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Re: Trip planning

James advice and figures are spot on and sound. You want to be to the Miah Maul area by 11:23 when the current changes and heads against you.

Anchoring behind Reedy is easily done, however I would not enter this anchorage after dark if you have never been there as it is narrow and unlit between two rock jetty's. Assuming you leave Rock Hall in the AM this should not be a big deal as it is only 58 miles or 11-12 hours, I would go for this approach as you will have a quick ride on the "Express" the following day and Make Cape May Canal Entrance ( 44 nm) by 1 PM.

I would suggest leaving Reedy at 6- 6:30 as the flood has 1 more hour and run into the ebb. You get about 5.5 hours of ebb averaging 7 knots under motor sail.

Your boat fits easily under the bridges in the Cape May Canal ( 55ft) saving you another 2 hours. You should be tied up at Utches at 2-3 PM giving you plenty of time to clean up, and have a few cold ones.

As we previously discussed the run to Barnegat can easily be accomplished in 1 or two days ( 30 miles to Atlantic City and 65 to Barnegat). I would not be concerned about the current direction too much unless there is an NE or E component in the wind. Breaking it up will certainly be more leisurely and giving yourself some daylight time to go through the very winding shoaled Sedge Island channel to the Barnegat Bay in good day light is a good idea.

Your plan is a good one Good luck

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