New Jersey Coast

16 Jun

Our last night in Cape May brought more heavy rain, thunder and lightning – and dramatic skies but departure day dawned clear. Up at 0430 and on our way by 0500 – needed to get out of marina and inlet channel before low tide at 0657. I hoped to get a last whiff of the pine or the wild roses or the honeysuckle but not to be – those heady scents will long remind me of Cape May. We had all our sails up and by 1100 we reached the Atlantic City entry. It was too early to stop so on we went. Much of the day we averaged 6+ knots but late in the day the winds started to die but with engine boost we maintained just over 5 knots. It was a fantastic sailing day and we did an amazing 86 nautical miles. With a gorgeous peach coloured sunset to the west we entered a tiny channel into Manesquan and dropped anchor just beside nav mark R2 (we had called Towboat US for local knowledge on this one as it didn’t really look accessible for 6′ draft). Luckily it was, as it was the only possibility until Sandy Hook, several hours further and we were tired. We had our anchor down by 2015, watched the antics of the local fishing tournament gathering and were quickly off to sleep. The fishermen populated the shoreline and waters like fleas in the sand. A major milestone this day was that at 1530 we crossed latitude 40N which meant we were officially out of the “hurricane box” where our insurance would not cover us for any damage from a named storm after June 1 – yahoo!

Another early start – this time to catch tides through Hell Gate of the New York passage. We were on the way by 0500 again. We passed the tip of Sandy Hook by 0915, made good time and headed in to New York, passing Staten Island and Statue of Liberty. The waters were insane – ships, barges, tugs, container ships, cruise ships, pleasure boats, ferries, water taxis, a crazy cigarette boat doing about 100, NYPD boat, NYF boat – and overhead we saw the tracker plane and just as I had thought they forgotten – we got buzzed by several security choppers. I must say, NY power boaters are bad – they do not reduce wake at all, not a bit! Being a Sunday, the weekend warriors were out in droves. All the traffic made the water boil. We had timed the tides and current right but the boiling water was insane. We passed UN, Rikers, La Guardia, while Air Canada and countless other flew overhead. Various sailboat races were in progress. The whole thing was an assault to the senses!
We reached Port Washington and picked up a mooring at 1500 – 2 nights free and pay for water taxi. We napped then headed for showers.
Tomorrow is a lay day – and day in NY, NY”

stormy days

stormy days

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Atlantic City

Atlantic City

sunset at Manasquan

sunset at Manasquan

Tstm approaching

Tstm approaching

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