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Old 13-10-2011, 18:52   #1
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Atlantic City to Norfolk - Friday Night -> Sunday Night ?

Anchored in Atlantic City waiting for the storms to pass tomorrow. hoping to catch a window on friday night or saturday and ride it all the way to norfolk before the next cold front and that tropical depression catch up with us.

anyone got any useful thoughts on the matter? Anyone in Atlantic city and want to run with us?

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Old 13-10-2011, 18:57   #2
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Re: Atlantic City to Norfolk, Friday night -> Sunday night?

Weather looks real nice this weekend for that passage. I would not leave until Saturday AM ish. Where you staying in Norfolk?
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Old 13-10-2011, 19:02   #3
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Re: Atlantic City to Norfolk, Friday night -> Sunday night?

If the forecast holds for westerlies it should be a nice ride. If it shifts to the SW you're in for a pounding. Stay far enough to avoid the shoals and close enough to minimize fetch. Enjoy.
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Old 14-10-2011, 15:23   #4
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Re: Atlantic City to Norfolk - Friday Night -> Sunday Night ?

The window I mentioned is getting to be less and less of a window at all. Now it's looking more like SW winds than W. That's on the nose. The best west would be overnight Saturday through Sunday, and they'll be strong and may even tend to the SW too. Not a fun run, that's for sure.

So maybe we'll wait for all these fronts to leave and the next nice high to come in about a week or so. Or maybe we will eek our way down to Cape May and wait there. For now we are sitting here in Brigantine, jut across the Absecon inlet from Atlantic City. Nice internet access! yay!
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Old 14-10-2011, 15:38   #5
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Re: Atlantic City to Norfolk - Friday Night -> Sunday Night ?

Wednesday around 5 pm then on for 2 days you have westerly to North westerly averaging 15 knots...that's when I would go...till then you'll be slogging it out in a steep head sea and headwind.

Check the website... sailflow.com... it's been very good to me and others...
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Re: Atlantic City to Norfolk - Friday Night -> Sunday Night ?

Thanks for the referral. Yeah that's what we are thinking...wait for that nice big slow moving high to settle into the area and then jump to Norfolk!
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Re: Atlantic City to Norfolk - Friday Night -> Sunday Night ?

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Thanks for the referral. Yeah that's what we are thinking...wait for that nice big slow moving high to settle into the area and then jump to Norfolk!
You don't want to wait for the high...no wind...just wait till frontal passage even if it's screaming with small craft warnings.

Two years ago I helped a buddy take his Catalina 42 to Charleston in late October. He wanted to wait and I said trust me..we waited one day more until the front passed about 6AM and we left Townsends Inlet (about 20 south of Atlantic City). We screamed at 8 plus knots all the way to Cape May...slowed to 7.5 at the mouth of DELBAY as it was about 6 footers for a couple miles...sped back to 8 plus till Ocean City when the wind started to die but to make time we ran the engine slow. Chincoteague at sunset...Norfolk at * the next morning and pulled into Coinjock, NC just 36 hours after leaving Townsends Inlet NJ....NOT BAD!!!! But the engine was turning just enough to keep our speed around 8 or so knots.
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Re: Atlantic City to Norfolk - Friday Night -> Sunday Night ?

So much weather! and a battered 36' Catalina with a very ripped to shreds jib and lost rudder, was just towed to the mooring next to us. We're snug here in Atlantic Highlands. Glad the T-storms are done for now. Waiting for better wind and wave conditions to jump out to Point Comfort. Maybe Wed. Took us 38 hrs to do reverse in the Spring- need way to do it in less since we have fewer daylight hours now.
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Way-Happy- hope you had a good run down!
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