SMSA New York City '09 Cruise (Proposed)

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Cruise with SMSA to New York City in 2009

Draft Cruise Plan

We have put together the outline for a cruise to Manhattan for 2009. (It's is never too early to start planning a three-week cruise.) In this case “outline” means a sketch that is adjustable in duration, start date and ports of call. The outline currently shows three weeks – with ample weather reserve and an optional lay day in NYC. The ports of call have been used before, in part or all by Virginia Dare and Reflections.

If you think that you may want to join this cruise, and we hope some of you will, then feel free to join in on its planning with us. Everything is adjustable up until the January Cruise Plan meeting, in order to attract the greatest amount of participation. The sidebar table shows the current, very much 1st outline.

You can examine the NOAA chart for many of the suggested destinations by clicking on the destination in the sidebar.

Delaware City proved to be a great hit with all on the 2008 Delmarva cruise. Good eats, deep (enough) water and floating docks: It sets just north of Reedy Point and sets-up the fleet for a nice, with-the tide-run down the Delaware Bay in the morning.

Delaware CIty (Delaware R. top)

Cape May offers a nice little anchorage right by the USCG station, or a number of 1st class marinas if you prefer. If you fit the Cape May Canal, reduce the distance by 9-nm. Cape May is the right place to spend some weather reserve waiting for a gentle following breeze up the NJ coast.

Cape May showing the canal & harbor

Absecon Inlet, aka Atlantic City has little to recommend it other than the right distance for a decent day-sail and a place to set the hook for the night (in a 2-3-kt tidal current). It, like Cape May, offers an easy, jetty protected entrance from the sea.

Absecon Inlet (Atlantic City at top)

Barnegat Inlet allows the long grind to NYC to be sliced back some. According to SSCA sailors who have used the inlet, it is a very good anchorage, but not to be used in a tide vs. wind situation: the entrance lumps up. We have no personal experience with Barnegat. Here is a Seven Seas Cruising Association member's reply to my July request for info:

Just observe the whole tide versus wind rule and Barnegat's really not a bad inlet. When entering from the south you'll get a better ride if you stay off until you're abreast and approach as if you were coming from the north.

The inlet itself has 2 stone jetties. The south jetty is obvious, the north is deceiving. The off shore end of the jetty is submerged most of the time. You'll see the light on the end of the jetty, just realize that the jetty is continuous from the light to shore. Sometimes local fishing boats will scoot across the jetty at high tide, don't be misled.

Once lined up favor the north jetty when entering or leaving. Once you're in the inlet the submerged section will be obvious to you. You really want to be close to the north jetty all the way in. The water is deep all the way. Go straight in until you can only make a hard turn to port. The town, lighthouse and Coast Guard station will all be off your port bow. Straight in, the channels well marked and still deep along this section.

Once past the light house you'll come to a fork. To starboard leads to a meandering channel that heads towards the bay, you don't want that. To port, almost straight ahead is a channel that leads to a local anchorage, Meyers Hole. Deep enough for you, sand bottom. Check on your chart 39° 45.552'  / 74° 06.966 '

As far as depths at the town front goes I believe it to be good for you but I have no first hand knowledge. I see you're from Solomon's, we're there for the weekend, small world.

Bill
s/v Veranda

Barnegat Bay entrance

Or, for those more hard-nosed Atlantic sailors, who scoff at 6:00 o’clock martinis under anchor, in raft… sail on! One can leave either Cape May, or Absecon and make a night sail of it, tucking in next day at Sandy Hook’s pretty Horseshoe Cove for a night (or two) to wait for the rest at 74° 00' W x 40°.26' N. This will also be our anchorage if needed to wait for weather when returning south.

Newport Yacht Club & Marina is situated on the Hudson River, directly across the river from lower Manhattan. On NOAA chart 12335 the marina is due west of Franklin St. on Manhattan's west side. The marina has modern floating docks – large clean restrooms and showers and laundry facilities. In 2007 the marina charged $2.00 per foot – maybe upper-end by Chesapeake standards, but a steal by the standards of the NYC area! The marina is rolly by day because of the Hudson River ferries, but it flattens out nicely at night. The town of Newport is an unexpected, jewel of a place to stop. It has tree-lined boulevards, outdoor restaurants, provisioning and shopping. Even better, it has a one-block walk from the marina to the NJ light rail (The PATH) leading directly (under the harbor) to Manhattan and the NYC subway system.

Newport Yacht Club & Marina (Jersey City, NJ)

We hope to gather a fleet of half a dozen or so boats. We need not confine the cruise to SMSA boats. If you have friends who might be interested, invite them along for the sail and to join in on the planning.

Treat yourself to a sail past Lady Liberty next season.

To offer your thoughts, or intention to join, contact me!

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Destination

Solomons

Rhode River

Worton Ck

Delaware City

Cape May

Wx Reserve

Wx Reserve

Absecon Inlet

Barnegat Inlet

Newport NJ

Lay Day

Lay Day

Wx Reserve*

Wx Reserve*

Barnegat Inlet

Absecon Inlet

Cape May

Delaware City

Worton Ck

Rhode River

Solomons

Optional Lay Day, Newport Marina

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6.9

 

* Anchorage in Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook

"Interested" NYC '09 Cruisers

1 Champagne (non-SMSA boat)

2 Kalypso

3 Reflections

4 Ruste Nayle

5 Virginia Dare

6 Walkabout

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10

The commitment mortality will be about 50% - so we will need at least 8 "interested" boats to nominate this cruise for next year's cruise plan.