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Cape Dorys and Fireworks
Mini-Cruise and Float-in

July 3-5, 2004

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Saturday, 7/3--Port Washington, Manhasset Bay, NY

Plan on meeting in the afternoon on Saturday, July 3rd. Realization’s crew (Cruise Captain Cathy Monaghan and Bruce Halley) have a 40+ nm trip from Morgan, NJ to Port Washington and will have a fair tide (Slack) through Hell Gate at around 11:30 a.m. So we will probably arrive in Port Washington around 3:00 p.m. Fleet communications will be on VHF Ch. 16 and 68.

If conditions permit, let's form a raft-up in the area just south of the mooring field across from the Port Washington Yacht Club (Approx. 40°49'05"N 73°42'29"W. Click on the chart thumbnail in Figure 1 below.). If we don't like this area, we can always move. Once settled, let's all get together on one boat or the raft for snacks, cocktails and dinner.

Bring one or two snack items to share with the rest of the group and the fixin's for your favorite beverage. Then it's potluck for dinner. No, we don't throw everything into one pot and whatever comes out is dinner (unless you want to). But whatever you bring it’s what we'll have.

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(Approx. anchorage location: 40°49'05"N 73°42'29"W)
Figure 1. Manhasset Bay – Port Washington

Sunday, 7/4--Oyster Bay, NY

It's a short sail from Manhasset Bay to Oyster Bay but if we have late morning fog like we did last year, we may get a late start so any daysailing on Long Island Sound before heading over to Oyster Bay may not be possible. We should probably head over to Oyster Bay as early and as quickly as possible because it’s gonna get real crowded in there for the fireworks and the Coast Guard will close off the channel into the harbor by 8:00 p.m. and may make the The Cove off limits.

The fireworks will be shot off from a barge anchored just north of the northern end of Cove Neck. There’s a Security Zone around the barge, so please give it an extra-wide berth.

If we get into Oyster Bay early enough and it's not crowded, we should find room in The Cove which is located off the southwestern edge of Cove Neck and southeast of the harbor (Approx. 40°52'38"N 73°30'32W. Click on the chart thumbnail in Figure 2 below.). Don't venture too far into The Cove, it gets real shallow real fast. If it's crowded, a raftup may not be possible or safe.

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(Approx. anchorage location: 40°52'38"N 73°30'32W)
Figure 2. Oyster Bay – The Cove

If The Cove is too crowded or has been designated as off-limits by the Coast Guard, please anchor on the Cold Spring Harbor side of Cove Neck to the east. (Approx. 40°53'10"N 73°29'16W. Click on the chart thumbnail in Figure 3 below.).

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(Approx. anchorage location: 40°53'10"N 73°29'16W)
Figure 3. Oyster Bay – Cold Spring Harbor

If you are the first boat to get to Oyster Bay, please hail Cathy Monaghan aboard Realization (VHF Ch. 16/68) and let her know that you’re there and in which anchorage – The Cove or Cold Spring Harbor. If you’re in Cold Spring Harbor, please provide GPS coordinates if possible. We want to make sure that all the boats end up in the same place.

And as at Port Washington, our previous stop, bring one or two snack items to share with the rest of the group and the fixin's for your favorite beverage. Then it's potluck again and we’ll all sit back and enjoy the fireworks.

If you’re a late arrival and the channel into the harbor has been closed, use the Cold Spring Harbor anchorage indicated above and contact Realization via VHF Ch. 16/68 and let us know where you are. Please provide GPS coordinates if you can.

Monday, 7/5--City Island, NY

On Monday, Realization and her crew will be stopping at City Island and getting a mooring from the Harlem Yacht Club located on the northwest side of City Island. See Figures 4 and 5 below.

(Approx. location of HYC clubhouse: 40°51'00” N 73°47'24” W)
Figure 4. Harlem Yacht Club, 417 Hunter Avenue, City Island, NY

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Figure 5. City Island, NY

If you’ll be continuing on to City Island, please call the HYC (718-885-3235 or VHF Ch. 72) well in advance to reserve a mooring. If you want to meet up with us on City Island, let’s get together ashore at the HYC’s clubhouse.

If you don't want a mooring, you can anchor anywhere outside the mooring field but it’s a long dinghy ride to shore. Moorings are $30, and a complimentary drink for you and one guest is included in your mooring fee. The guest moorings are near the edge of the mooring field, so you probably won't be that far away from us. We’ll ask the launch driver to pick you up if you don’t want to make the trip to shore by dinghy.

Let’s decide what we want to do about dinner after we get there. There are lots of choices, including the yacht club, but unfortunately, their restaurant is closed on Mondays.


All owners of both Cape Dory power and sailboats, CDSOA members and non-members, are welcome to attend.

All captains are responsible for their own navigation and the safety of their vessels and crew.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Catherine Monaghan, 732-381-3549 or at

Please check this page often as we will include more information as it becomes available.

  Please see the "Events" page for the current Northeast Fleet Rendezvous agenda.
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This page was last revised: 6 July 2004

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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