Friday, June 28, 2013

Day 4 Oyster Bay to Mattituck Inlet

Novella spent the morning in Oyster Bay (please revisit the blog soon for pictures and story). After a late start it was a long run against headwinds and across crosswinds with a mostly foul tide along the South Shore of Long Island Sound. Novella arrived at  Mattituck Inlet just before dark and docked at the new Strongs Water Club and Marina (the old Matt-A-Mar).

The marina manager, Ted Webb generously offered dockspace for Novella to re-provision and to wait for another sunny day to propel us further along towards Orient Point, Montauk and the completion of our circumnavigation at the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays.

As of this writing we plan to depart early Wednesday morning to continue our circumnavigation.

Strongs Marina is very accommodating, and we really appreciate them going the extra mile to help.

Pictured below is Ted Webb, Marina Manager with several of his assistants in front of Novella.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Day 3 onboard Novella

Day 3 NYC

4am -- Depart Lawrence Yacht Club .. East Rockaway Inlet to Atlantic Ocean .. into a placid mystical calm and foogy ocean .. Ted reports that the calmest waters have been in the ocean. The boat is nurtured by the current as the Novella heads west toward Verrazano Bridge along a shadowy coastline.
.. Sun finally peeked out of the clouds at 0800.  Up the shore line and under Verrazano Bridge. Watching parachute jumpers at Coney Island .. Sailing into an array of full colored vessels in the metropolis harbor -- Fireboats, the Statue of Liberty in velvet green, helicopters, the Freedom Tower, under the Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Hell Gates to the East River. Now in the blaze of full sun, crusing at 7 knots and crossing under the flight path of LGA, Whitestone 
Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, into the Town of Oyster Bay, where the crew enjoyed hot pizza ordered by the folks at Sagamore Yacht Club where Novella docked for the night.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Day 2 - Navigation Map

Days 1 & 2 (June 25th and 26th 2013)

On Day 3 (June 27th 2013) Solar Boat Novella will be leaving the dock at 5:00am tomorrow heading around New York City for the Long Island Sound

Day 2 - Wednesday June 26, 2013

The curious and fearless Little Feather on her maiden voyage.

Solar boat “Novella” departs at 5:30am from the Connetquot Canal in Oakdale and is heading west into Reynolds Channel, passing by the Robert Moses Causeway (a moment of silence here for the victims and families of  9/11.   The beloved Twin Towers used to be majestically visible in this spot).

Wednesday 6/26/13
At 10:00am Novella is cruising along the shores of Long Beach

At 11am Novella is on the inside of the barrier islands, just east of the Jones Beach Water tower

PM "Novella" faced with clouds and little sun.  Anchors at Lawrence Yacht Club at no charge thanks to Dave the Dockmaster.

Dinner and clean up - Tipi Ted!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CBS News Report on Solar Pioneer Solar Boat Novella

Day 1 - Tuesday June 25, 2013

Solar boat “Novella” departs from Riverhead at 7:00am heading to the Shinnecock Canal and passing under Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays at 8:45AM. Headwinds are high as the boat travels on to Bellport to meet a CBS news reporter at 1:30pm.  The crew is filmed and is broadcast on CBS news at 5:00pm