A short trip up the Long Island Sound

It was time to leave New York and make our way up the sound towards Rhode Island. In preparation for this I was studying the navigation charts to have an idea of what the route would look like. This particular day we would be traveling through an area known as Hells Gates. Aptly named due to the confluence of rivers coming together in a twisted manor creating quite a rip current through here! We entered this area going with the tide and we were flying. The QM normally cruises around 1080 rpms with a speed of 8.5 – 9 knots. Going through here you can see in the photo that we were doing close to 15 knots at the same rpms! Anyway, it sounds scarier than it actually was. The channel was well marked and we had plenty of power to work with.

We made it as far as Port Jefferson our first day and docked at the Danfords Hotel and Marina. A nice little spot off the Sound and the boutique hotel here had a great little restaurant and bar.

Our next port of call was Sag Harbor. It was another beautiful day and the waters were calm….until we reached the cut where we would turn east and cruise between the Orient Point Light and Plum Gut Light. The tide was against the wind making for a nasty chop with a swift current going against us. I found this much more intimidating than Hells Gate!

Plum Gut Lighthouse
Orient Point Lighthouse

After a long day pf cruising, we arrived at the Sag Harbor Marina late in the afternoon. The docks were empty sans one large super yacht at the end of the dock awaiting a charter. It is mid May and apparently when they say the “season” here doesn’t begin until June, they mean it LOL! The town of Sag Harbor is fun. Full of shops and restaurants…and of course Billy Joel’s waterside house. Unfortunately it is currently undergoing renovations and I was disappointed I was unable to capture a picture of it before demolition. It had a great exterior wall covered in lobster floats!

Never passes up a hardware store

We spent one day exploring East Hampton!

During the tourist season there is a little trolley bus you can take to get from the Hamptons all the way out to Montauk. Unfortunately it was not running while we were there so we caught an Uber from Sag to East Hampton for the afternoon. The Town of East Hampton was very charming with lots very nice shops and eateries! It also has the best little grocery store! It was so clean and organized with a beautifully laid out produce section, cheese and fresh meat and seafood counter! A lot to see here in such a tiny space! Not usually something I wold blog about but I thought this deserved the attention.

We caught a ride over to the beach for just a bit as it was cold and windy. Only a handful of people were here….tourists obviously…but it was fun to see some of the estates that line the beach.

Our time here was short but sweet! I look forward to returning again…when the weather is warmer, there is a lot more people watching and we can explore even more what this area has to offer! There are lots of hiking trails and we did not get out to see the lighthouse at Montauk! Until then….