2011 ALTERNATE SUMMER CRUISE
We understand that the
power boat group at DIYC has garnered the moniker of BFB
contingent. Not sure how it came about but be as it may, Til,
Just Desserts and Ceilidh met the entire fleet at Dodson’s
in Stonington on Saturday, July 23 to kick off the beginning
of the DIYC Summer Cruise. After cocktails aboard
Shenanigans we all trekked to Noah’s restaurant for a group
The next morning the BFB’s bid
adieux to the sailing fleet & headed for five days at Block.
We were joined by Marianne, Kiley & Harlan aboard Morning
Star for a few days. Dead Eye Dicks was voted our favorite
restaurant. Grandkids Sharon & Sam were in the water all the
time & loved body surfing at Scotch Beach. Put them on the
fast ferry back to New London and mom on Thursday evening.
On Friday the 3 boats went to 3
Mile where we rafted on Til’s anchor. An excursion was made
to East Hampton by taxi. Being overcast many of the glitzy
folks were parading around town – interesting.
Saturday, the beginning of week 2,
the fleet proceeded to Sag. We each took inside moorings
from Ken Deeg at Sag Harbor Launch. Lorie & Howie Simon
signed onboard Til after cycling across Shelter Island from
Cutchogue. The Commodore & family joined us also, taking the
Group dinner at Il Cappuccino
Italian Ristorante. Still reasonably priced and great food.
On Sunday afternoon the doctor
lawyer and Indian chief (they be Howie, Joel & Bob) spent a
couple of hours getting Ceilidh’s starboard engine started.
It failed to start at 3 Mile and came around on one engine.
Bob, et al were amazing! That night we all went to the Bay
Street Theater on the wharf. We saw an incredibly different
and very funny play about a gal’s summer vacation, probably
in the Hamptons. Light dinner in the café on the corner
INSERTION: It must be noted that up
until this point and throughout the rest of our journey many
Mah Jong games were played. Bob really got into it to the
point where he started to keep a tally of winners on his
I-pad. The final results had Joan as the overall winner with
Bob as runner-up.
Monday we made the short jaunt to
West Neck Harbor on Shelter Island. A beautiful anchorage
with great swimming (no jelly fish). However, our 3 boat
raft dragged at about 9 PM during a thunder storm. Most of
the storm just missed us but the light show was amazing
prior to our almost Chinese Fire Drill. But Captain Bob
maintained calm, drove us around the harbor and re-anchored
along with Ceilidh’s anchor and on to Mah Jong.
And now for new venues. Tuesday
took us thru the Peconic Bays and the Shinnecock Canal to
Jackson’s Marina. We did not have to use the lock system and
had dock space at Jackson’s, an older and reasonable stop on
the south side. After a couple days we followed the buoys
through the skinny waters of the bays. Our parade almost
went aground because Bob & Pete thought we could cut one
buoy. Sea Tow waived us back and saved some embarrassment.
Then after passing many big & beautiful homes we arrived at
the municipal marina at Westhampton Beach. Dock master Frank
and staff were terrific. The other transients were also very
friendly. A great place; just a short walk to a beautiful
town. On Saturday, start of week three, we went to a great
farmers market followed by a huge outdoor art fair. People
seem to be a bit more regular than EH. Area pretty flat so
good for bike riding. We were able to visit the Great White
Beach twice, once by dingy, once by bike. Good restaurants
and shopping. We liked Westhampton Beach a lot.
On way back we did have to use the
lock. We stopped in Dering Harbor on way home and took
moorings from Jack’s Marina & True Value Hardware. They are
a true value in Dering. Incidentally for future reference,
Shelter Island Yacht Club was very welcoming to DIYC.
So the BFB’s had a wonderful
alternate cruise going to the south side of Long Island
where we had never been before.
Pete & Ruth Connal