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Anyone in Cape May?

I'm in Chesapeake City thinking of running down to Cape May tomorrow (May 8) with a group of other boats I know. They all have marina reservations but have been told the place is chock a block full of boats held up by weather and no more slips are to be had.

Does anyone know the situation out in the anchorage by the Coast Guard base? I've spent time there before but it can be a zoo when it's over full.

Any local knowledge about anchorage changes in Atlantic City due to Sandy also appreciated.
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Re: Anyone in Cape May?

Hi, For the last several times I've been throuh Cape May, I've anchored behind the light( FR "14") where you turn for the canal. It's about 8' with good holding. In Atlantic City, many boats anchor by the CG station, but for better protection go across the inlet to Brigantine. The entrance is narrow and intimidating, but if you stay between the center and the left side there's plenty of water. Once you have the entrance lined up, use some landmarks behind you to act as a range, to keep the current from setting you sideways.
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Re: Anyone in Cape May?

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The anchorage off of the Coast Guard can get "busy" Have you tried Utsches Marina? I would be surprised they have no room. Ask for Charlie or Wayne.

Also Atlantic City has the Farley Marina always slips but expensive in the summer maybe reduced rates now or Kammermans...inexpensive both are in Clam Creek.

As far as AC there are two anchorages we have anchored in..

The area west and slightly south of the Green 13 before the Brigantine Bridge was unaffected by Sandy. You will see 17-23 ft of water there, sandy bottom good holding. large current 2-3 knots and 7 ft tide change.

There is a great anchorage north of the Red 12 in the marshes and the channel leading to it is right before Rum Point. The directions for heading in are described really well in Active Captain as I recall. We used this, but have not since Sandy and this area may have been affected.

One last note: You could go to Cape Henlopen and anchor behind the breakwater. Lots of room there and Dave ( S/V Auspicious's favorite spot
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Re: Anyone in Cape May?

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Have you tried Utsches Marina?
One of my friends got their last spot this afternoon. Cape May is choked with boats held up by this weird weather system that doesn't quit. That's why I'm concerned how full the anchorage may be.

I'm not in a great hurry. I might decide to run up to Philly just to do something different. Lots of marinas and an anchorage off the airport. I used to be a pilot so airport noise doesn't upset me too much.

Just a 38 mile run from here to Philly and then a doable 76 mile run down to Cape May. It might be a good way to kill time until the weather clears up.
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Re: Anyone in Cape May?

yes, it's been chilly at best here in South Jersey. Expecting rain the next couple of days too
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Re: Anyone in Cape May?

There is always Lewes, DE across the bay. The city dock in right down town, and there is fine dining 1 block away. Of course you could also anchor a few hundred yards up the Broadkill, my home waters.
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Re: Anyone in Cape May?

What about behind Wildwood Crest or Wildwood proper? you would be at best only a couple of miles from Cape May
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Re: Anyone in Cape May?

Mad,

You cant get anchor back there with a keelboat. You d be in the navigational channel.

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Re: Anyone in Cape May?

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Mad,

You cant get anchor back there with a keelboat. You d be in the navigational channel.

Dave
Are you referring to Sunset Lake, just 3 n.m. north of the inlet on the Jersey ICW?

It is recommended as an anchorage by Schellenger in his classic "Cruising the Chesapeake" guide, with reported 7 to 29' depths. It appears there is a bascule bridge on my chart, so you should be able to make it.

Given the tremendous tidal current on Delaware River and Bay, I would not want to add mileage to the trek south by heading to Philadelphia. Seventy-six miles on the Delaware is quite a bit longer than seventy-six miles on the Chesapeake, when you consider an up-to-2 knot adverse current for at least 6 hours...

If you plan to sail north, Cape May is a good choice. It is a surprisingly long way across the Delaware Bay from Lewes to Cape May, with bloodthirsty flies, ship traffic and shoals in your path. (I would certainly defer to chef2Sail and S/V Auspicious [and JonEisberg and pdqair] as having more experience than most in that area of the world.)

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Re: Anyone in Cape May?

there are also docks and a marina in Wildwood Crest not far from the bridge. A couple of years ago I took a day charter on a tall ship out of there.

Sunset lake is another possibility. I think that was where Turtle Gut Inlet used to be
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