June 11, 2001
Sag Harbor, NY is a perfect town for transient boaters. Besides being beautiful, it has a great anchorage in the bay outside of the breakwater, a free town dinghy dock at the shore-end of the town wharf, and everything you could need right in town including an IGA, hardware, five & dime, and library. Apparently, we passed Ed Bradley on the sidewalk yesterday, but he did not stop to say hello so we missed him (however, the people walking behind us were very excited). We would recommend Sag Harbor to both boaters and land vacationers alike.
Yesterday, a 55' wooden schooner from Denmark pulled up near us and anchored. It looks like the boat has seen a lot of cruising, but is still impressive. We believe it has a crew of 9 men - - some of whom swim in the nude!
We talked to the crew of another schooner we saw in both Mystic and Block Island who are from Washington state. They are heading to Ireland and then on around the world. Brian was ready to jump our ship and go with them! They plan to be back in Washington in September 2002.
Because of Brian and John's work our first week out (installing a new alternator and regulator), we are finding that we only need to go into a marina about once a week - - and that is just to wash the salt off the boat and take a real shower. It is working out wonderfully.
We are making lots of sun tea, continuously doing little maintenance projects, and recording as much as possible in our log. And we are looking forward to getting into fresh water and cruising the NY canals.
Two more things to note for those of you who are potential visitors to Sag Harbor, by land or sea. We highly recommend the Conca D'Ora restaurant for pizza!!!! It doesn't look like much and is very much a family place, but they had the best pizza we have every eaten. On the other side, we were disappointed in the "famous $2.00 hamburgers" at Dockside Bar and Grill. For one thing, they now cost $4.00, are terribly small, and there is an extra charge for things like tomato and lettuce. That's all I'll say on that.
Next stop: Cutchogue, NY - - the Long Island wine country! And then it is off to Oyster Bay, NY.
Jeri and Brian