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Figuring out currents for Delaware River/Bay
Hi All -
On our way from Annapolis to Lake Champlain, we'll be leaving the C&D Canal on approximately May 8th and heading towards Cape May.
I show a 1.1kt ebb flow at 0700 right at the eastern end of the C&D Canal where we'll be entering the Delaware. I'm fairly new at factoring currents into timing. It looks like we'll have the ebb for 2 hours or so, and then we'll start fighting the flood, and we may be fighting that with a 2+ knot current for a good portion of the rest of the way. The problem I'm having is that there is such a drastic difference with ebb/flood timing between the C&D Canal and Cape May. It's difficult to figure out how to compute timing.
For those of you that have some extra time on your hands and tide/current tables, do you have any thoughts as to the best time to get started in the morning (or if I should wait) and how long it may take me to get to Cape May (or specifically Red Nun 10) assuming a cruising speed (with no current) of approximately 6 knots?
Can you walk me through the best way to figure this out so I can do it myself in the future?
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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