The Story

The age and desgin of Velella are reminiscent of the age of sail when sailing craft plied upon the waters of Long Island's Shores

25 feet of waterline = Fun

Velella was built and launched in 1977 by the Cape Dory Yacht Builders.  She was last sailed upon the waters of the Peconic Bay as the S/V Arianne under owner David Air of Orient, NY.

She was found with a For Sale sign alongside main road on the North Fork of Long Island located at Albertson's Marine in Southold.

After a brief inspection and negotiation with the owner, Velella was purchased on June 25th, 2011.  After spending the summer in the yard at Albertson's, Velella was hip and stern towed, to the New Suffolk Shipyard for shrinkwrap and winter storage.

Nearly a year after her purchase and countless hours and expense under a rigorous refit, Velella was christened, launched, and berthed at Cutchogue Harbor Marina in Slip 25 for the remainer of the Summer/Fall 2012 season.

After wintering in Albertson's Marine in Southold for  2012/2013, Velella was bottom painted, hull waxed, and launched on April 7th, three days after I turned 44 years of age.  On april 22nd after bending on sails and some spring refitting, she was sailed around Orient Point via an overnight in Mt Sinai harbor covering 98 nautical miles in a record speed/time of average 6 plus knots in under 20 hours.



Getting some SUP time on the water.

Getting some SUP time on the water.

Cape Dory

Carl Alberg was noted for his design of sailing yachts that favored high winds and changing conditions found here on Long Island.   His full keel, sloop rigged, traditional design have sustained the test of time in Velella, a bristol fashion daysailor based in Cold Spring Harbor.

Cold Spring Harbor

Moored on the Southwestern corner of Laurel Hollow, Velella rests  in one of the cleanest bodies of water on Long Island's North Shore.  The habor is known for it cool fresh water springs that are responsible for the brackish clean waters upon which Velella plies through the sea.

What to expect?

Your Sailing Vessel is equipped with all the required USCG safety gear including Life jackets for adults (properly sized child PFD's must be brought to the vessel). 

A cooler awaits with plenty of room for beverages and food items. 

A restroom is located forward in the boat as is washing facilities.

Pack a soft sided bag with a light waterproof jacket and or pants if winds and weather merit.


The best way to travel.

Sailing is a fine way to experience the unique   perspective of long island away from the hustle and bustle of the main land.

Velella offers a large seating area (cockpit) in addition to a sleeping/sitting berth below to take shelther from sun and sea.

As Cold Spring Harbor is very protected by land on all sides, our sails are conducted on calm waters with much to see in all directions.

By request and weather conditions permitting, the Vessel will put into to nearby beaches for shallow water swimming and beach venturing.