Annapolis, MD / Baltimore / Cape May to NY City
JUNE 6 Day 347
Golden Lily left Cape May with Highlander and Papa Whiskey at 9:00
AM. In the harbor there was hardly any wind and the water calm. But
leaving the inlet brought 5 footers to the Atlantic. The trip was rough
with a NE wind and 4+ foot swells, up and down, up and down, rolling.
Arrival was at 2:00 to Atlantic City and we all docked at a very shabby
dock, although floating. The people were not very helpful when
Highlander tried to pump out and fuel up. The fuel dock was so high, and
it was hard for him to hold the pump out hose and then get on and off.
It would have been worth it to spend the extra $2 a night and stay
across the way at a nicer place.
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Tomorrow we leave for Liberty Landing in Jersey City, NJ across from the Battery of New York where
we will FINALLY CROSS OUR WAKE! It is a 106 mile trip and will take about 12 hours. We decided to
make a run for it tomorrow with a forecast of sun WSW winds for most of the day, turning S in the
afternoon with waves around 2 feet. Monday brings T-storms after noon.
View from our stern at night of Atlantic City
We crossed our wake today at 5:30 and completed the Loop at The
Battery at New York City after leaving Atlantic City, NJ at 5:45 this
morning. It was a 106 mile, 11 1/2 hour ride on the Atlantic Ocean
along the coast of NJ.
We had 3-4 foot swells at the beginning of the trip, lifting us up on top of the wave as it went
underneath us, then dropping the boat way down in the trough. Occasionally we would have a "weirdo"
wave, as Jim called it, that reached higher than the other waves, and they came in sets of 3 or 4.
After several hours, the seas began to settle down, and we enjoyed the watching the NJ shoreline as it
was all beaches. Later in the afternoon, it became more choppy and it reached chop peak as we passed
Sandy Hook and into the approach to NY Harbor and under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. There were
freighters, cruise boats, water taxis, and about 100 sailboats all over the place as we came close to
the Battery area where we crossed our wake. We turned into Liberty Landing Marina and took a deep
breath. WE DID IT!
That evening we splurged and ate dinner at the Liberty Restaurant a few steps from our boat. Our table
was right by the opened door, overlooking the NY skyline and lights. It was a bit expensive, but we
treated ourselves to a wonderful and delicious dinner. It was one of those times I forgot my camera and
was just too tired to walk back to the boat to get it.
Atlantic Ocean along NJ shore Map of our boat heading Approaching the Verrazano Approaching the Statue Carnival Triumph with
with light ocean swells north with LI in upper corner Narrows Bridge of Liberty Highlander to the right
|< Crossing our wake as
we reached the Battery
of NY City!
AGLCA Gold Burgee that
we will now fly on our
bow as we completed the
JUNE 8 Day 348
Today we took the water taxi to NY, and oh what a bouncy ride with the waves and chop on the Hudson
River. We got off at the Financial Center and had lunch at an outdoor restaurant, then walked inside to
see Ground Zero. We found out that there is a shuttle bus that takes you around the southern part of
NY all the way to South Street Seaport, so we hopped on and got off at Battery Park. After walking
around we decided to hop back on to the Seaport since none of us had been there before. By 4:00 we
were getting tired, so we rode back to the Financial Center, stopping at a small grocery market to pick
up a few things. As our final treat, we had Gelato ice cream before our water taxi ride back to
Liberty Landing. We finally popped the cork on our bottle of champagne that our Coast Guard Auxiliary
had given us before we left on the trip and celebrated with Jeannette and Charlie. We have been
traveling together for 3 months now, taking care of and helping each other AND have many laughs to
get through the last part of this trip.
Jim is busy plotting the course for tomorrow as we plan to leave for Port Washington, LI as long as the
weather holds out. Thunderstorms and rain are in the forecast, so we will have to wait for tomorrow
morning to decide. We only have 20 miles, so we might be able to make it. We need to leave at 8:30
to go with flood tide in the East River and Hell Gate.