9 knots wouldn't upset me, but you can't rely today on a forecast for next Monday. I did this trip last May, first week of May. We took our boat from Edgewater, MD to Rhode Island
via NYC and Long Island Sound
. It was chilly, but we had a blast. We did not go overnight; we went from Cape May to Atlantic City, next day AC to Sandy Hook, next day through NYC at 6 am, made it to Branford CT by 1 pm. The AC to Sandy Hook leg was very pleasant; the winds were very light, seas minimal, and we motored the entire way. The weather
deteriorated as we approached Branford and we ducked into a marina there, and sat there the next day (Mother's Day last year) waiting for better conditions. Even so, that Monday I saw the biggest waves I have ever witnessed on LI Sound, and I grew up sailing there.
Jim Cate, this is a delivery
trip, not a "sailing" trip; it's a straight north run to NYC. The New Jersey
coast is to the west, and if the wind is on the nose, you motor
. The currents through the East River run as high as 5 knots, so you must reach NY Harbor to time the currents properly. You absolutely fly past Manhattan. I waited until 34th Street to call my sister who lives on 78th Street to come wave to us. She just missed us and saw the other sailboat a bit behind us. I should have called her at the Brooklyn