A brisk, clear morning greats us as we depart New York City. We are too tall to get through the bridges of the Harlem River so we back track the East River to the Hudson River. This way we get another chance to enjoy the gorgeous skyline of Manhattan. We move up river to Croton-on-Hudson (44NM) where we spend two days. West Point Academy is only minutes away so we rent a car and take a tour. The history of West Point is deep. During the Revolutionary War the Connecticut militia, under the command of General Samuel Holden Parsons, first occupied West Point in January 1778 making it the longest continually occupied post in the United States. The geography of this site was most important as the Hudson River takes a sharp turn and is choked to a narrow and strategically monitored bend. So narrow in-fact that a ‘Great Chain’ made of huge iron links was strung just under the water line to prevent British ships from sailing up river. After the revolution most of this chain was subsequently melted down nails, etc. However, a few links were recovered from the Hudson River. The links were carbon dated and proved to be original. These thirteen links are on display in front of the Hudson River along with their swivel joints that let the Great Chain twist and swing under the water with out breaking. The campus is overwhelming with it’s beautiful grounds, chapels, barracks/dorms, gyms, athletic fields, stadiums, stocked fishing reservoirs (Lusk Reservoir), cemetary and charming old homes. We thank the men and women who are currently in training at this amazing academy and for their upcoming service to our country. We move north up the Hudson for an overnight stop along the river at Ravena (81NM). A short trip the next morning brings us to Albany, NY (10NM). As soon as we slide into the dock at the Albany Yacht Club we take the bimini off the fly bridge and engineer the tipping down of the radar arch. We are so happy when the arch comes down smoothly and we are now able to continue our passage north under low clearance bridges toward the Erie Canal system of locks.