Saturday, May 08, 2010

Clipper City sailing trip!

To continue what seemed like a week of being a NYC tourist, Paul and I were able to score the few remaining tickets to sail aboard the Clipper City (for free) today!

It was raining in the morning, but as soon as we stepped foot on the ship, the skies started to clear. We're not sure if it was a little late leaving due to the Staten Island Ferry crash earlier that morning. The crew informed us that unfortunately there wasn't much wind that day, so they only had a small sail up and the motor was running the whole time. (They did encourage everyone to "help" out with the "rigging" (?)/ pulling of the sail, which everyone did with great enthusiasm.

The 1 1/2 hour journey took us south around Governor's Island, in front of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, under the tip of lower Manhattan, and through Buttermilk Channel back to Red Hook. Plus added bonus of seeing the "OBAMA heart" building!
My coworker Clare and her family were also on the excursion!(4 year old Lucca pictured below)
Sponsored by PortSide NewYork, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and Manhattan By Sail Inc. to reactivate the Atlantic Basin and create opportunities for public programming in Red Hook.

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