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post #7 of Old 05-06-2003
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Sailing through Hell Gate NY

dear hhj
please read your tide tables. the differance between tides at the battery and the throgs neck are 3 1/2 to 4 hours. you can ride the incoming tide from the throgs neck bridge and reach hells gate at slack and ride the out going to the battery. just so you can check my facts on may 10 2003 the afternoon low at the throgs neck 1:02pm. enter 2 hours later and the rising tide will help push you to hells gate. the afternoon low at the battery is 4:11 pm. once at hells gate the ebb tide will carry you to battery. the point where these 2 tides meet can be rough water so goes the name hells gate. as a coast guard capt. 100 ton/100 mile offshore with 30 years experance and after reading your profile i have a word of advice for you. stick with racing around your backyard buoy''s and leave the tide tables to us cruiser''s. regards bubba
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