August 17, 2009... Up the Connecticut River

We’d heard so much about Essex we decided to cruise up the Connecticut River to give it a try. Leaving Joshua Cove and the Thimbles was hard - hands down these were the most beautiful places we had been so far. But up anchor in the hazy, still morning, and out to the Sound. After a couple of hours there was a whisper of wind -- so we tried the jib... then the main... and we were off! Not speedily, but a comfortable 3-4 knots with the wind at our backs. Had a very small visitor on the way - a barn sparrow made itself a perch on one of our jib sheets and cruised along with us. We got to the Saybrook breakwater easily, then motored against the current a little ways to the railroad bridge. We missed 2 openings - one by a hair. So we circled a few times and finally got through. Up the river we went and looked for an anchorage. We tried two that the cruising guide recommended - one (far side of Nott Island) was too shallow (we found the bottom in a place marked 11 feet!!!) and one (Hamburg Cove) was completely filled with moorings - none of which would have allowed us the swing room we need. So, back down the river to settle behind the red marker across from the town of Essex. Anchor down, beautiful night.

Essex: +41° 21' 15.66", -72° 22' 42.00"

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