Tag Archives: Circumnavigation

A Moonlight Manhattan Circumnavigation at the End of Summer

By Johna Till Johnson

(Sorry, no photos this time! For one thing, I didn’t have a camera. And for another, it was, ahem, dark. So I’ve used a few of Vlad’s photos from previous circumnavigations.)

She rose up ahead of us, brilliantly lit in all her resplendent orange glory: the Staten Island Ferry, blazing against the dark night sky.

It was around 3:30 AM, and she was docked at Whitehall, at the southern tip of Manhattan.

Regular readers of this blog know that I’m deeply wary of the Staten Island Ferry. (“Deeply wary” sounds way better than “scared silly”, which is closer to the truth—of all the ferries, this one is the largest and seems to move the fastest, and I worry irrationally that one day I’ll be caught in its churning engines.)

Staten Island Ferry

A daylight view of the Staten Island Ferry at Whitehall

This night was no exception: There were ten of us, and the brisk ebb current was pushing us relentlessly into the ferry’s path.

The question was (with apologies to the Clash): “Should I stay or should I go?” Should we bank on the ferry’s remaining docked for the five minutes it would take us to glide past, or should we hold up and wait, back-paddling against the current, while she departed?

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Long Island Kayak Circumnavigation: Day 10—Homeward Bound!

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

<— Previous: Day 9

Sunken Meadow State Park to Pier 40, Manhattan
44 nautical miles (51 land miles)

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Long Island Kayak Circumnavigation: Day 9—High Water Beach

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

<— Previous: Day 8

Roanoke Point to Sunken Meadow State Park
28 nautical miles (32 land miles)

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Long Island Kayak Circumnavigation: Day 8—Independence Day

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

<— Previous: Day 7

Greenport to Roanoke Point, Riverhead
16 nautical miles (18 land miles)

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Long Island Kayak Circumnavigation: Day 7—Around Orient Point

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

<— Previous: Day 6

Greenport (Bay side) around Orient Point to Greenport (Sound side)
17 nautical miles (20 land miles)

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Long Island Kayak Circumnavigation: Day 6—Across the Forks

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

<— Previous: Day 5

Montauk Point to Greenport
22 nautical miles (25 land miles)

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Long Island Kayak Circumnavigation: Day 5—Around Montauk Point

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

<— Previous: Day 4

Shinnecock Inlet to Montauk Point
36 nautical miles (41 land miles)

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Long Island Kayak Circumnavigation: Day 3—Along Fire Island

By Johna Till Johnson and Vladimir Brezina

<— Previous: Day 2

Fire Islands to Moriches Inlet
18 nautical miles (21 land miles)

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Long Island Kayak Circumnavigation: Day 2—Jones Inlet to the Fire Islands

By Johna Till Johnson and Vladimir Brezina

<— Previous: Day 1

Jones Inlet to the Fire Islands
20 nautical miles (23 land miles)

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Long Island Kayak Circumnavigation: Day 1—Off to The Rockaways!

By Johna Till Johnson and Vladimir Brezina

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Pier 40, Manhattan to Jones Inlet
32 nautical miles (37 land miles)

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