Me again... the fog lifted today and we left Atlantic City at around 8am. We headed north towards Manasquan Inlet at about 6kts under power. For the first half of the trip the wind was directly on our nose, but then it started turning, and we started turning, and the next thing we knew we were flying along at 6.5kts-7kts on a beam reach in 15-17kts of true..
The seas were kind of hard and we took a few greenies over the bow. 10 minutes out from Manasquan our 6 year old daughter had a few issues, and quickly evacuated these "issues" over the leeward side
When we took the sails down we were doing a few 70 degree (35 degrees each side) rolls and lots of stuff got strewn around down below. The current and wind were highly opposed, and I read in the coast pilot tonight that when this happens "local knowledge is recommended". I can't say it was "fun". When I headed up to drop the sails I swear our bow was doing 45 degree up angles at times!!
We made it in OK. The channel is not really marked in the inlet so some guesswork was involved. The place Cam recommended is on the far side of a railroad bascule bridge. Apparently, the bridge stays up except when the trains come through. In addition, when the bridge is up, the attendant doesn't like to keep it all the way up - it's at about a 75 degree angle. There is a 45 foot wide channel under the bridge, 20 feet of which are unusable for us due to the angle of the bridge. Of course, while we're trying to figure out how insane we wanted to be (and being encouraged by the marina just beyond the bridge [70 foot sailboats come in here!!]) a train comes by and the bridge closes. We hovered for 15 minutes against 1.5kt currents. It opened, we got ourselves psyched up and cleared the bascule by about 5-8 feet to the left. I can't wait to go out tomorrow!
We're tied up at the fuel dock 200ft away from the railroad bridge, but we ARE tied up and I'm exhausted after a day of wonderful sailing! We had a great meal that the Admiral cooked up (steak, onions, shrooms, spinach salad, asparagus) and now we're going to walk into town to see what's there.
Tomorrow... off to NYC!