Category Archives: The Trip North – Bahamas to Long Island Sound

Rye to Mystic

After week-ending it to Oyster Bay and other nearby harbors, we decided to spend most of August and early September re-visitng as much of eastern Long Island Sound as we could manage.  We spent a nostalgic night anchored behind the breakwater in Stamford Harbor just off the yacht club. The next day, after dodging horrendous thunderstorms using our  boat radar and the even better NOAA phone apps, we found ourselves sitting at the service dock at Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook while they figured out why the starboard head wouldn’t flush.

Early the next day, we were off to Mason’s Island Marina in Mystic for family time and kick-back as we explored with our newly-acquired boat-friendly folding bikes. But wait! A few miles later, we discovered that problem wasn’t fixed. So back we went. A day later we were off again.

We happily picked up our MIM mooring, settled in and got organized. The bikes went ashore in the dinghy and we were reminded just how convenient everything is to MIM. The nearby, very lovely YMCA participates in the “Y Anywhere” program so we had the option of using their facilities with our Rye Y memberbship. On the way we passed the “local favorite” Seawell Seafood Market and strung out along Route 1 (Williams Ave) – less than a mile from the marina  – was just about anything you could want or need.  The top-notch Big Y Supermarket, gourmet Mystic Market East, our first choice Mystic eatery – Mezza (FKA The Pita Spot), Dunkin’, Subway, Sea Swirl (fried seafood take-out and ice cream), two dog groomers, three hair salons, Mystic organics, expansive Mystic Cycle (fixed our flat), two more restaurants, a pizzaria, and more.  Charming “downtown” Mystic’s dinghy dock is also less than a mile providing easy access to all that is there. And a half mile further north is Mystic Seaport’s dinghy dock. Perfect – and our daughter and her family were less than a mile as well! And, for the required business trip home, Amtrak was just 1.4 miles.

This was a very, very hot week-end – upper 90s. And on Sunday, we were entertaining extended family for a day sail and lunch at Fishers Island.  My day dawned with the announcement – “Don’t go in the starboard head!” Well, I couldn’t even get out of our cabin because the floor boards were up. Remember that head problem. Well it still wasn’t fixed!! Only now the problem had been created by the “fix.”  Three hours later, the boat was habitable and sort of ready to welcome company.  The good news was the yard that had fixed the problem had a sister facility in Mystic – so, to their credit, we moved the boat to their dock and Pilots Point sent their repair people to fix the fix.  (Long story short – we  still have a whiff that has never ever been there so when the boat is hauled, new holding tanks will be installed and the whole system reviewed – again).

On to Fishers Island’s East Harbor and Bristol, RI……