Last Night on the Ocean
09 May 2017
We had the hammer down since we left Annapolis and yesterday was no exception. We left Cape May at 10:30 am. for the overnight run up the Jersey coast to Sandy Hook and NY harbour. We timed our departure to arrive at Sandy Hook at daylight and also enter the harbour on a rising tide. We started the 130 mile trip in a 15-20 knot westerly which gradually shifted NW and then dropped to less then 10 knots by the time we passed Barnegat Bay at sunset. It was actually a blessing that the wind dropped because our ETA was 3:00 am. and we didn't want to enter the harbour in the dark. We leisurely motor sailed and or sailed under jib alone arriving off Sandy Hook at 5:30.
It was a perfect night for the last ocean passage of our trip; almost full moon, beautiful sunset, spectacular sunrise and great sailing conditions. Not to mention the view of the NY skyline as we approached from the south, the only thing is it could have been a bit warmer. Actually, it was 5 degrees C. and I have to admit a return to the Bahamas was discussed. We dropped the hook by 6:30 and crawled into a cold bed for a well deserved rest.
Today's picture is of 2Outrageous off Barnegat Bay