And now, the day we’ve eagerly awaited has arrived! A beautiful morning with water as smooth as a mirror promised an excellent day for navigating the East River. Departure time from the marina was carefully planned, taking into account the tidal schedule and the corresponding direction and speed of the river current, which can reach up to 4 knots. After a brief stop for a CTD cast in the bay, we set our course towards the East River, extending from the Long Island Sound. The picturesque Throgs Neck Bridge provided a clear guide for our sailing route, and the nearby Stepping Stones Lighthouse served many years as a prominent signal for sailors. Here’s to good luck on completing this route and the anticipation of wonderful impressions as we pass by New York City!
We landed in Sheepshead Bay to meet with my friend and former colleague at the Marine Hydrophysical Institute, Alexander Alekseev, and his family – they live nearby. They visited our sailboat and we had a warm meeting at their home with a great home-cooked dinner and real Kyiv cake! How nice it is to be in a homely, friendly atmosphere after almost 5 months of sailing!