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08-06-2011 09:12 AM
SVAuspicious A lot depends on what you are up for. If you sail straight through you can make it from Stamford to Chesapeake City in a bit over a day.

Alternatively, you could do Stamford to Sandy Hook (time-of-day for favorable current permitting) in daylight, then make Atlantic City, then Cape May or Henlopen (do you fit under the bridge at Cape May? If not you might as well make Henlopen), then Chesapeake City.
08-05-2011 08:07 PM
Tempest Hi Tim,

I'm not buying the sad newbie..plea, since you are the proud new owner of a 37' sailing Vessel.....;-)

Re: weather, you're right, it's a combination of all of the above:
Wind speed, Direction, sea state etc.

By way of example.., there's a small craft advisory for the coastal waters off NJ from saturday afternoon to sunday evening. Small craft advisories are not in themself a concern for you..but in this case they're predicting S winds gusting to 25 for sunday afternoon.
seas 3- 5 feet. In your case ..heading south to cape may..this would not be what I would call a favorable report. It wouldn't nec. deter vessels with ample crew...willing to tack down the coast for 24 hours..(.it wouldn't be a fun motor sail....)

National Weather Service Marine Forecast

If I were looking to head south...I like the late monday/tues/ early wed window better..with Tues being the best..with NW winds......seas 2-4....

The nice thing about staging yourself at Sandy hook, or the Highlands is that you can stick your nose out..and see what's going on...if you don't like what you see, you can come back in at manasquan and take the inside route through Barnagat bay for a day...or sit out another day at Sandy hook...

Someone else may have a different take...but I'm assuming you'd rather not beat into a 20 to 25 knot breeze for 24 hours.. ( 25-30 apparent)
08-05-2011 06:54 PM
CapTim heh, thanks Tempest!

If I might demonstrate myself to be a sad, sad little newbie and what not, what are you looking for in a weather window? I'm told by many it is a sea state of no more than 3 to 4 foot swells. Others might suggest wind speeds under, say, 15 knots, and some folks would say the direction is more important than strength.

Granted, all of these things figure into 'good weather', as does temperature, humidity, and availability of rum. But, specific to this time of year and this area, what do you picture in your mind when you picture a good day of weather?

Which is to say, what is the day going to look like when Rock just can't help himself but join me for the trip down?
08-05-2011 04:45 PM
rockDAWG
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Tim,

As others have said, this is a pretty straighforward trip; but it requires having a good handle on the Tides and Currents, especially in the East River. If you do a search I'm sure there are several threads on Hell Gate.

If this is a new to you boat, my suggestion besides studying the route, the tides and currents etc. , would be to make sure you have a reliable engine and of course a full tank of fuel.

Also, wait for a good weather window to do the overnight sail on the Jersey Coast.
It's about 24 hours + or - from Sandy Hook. The prevailing wind..is SW, so just about in your face..so don't be surprised if you have to do a fair bit of motor sailing.

If you catch a mild system moving through, you might be able to get some winds with a NW, NE component..

Enjoy the New Boat and have a Great trip!
I always listen to him.
08-05-2011 04:11 PM
Tempest Tim,

As others have said, this is a pretty straighforward trip; but it requires having a good handle on the Tides and Currents, especially in the East River. If you do a search I'm sure there are several threads on Hell Gate.

If this is a new to you boat, my suggestion besides studying the route, the tides and currents etc. , would be to make sure you have a reliable engine and of course a full tank of fuel.

Also, wait for a good weather window to do the overnight sail on the Jersey Coast.
It's about 24 hours + or - from Sandy Hook. The prevailing wind..is SW, so just about in your face..so don't be surprised if you have to do a fair bit of motor sailing.

If you catch a mild system moving through, you might be able to get some winds with a NW, NE component..

Enjoy the New Boat and have a Great trip!
08-05-2011 04:00 PM
rockDAWG Hahaha..... We just did the Annapolis to Cape May round trip last Friday non stop except one night ( a few hours) in Cape May. Total sailing/motoring time was 34 hrs. In the return leg, we went out around the Cape, the current was on our side. We did 7.5 kn with less than 10 kn wind. It was a magical ride. . But don't ask me about the last 6 nm before hitting the entrance of C&D canal. I thought we were dragging the anchor..... hehehe (what goes up, must come down)

Oh yeah, Chesapeake City dock is free with plenty of water around.
08-05-2011 03:37 PM
CapTim Nice.. thanks for the link, Donna. Good to briefly meet you in the chat this afternoon, too.

And Rock.. you threaten me with a good time like that, I might have to take you up on it!
08-05-2011 03:31 PM
DRFerron
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Very cool... I'll be looking for the various tide/table resources next. I assume Bowditch covers the area?
I have Eldridge's on board, but you can also print the tables from NOAA's Tides Online site.
08-05-2011 03:30 PM
rockDAWG Cap Tim, it should be an easy and fun trip. Like others said, watch the current and tides at Hell Gate.

1. Sail down to Sanding Hook drop anchor and rest for the night
2. Head out to Cape May and sail thru the nite, a lot of traffic at nite
3. Drop anchor next to Coast Guard station in Cape May.
4. Watch the current and tides and motor thru Cape may canal.
6. Next morning, you will be in Chesapeake city.

Chesapeake City is my backyard. If you need someone to go along with you, let me know. I may able to join depending your departure and the weather windows.

Good luck
08-05-2011 03:12 PM
CapTim Very cool... I'll be looking for the various tide/table resources next. I assume Bowditch covers the area?
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