Made it through Hell Gate without a wimper. I went through on 9/11 and not much security
out there either. We hit the gate at slack current
at 10:40 am and had an easy ride down the East river. Made it to Sandy Hook (Atlantic Highlands), but encountered a heavy squall that lasted for 40 minutes and winds from 28-38 knots. Visibility dropped to under 20 yards.
All in all the trip from Maine
to Chesapeake went without a hitch. Good weather
and good crew made the difference. Our best run was 30 hours from Atlantic Highlands to the C&D and out to the Sassafras river where we dropped the hook. It was about 215 nm.
Thanks for all the advise for transiting the East River and NYC