Passage to USA – Arrival

The sky remained overcast for the remainder of the passage. Seas were boisterous as the ocean depth decreased from 1000m to around 70m. Waves broke easily around us and Blue Heeler broached now and again, but all was fine in our snug cockpit cubby for the final 24 hours.

As usual, a welcoming committee of white bellied Dolphins played in the bow wave 70nm out from New York. I searched for life on the airwaves tuning into classic rock 104.3FM which pumped out great songs from ‘our’ era such as ‘The Joker’, ‘Sharp Dressed Man’, ‘Centrefold’, but unfortunately that dismal cover of ‘Live and Let Die’ by Guns’n’Roses slipped into the set. I’m sure this same set of songs were playing 23 years ago when we were last in New York! The Ambrose Channel is long and I spent the trip up filling my camera with images. The channel markers are clearly visible, some with clanging bells to guide the way on foggy days. The impressive Verrazano Bridge goes to Staten Island on our port side. Further up we sailed our tired, poor and huddled bodies by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, also on the port side, and Governors Island to starboard. A bit further is where the Hudson River travels west along Manhattan Island while the East River branches, er, east! It’s here we catch glimpses of that impressive industrial wonder of the world the Brooklyn Bridge.

We arrived at the 79th Street Boat Basin on the Hudson River by 10am where we grabbed a mooring for our stay. For $180 a week it has to be the cheapest accommodation in the heart of Manhattan.

Clearing into the country is less complex than I imagined it would be. Although not straightforward, and a bit of footwork, by early afternoon we and boat were cleared for entry. We spent the rest of the afternoon trying to keep out of the heavy rain and sought free wifi and food from Starbucks. Once outside the sun was out and the afternoon was glorious. In the evening we joined another Aussie guy for a few drinks at a few pubs! New York City is our home for a while so we have a lot of exploring to do but tonight I’m going to have a long sleep!

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