Haven, Connecticut, home to Yale University. We let out 135 feet of chain rode since this area has tides of eight feet. The anchor dug in well and we felt secure for the night. Cindy set about making some of her wonderful spaghetti which we enjoyed with a bottle of Pino Noir. Shortly after dark, the wind started to pick up from the southwest which also kicked up some impressive chop. This made for a bumpy, choppy night on the hook. As I looked for an anchorage for the night, I noticed nearly all of them along this north section of Long Island Sound are open to the southwest. I took my chances with this one because there were three breakwaters protecting the entrance to the harbor, but they didn’t seem to help much. Fortunately, our anchor held fine, and we slept pretty well despite the jostling around. One little thing which really gives us peace of mind when anchoring is an anchor alarm app on my iPhone. We set it from the bow to make the location where we drop the anchor and then set a maximum distance from the anchor to trigger an alarm. If Beatitude moves beyond that circle, a pretty loud siren goes off alerting us that we may be dragging. It works well.