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Cape Dory Sailboat Owners
Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
Eastbound Rendezvous Flotilla to Bristol
Saturday, July 26th
Current as of: 2 June 2003
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Manhasset Bay Itinerary:
We will be meeting in the afternoon on Saturday, July
26th and forming a raft-up, if possible, in Manhasset
Bay, NY just south of the Port Washington Yacht Club's
mooring field which is indicated as "SPECIAL ANCHORAGE
110.60 & 110.11 (see note A)" on the chart. There's
8-10' of water with a soft mud bottom and good holding.
Mean tidal range is 7.3 feet.
Use NOAA charts 12366 and 12363.
Please monitor VHF Channel 16 and switch
to 72 for fleet communications.
Barker Point, marking the east entrance to
Manhasset Bay, is 5.5 nm WSW of the Glen Cove breakwater
in Hempstead Harbor, 4.2 nm NE of the Throgs Neck Bridge,
2.1 nm E of City Island, and 4.1 nm S of Mamaroneck Harbor.
CAUTION: Watch out for the commuting seaplanes
that frequently take off or land in special No-Anchoring
areas clearly marked on the charts.
The Matinecock Indians, who sold the Cow Neck
Peninsula to the first English settlers who arrived from
Connecticut in 1644, called the Port Washington area Sint
Sink (at the small stone). The Cow Neck Peninsula, which
stretches from Hempstead Harbor to Plandome was made up of
lush, green meadows with lots of fresh water and was ideal
for grazing cattle..
Port Washington remained farm country until
1832 when oyster fishing was introduced. These two industries
remained important parts of the local economy until the early
part of the 20th Century when the sand and gravel industry
was started. Sand and gravel from the area was used in the
building of New York City and the industry thrived. Laborers
were brought in from Nova Scotia and southern Europe to work
the sand banks with many of them settling in Port Washington
During the Revolution, the Whig farmers of
the Port Washington were at odds with the royalists of Hempstead
Town. This friction resulted in the formation of North Hempstead.
The residents of North Hempstead continued to battle the
British throughout the war period.
In 1898 the railroad came to Port Washington from New York City and
the area became a summer resort for the City's rich. Irish castles
and Norman mansions were built high atop imposing bluffs by notables
like Harry Guggenheim. Large hotels and popular seaside restaurants
were constructed. More and more of the waterfront was devoted to recreational
use and tourism began to play a large role in the area's economy.
During the 1930s and 40s the Navy tested
PT boats and torpedoes nearby. And following WWII the area
experienced a population explosion.
Today Port Washington has a population of
33,000 people. It is located only 17 miles from New York
City and serves as a commuter community attracting large
numbers of professionals who make Port Washington their home.
Much of the past has been preserved in Port Washington and
this combined with the beautiful harbor and residential neighborhoods
make Port Washington an ideal community in which to work