Staten Island circumnavigation, 7/16/05 - launching from & landing at Pier 63 in Manhattan. 50 miles, 14 hours, a long trip and a good one. Part 1 is the southbound half, from Pier 63, down the east and southeast shores of Staten Island, to our lunch break at Ward Point at the southernmost tip of Staten Island.
Staten Island Here We Come!
The date - 7/16/05
The mission - to circumnavigate Staten Island. 50 miles, 14 hours, all timed to our estuarine tide cycles (we can do distances like that and live to tell the tale because the current changes directions 4 times a day at reasonably predictable intervals - if you're ever standing on the shores of the Hudson & think it looks oddly like it's going north, that's 'cause it is!). I've done a trip as long to the Tappan Zee Bridge - but a straight out & back trip is much simpler than a circumnav - if you're running late & the current turns on you, you can always cut it short.
That's the Verrazano Narrows Bridge that connects Brooklyn and Staten Island. We are travelling down between the shore and the freighter anchorage. We actually paddled right past the Statue of Liberty and the very photogenic Robbins Reef Light already - but we were running about 1/2 an hour late because, er, somebody overslept her alarm a bit & only made it by pure luck (Lyn called me to see if we should reschedule actually due to a couple of possible no-shows, including our ringleader, Dan S - I didn't even get to the phone in time but the ring)
Fortunately I always pack for these things the night before and my paddling companions, Lyn, Tom, & Dan were nice enough to wait for me. I think I broke all my personal records for getting on the water - and I'm so glad 'cause it was a fascinating day.