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Re: Fastest route from Annapolis to NYC?

Daves advice is good advice, especially for those who want to go straight through and avoid any inlets and dont mind sailing at night. Hihs route is straightforeward and bent on a fast passage and delivery. I have done his route numerous times.

The anchorage behind Cape Henlopen breakwater is a good one. Not really wind protected as much as protected from seas and chop. If you choose that route you will have to still traverse the Delaware Bay opening which can get rough with wind oppposing current.

We have found it easier to go aorund the tip of Cape May and go into the harbor and anchor off of the Coast Gaurd Station. Its about 10 miles shorter and you dont have to worry about crossing the Delaware entrance the next day. If you need an extra day to wait out weather I would rather be in the Cape May harbor. As was posted by Jon the close in route through the Cape May Channel was not affected by Sandy. That choice is 6 of one, half dozen of another.

Most of the time we are on vacation so stopping in Cape May is one of our many stops which we truly enjoy. On our way back from the LI Sound we always allocate a couple of days there. Cape May has great shops for the wives, great restaurants, and great beaches.

There is a lot to be said for the straight through runs Dave mentioned too as you dont have to worry about the inlets. He as a delivery Captain is more likely to push his schedule than most. It also depends on your crew, boat, how well they react to being out in the ocan at night etc. He is right on about the Worton to Cape May/ Cape Henlopen passages. Play those currents to your advantage no matter what distance/ hours you feel comfortable about traveling each day.

One trip with friends I was crew the Captain insisted on " fighting" the current. Since I was crew I of course aquessed to his wishes as he was in charge and there was no danger in what he was doing. I will tell you the damn "nuke" plant in Salem was visable for over 8 hours that day and didnt seem to move as we plodded our way down the Delaware. I really got a lot of sleep that day I will say.

If your destination is at the end of the Sound or further up in New England, and have the crew or are able to do it, I would forgo the NJ coast and head direct from Cape May to Block Island which is 36 hours.

If you dont mind taking your time, seeing scenic parts like anchorages Barneget, Atkantic Highlands, experiencing the East River and Manhattan then hop up the coast and the great towns along the LI Sound...... If you are hell bent on getting there...go straight through. You know what fits you, your crew and your boat best. These are the best laid out alternatives.
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Darn - forgot one of my favorite stories. Inside Manasquan is a marina called Hoffmans. If you are running from weather getting into a slip or even alongside the fuel dock can be a problem. Three times in the last many years I've pulled in there, turned away from the fuel dock, dropped anchor, and Med-moored to the fuel dock. It would be rude to stay past the weather problem and I've always coordinated with the marina. Always blows the minds of the dock kids.
Funny I have a similar story about Hoffmans, but never tried the med morr method of gaining the dock. The current there is fierce. We did duck in one night after they closed as the weather sucked to keep going north and stayed on the fuel dock and left at 5 AM.

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Re: Fastest route from Annapolis to NYC?

Thanks Dave and Chef.

I'll have to ponder the night sailing. I just want to blow through it, and two days would be great. I'll be a a "new to me" boat though, not sure if I want to be night sailing the first time I step aboard.....
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Re: Fastest route from Annapolis to NYC?

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Yup, I was through there about 3 weeks after the storm, on a trip down from Maine... I usually pass between Eph Shoal and Prissy Wicks, and head straight for the point, that's where you mean, right?

No problem, nothing had changed as far as I could tell... There was a decent swell running, breakers on both sides as usual, but good water (relatively speaking, of course) in between...

Speaking with Chris Booth, the dockmaster at South Jersey Marina, sounds like Cape May came through Sandy virtually unscathed, he said it was no worse than your average northeaster... The only area that really got hit were the communities facing the Delaware Bay side, when the wind came west on the back side of the storm... But as far as altering the hydrography of the waters south of the point, I can't imagine that there has been real change whatsoever...
Yup dats the channel.
Thanks for the info, usually when these close in channels get filled with sand/silt they usually 're-open' themselves quite quickly thanks to the scoured marl bottom.
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Fastest is the Delta Shuttle, with a boat it's on a truck.
If my memory is correct, I don't think vtsailguy will ship his new (to him) boat via truck. I think the last boat met its demise this way.
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Re: Fastest route from Annapolis to NYC?

We left on Tuesday for NY. We've only seen a couple other boats.

First night was in Summit North. Found some shoaling at the entrance to the marina.

Now we're in Cape May at Utches. We are the second overnight guest this season. No running water yet.

My wife decided to bring ski clothes. It was a wise choice. 50 degrees max is
a bit chilly on the water and we're toasty.
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Good to hear you guys are safe and sound. Some good NW wind tomorrow and then a couple of nice days.

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If my memory is correct, I don't think vtsailguy will ship his new (to him) boat via truck. I think the last boat met its demise this way.
Nah, that was me shipping it
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Re: Fastest route from Annapolis to NYC?

A couple folks asked for details, so, I'll post for all.

On Monday, we launched our Hunter 40.5 in the snow. ;-(
Spent the overnight at Annapolis Landing. Had dinner with a friend at
the Annapolis smokehouse.

Tuesday, departed around 07:30 and arrived 16:30 at Summit North
Marina. Motored the entire way. It was uneventful in a good way. 56 nm.

Wednesday, departed at 07:00 and had the current with us in the last couple miles of the canal. Gave it back in the Delaware River where the current was against us, however, with the sails up we were showing 7-9 knots for most of the trip. The wind was on our back. We stayed east of the channel for most of the trip. Our jib sheet was not properly attached and it blew out so we were on the main for most of the trip. Our course took us close to the ferry terminal and then around the bottom, a few hundred yards off the peers and jetties; plenty of depth there. Arrived in Cape May at Utsch's at about 1600. Cut the corner from the canal entrance a little tight and touched bottom at the entrance. Dinner at Lucky Bones; I'd go back. 66 nm.

The forecast looks good for tomorrow. My daughter is threatening mutiny.
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Thanks Ed!
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