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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

FWIW you can download current tables for the Race off the NOAA website. You do NOT want to try to go through the Race against the current in a sailboat. It is possible through the Watch Hill Passage.
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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

JimsCAL - thanks for the advice. I'd downloaded the data from NOAA yesterday and saw that if I follow the recommendations I might get a 4 knot boost if I go through as planned on the morrow. This should be fun...


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Yes, the Passage through the race, with a full current is quite something, if that's something you're considering.

The rush of water quite amazing. It creates lots of swirls like a river. I always remind myself to keep a firm hand on the wheel and hold my course. ;-)
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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

Agree with Ed in post#6. Have done this trip several times using both NY side and Conn. side. The Connecticut side is easier. Only place I’d use the NY is real close to hells gate.
Good comments about timing current. Would also mention getting through the race at the entrance to LI sound. This is another spot going with the current is worthwhile. I usually use the RI/Connecticut side and catch Zs in Stonington or Fisher. Fisher island sound is shallow enough in places you can anchor without entering either harbor in some spots.
Port Judith is another place it’s easy to anchor behind the breakwater and not enter the harbor.

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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

So if you want a shortish day one... go thru Watch Hill into Fishers Island Sound....go from buoy to buoy and anchor in West Harbor Fishers Island.

Day 2 you want to leave an hour or two before the current turns fair. You'll pick up a westerly strong current north of Plum Island. There are some eddies at fill flood. now your decision is where to anchor for day 2. You can make Pt Jef, or Norwalk... 6+ ft tidal over there. They are 50+ nm from West Harbor.

Day 3 You will have to time your departure to make the race on slack or fair ebb tide Hellgate is about 40 nm from Pt Jef ... a bit less from Norwalk. I like the LIS shore better. You can anchor off City Island to wait for the window to go for the gate.

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I too prefer the NY side, ( fewer rocks to hit) lol Though, I'm always told there are some nice marinas in Conn. I usually cross over to and from the Conn. River to Port Jeff. Or through the Gut, I guess I should explore Conn. more.
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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

I'd like to go on the NY side as well, but the first port I can reach from Newport is on the optimistic side of the first day's trip so I don't know if I should try it.


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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

Sounds good

Main think to know it’s about current not tides, they are different

As you travel down the East River through Hell gate with the current, remember it will switch at NY Harbor and the change in current heads toward you

The opposite occurs on the Delaware. If you leave 1 hr before the current changes to head north you ride the change in current with you al way to the C$D Canal and through it. The difference between. SOG being 8-10 knots or 4-5 . 80 miles in 10 hours or 40-50 miles


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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

Delaware in real numbers on July 22-24 . About the time you’ll be there give or take. You should weigh anchor by 8:30 AM to ride the currents going north to get the best push.

Hell Gate and the East River. on July 20 or give a few days try and hit the Throgs Neck ( first Bridge) at around 1-1:30. You get a huge push through and be in Atlantic Highlands by 6


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Re: Motoring from Newport, RI to Annapolis, MD - trip planning

Guess I’m out voted. If she’s anchoring and doesn’t want to go deep into harbors would just go on whatever side keeps her off a lee shore. Unlike Block I. there’s generally good holding. Personally find the Delaware boring as watching paint dry. But you do have to pay attention. The jump from Cape May to the mouth of the Chesapeake is short. Once in you can anchor on either side. Reminds me of sections of the ICW. Have only done th the C & D when forced to by weather. Never went up to Philadelphia by boat But Baltimore is surprisingly fun since they have revitalize the harbor. If she has time maybe a nice side trip.
Sailing the upper Chesapeake was difficult for us with 6 1/2’ ( we lightly touched but didn’t go aground) and no local knowledge so just as well she’s under power.
She should have a uneventful benign trip being under power. My wishes go with her.

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