This is a milk run. We much prefer the outside passage
as there is nothing along the coast to impede your passage
- no tugs/tows, no freighters, no lobster pots, as in the Sound. Only a few fishing
vessels that can easily be seen at night.
Stay 1 to 5 miles offshore
in good weather
. Sea swell will depend on weather
patterns proceeding your passage. You will have to monitor
that, and determine whether there will be anything significant. Having sailed in many Around Long Island
Regattas, I can tell you that you're prone to see every kind of weather but snow. Unless there is long period of unsettled weather forecast
, I would go. Isolated afternoon/evening coastal T-storms are always possible, are gusty but usually short lived. Since they blow hard and move fast, swell direction can be variable, and choppy. Montauk is often foggy. Inlets along the southern shore of Long Island
are not good ports
of refuge for deep drafted sailboats especially in lee shore conditions. Consider standing off if heavy weather materializes.
Depending on the size of your boat
and conditions, laying Montauk point will be +20 hours. Try tucking into Lake Montauk, about 2 miles around the point, to rest up after your passage. Very laid back, about 10 ft. average depth
and good holding in mud.