In a knot
14 September 2018 | Sandy Hook anchorage
Friday 9/14 - I listened to Chris Parker again at 0730. His forecast for Saturday and Sunday was for winds 15/20 knots from the ENE, easing on Monday to 5 knots from the S, with a swell from the SE of 6ft at 14 seconds. Possible gale conditions on Tuesday. The perfect weather forecast for this trip. I left Port Washington at 1245, passed Hell Gate at 1445, went through the Buttermilk Channel at 1535 and The Narrows at 1615. I unfurled the staysail at 1625 and arrived at the anchorage near the Coast Guard station inside Sandy Hook at 1745. But after the anchor chain had run out for a bit it suddenly stopped and wouldn't go out any further. No matter what I did by pulling the chain in and shaking it up and down, it did not free itself. There was a blockage somewhere inside the chain locker. I went below, open the locker door at the foot of the forward berth and found the chain all entangled in itself. Somehow a huge knot had formed and it took me quite a while to untangle the mess. I guess the chain must have piled up when I last pulled anchor in Port Jefferson and later fallen over itself while underway, or when I let it out just now.