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Re: Worth of the risk to save 7% time?
Last year, on June 21st, my wife and I sailed our Cheoy Lee 31 from Cape May , NJ, to Judith Point, RI. We sailed directly there, and the trip took about 39 hours. We had a 48 hour weather window, and had fairly good wind all the way.
You should be able to do a little better on a 37 footer. I think I would sail from Norkolk to Cape May, and then decide if the weather was ok for the rest. It's sometimes hard to get the 3 day+ weather window you will need for an easy passage. You could even go up the Cheasapeake and take the C/D to Cape May if it's rough outside.
Watch out for the fishing boats offshore at night. They never answered my hails, and 1 almost ran us down. It would have if we hadn't started the motor and veered off at the last moment. They have bright lights on, and loud music blaring. They just can't see or hear you.
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