Our destination for Wednesday was Old Saybrook, a mere 20 nm from Stonington. We took our time leaving because Jim had another LLS call at 9am, which lasted a little longer than an hour. While he was on the call I did the engine check and made sure everything else was ready for our departure. Once the call and all the follow-up emails were done, we eased out of slip and turned toward Stonington.
It was yet another perfect morning. We are so lucky that so many of our days have been clear, cool and calm. We had the relentless winds at the beginning of this trip. But once we got beyond Nantucket, the winds really calmed down. We, of course, have had our rainy days, but considering the number of days we’ve been cruising, those rainy days have been a very small percentage of the total. We hoped the weather would hold because we wanted to have drinks with Anne and Henry up on the flybridge in the evening.
Our passage to Old Saybrook took a bit longer than the distance might suggest. That was mainly because we had current against us the whole way. There was no way to avoid it because of the tide schedule at this time of the year in Long Island Sound. It wasn’t too bad. Most of the time we had a half knot to a knot against us. The worst was 2 kts for about a half hour.
But we made it to Stonington about mid-afternoon and got tied up at the Saybrook Point Marina. We had stayed at SPM last year when we cruised up the coast on our other boat, Sea BLyS and like it very much. It’s a lovely marina with slips long enough for a 60’ boat and an Inn with many amenties, all of which are available to marina customers. We set about washing down Curiosity and then got our bathing suits on to spend some time in the Inn’s hot tub. It was so nice to let all that hot water bubble around us without worrying about whether any was being wasted!
The evening was proving to be as nice as we had hoped. We tidied up, broke out the cheese and crackers and got the flybridge ready for cocktail hour. About 10 minutes before we expected Anne and Henry to arrive another boat pulled into the slip next to us. This was a large, old Hatteras with about 15 or 20 people on board. The people were talking loudly and the music was playing even more loudly. Worse, the boat sat in the slip spewing out diesel exhaust, which was wafting over onto Curiosity. This was not what we had in mind for cocktail hour! As best we could make out, however, the boat was returning from some sort of business outing to honor one or more people who were leaving whatever business they all worked for. We hoped that meant that people were being dropped off and that the boat and its exhaust would leave shortly. In fact, that is exactly what happened and the serenity of the evening returned.
We were now ready to entertain. Anne and Henry arrived; we mixed up some gin and tonics and settled down to enjoy the evening. We had a wonderful time with them on the boat. They got the requisite tour and then we repaired to the flybridge to catch up on everything since our last visit on Sea BLyS. Anne and Henry had just gotten back from a week in Tuscany with some other friends and their descriptions made Jim and I want to hop on a plane to fly to Italy right then.
Henry had made dinner reservations at a local seafood restaurant, Liv’s Oyster Bar. We had a very good dinner of cherrystone clams, mussels, trout, lobster risotto, shrimp and grits and haddock. Excellent food with excellent company. What else is there?
The next day, Thursday, would be an early morning departure for us. We would be going to Port Jefferson on the Long Island side of the Sound. We estimated that it would take us about 4 hours to make the trip. Again, we would have the current against us for the middle and latter part of the passage. So we prepared as best we could after we got to the boat and then turned in early.