Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo
We are on a slip in my old friend of 30 years who owns a marina in Cape May called Utches. In my 50+ trips down the Delaware River I have never had a better ride than today.
Up at 5 AM with the Salem nuke plant blinking at us I checked our homemade Kellet out and it the job perfectly. The tide turned twice after anchoring, with no keel wrap. Weighed anchor immediately, had a 2 knott current for one hour, then against us for 3.5 hours as we motorsailed south to meet the next ebb tide beginning. At that point the Delaware River opens up to Delaware Bay and it's famous earned reputation of the 6second interval square wave. This caused by the shallowness and long fetch can make for some of the nastiest place to be on opposing tide wind or any storm. We hit this area as the winds built to 20 kknotts steady from the SW (210 degrees). Heading at thatoint put us on a beam reach to the Cape May Canal and we took off as we unfurled our 150 at speeds averaging 8+ knots. (10+ SOG) We made record time to Cape May from Reedy Island (52 miles) in less than 7 hours total. Was a spray filled ride,but not rough as our angle cutting across the chop was perfect albet the spray.
We fit under the Canal bridge (55 feet) as our mast height with VHF is 54' so we docked and went to dinner with our friends. Nice sesame crusted tuna with Asian slaw. Big T storms
Forecasted for later on. Picked up some fresh swordfish steaks for tomorrow nights grill hopefully in Barnegt next to the lighthouse. 62 mile jaunt with winds on the nose forecast, with bailout in Atlantic City where I worked or 20 years if necessary.
Time for a movie and some good Pinot