Winds were NNE 10-15 kn and it was a great motor sail. We could see Greenwich, CT on our starboard, some more beautiful scenery of Long Island on our port and just off the bow, an outline, although small outline, of NYC on the horizon.
We were welcomed by the marina manager of Port Washington in a water taxi and he told us we would get two nights free on the mooring balls. Bonus! It was 12:15. We ate lunch and decided because it was giving rain tomorrow, we would take the Long Island Railroad into the city and do some sightseeing today. We went in by Jim’s dinghy and saw a boat here from Shelburne, NS. They have been here a week. Actually there are three boats here that we had met in Shelburne, not all from there but were there enroute to the Bahamas. We stopped to talk to one of them and he mentioned that they were waiting to get down the East river. President Obama is here in NYC at United Nations General Assembly meetings and because of the security surrounding this, the only time boats can get down is at night. He also said the meetings should be over by Friday.
We walked up just a few blocks from the waterfront to get to the train station. Sweet little town. Thought this bistro was really cute, especially since the Captain’s favourite jam is raspberry (framboise). We bought our tickets to Penn Station, which is about a 45 min ride and then got a subway to downtown. Here is our first view of New York, New York!
We didn’t have any wait at all to get into the 9/11 Memorial and just being there and seeing the names of all who perished makes you in awe of the horrific violent act. The cascading waterfalls over the huge footprint of where the towers were is amazing. We wanted to see Ground Zero, Times Square and Rockefeller Center. Also Central Park and the Empire State Building but because of limited time, we didn’t make it either. We only arrived in the city after 16:00 and we caught our train to come back at 19:49. It is definitely a city I want to come back to see. Cheryl and I think it would be a great trip to do with our girls. Below is a collection of photos taken in the short time we were there.
Today we travelled 35.6 nm, plus numerous miles on foot.