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wap1602 08-23-2010 06:31 PM

Sandy Hook to Atlantic City in one long day?
The more I read about Manesquan and Barnegut inlets, the more I want to avoid them as we take our Ericson 38 south next month.
Anyone sailed/motored from Sandy Hook to Atlantic City in a day and reached it with daylight?
What kind of wind and how early do you have to leave?

CaptainForce 08-23-2010 07:05 PM

We have not taken this passage in one day because we always find t comfortable for us to enter Manasquan Inlet and then cruise from Masasquan to Abeson Ilet. With out draft we usually take the Point Pleasant Canal to the Metedoconk River before heading on the Atlantic City. Take care and joy, Aythya crew

btrayfors 08-23-2010 07:13 PM

The distance from Sandy Hook to Absecon Inlet (Atlantic City) is about 75-80 nautical miles. Certainly do-able in one long day, depending on wind and sea conditions. You'd have to leave very early, though, to get in before dark, since you'd likely be looking at a 10-hour trip or so, given favorable conditions.

HOWEVER, you can't depend on favorable conditions. I've been into both Barnegat Bay and Atlantic City with my boat (6.5' draft) due to unfavorable conditions (wind and seas building from the wrong direction, or storm threatening). Therefore, IMHO, you should:

1. lay the course out on your chart and see for yourself the distances to where you'd have to go; and

2. be prepared, if necessary, to duck into Manasquan, Barnegat, or Absecon Inlets.


FishSticks 08-23-2010 07:22 PM

That is an easy run at 6 kt. If you leave from a mooring in Atlantic Highlands you can get underway with no difficulty before dawn, if necessary, and make Atlantic City before dark. There you can anchor off the Coast Guard.

Running down the Jersey shore through the night is not a bad option either, if you have the right breeze. I like to lay over in City Island (better liberty port) and sail through the night straight to Cape May. It's about a 24 hr run, give or take.

tempest 08-23-2010 07:43 PM

If your goal is to arrive in Atlantic City in daylight from Sandy Hook,
I would plan on leaving sandy hook in the wee hours of the morning.
3 am or so.

The prevailing winds are southwest so it could be a beat or a motorsail into the wind. But it's anyones guess what the weather will be a month from now.

Make sure you fuel up somewhere before you leave. Where will you spend the night before sandy hook? Top up your fuel there!

If you don't mind night sailing...and the weather is right..I might consider doing Sandy Hook to Cape may...Then you could plan on noon to noon...sailing...

Check back next month when you are in the neighborhood...

gershel 08-23-2010 09:51 PM

By next month the days will be shorter, and it's very unlikely that you could get in before dark, unless you leave the night before and sail/motor through the night.
I did that leg last week from Great Kills. Left 6am and
motor-sailed the whole way with light wind on the nose that increased to 18kt in the afternoon. Arrived AC 11pm. Not a difficult inlet, but I'm very familiar with it.

wap1602 08-24-2010 05:02 AM

Thanks everyone.
As always, the weather will rule over whatever plans we make.

Vasco 08-24-2010 07:13 AM

Why Atlantic City? Leave Sandy Hook late in the morning and get into Cape May the next morning. Most of the times I did the trip (from Toronto) I'd leave Upper Nyack (in the Hudson) early in the morning and get to Sandy Hook early afternoon, if the weather was favourable I'd shoot for Cape May. If not, anchor behind Sandy Hook or in Atlantic Highlands and wait for weather.

donradclife 08-24-2010 07:30 AM

Atlantic City is a good anchorage and a way to break up the trip to avoid overnighting. As mentioned, leave Sandy Hook (or Atlantic Highlands) at first light, and plan on motorsailing if the winds are light. You will want a forecast of northerly winds, so wait until just after a front goes through.

sterilecuckoo58 08-24-2010 08:25 AM

Based on my first cruise experience from Jones Inlet to New Bedford, 80nm is a long way for one day (our 2 has a comfortable motoring speed of 4 kn). We planned one overnight sail and had two overnight motorings, the first by necessity and plan, the second to take advantage of reduced headwinds and head seas. We ducked into Shinnecock Inlet twice, once for a comfortable night and once due to conked out motor (no spark, self repaired at anchorage). The night cruising was awe inspiring, with enhanced star gazing and shooting stars overhead and inability to see (moon sliver set early). I'd like to do it again under sail, with the moon lighting up the seascape... so I suggests starting the night before if conditions are favorable, and you have enough crew.

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