Saturday, July 18, 2009

Gulf Stream, Northern Edition: The East River

To get from New York Harbor to Long Island Sound, you traverse the East River. It’s rather like an amusement park ride. First, you have to time your travel so you’re going down the Hudson River on the ebb (outgoing) tide, then up the East River on the flood (incoming) tide. Check; tide and current tables work well here. Then you avoid playing bumper cars with the multitude of ferries plying the rivers, because the tides are of course timed to coincide with the weekday morning rush hour. Check; credit Chris’ avoidance skills here. Then up the East River. The water pushes through here quickly (see the eddies and roils in the water here), especially at the narrow portion named Hell Gate (not a name to inspire confidence in the neophyte river traveler), and we hit 10.1 knots briefly as we man-handled the boat through the eddies and rips that wanted to turn us every which way. All in all, it was pretty painless, although the East River isn’t nearly as picturesque as the Hudson.


  1. Cool! You guys are doing great! Pretty exciting stuff!
    John and Berta

  2. Tides and currents? You have to pay attention to all that?? Oh this retired life is so much work. Sounds like a blast. Lynn

  3. You only have to deal with tides and currents if you want to avoid sailing backwards, which we've felt like at times. Of course, we didn't really have tides until we passed through the Cape Cod Canal - the tides now are running about 10 feet, a far cry from Florida!