After cruising Chesapeake Bay
for the past month or so, I'm getting ready to continue North. I am single-handing on a Hunter
410, and trying to plan out the next few stops. I'm planning to transit the canal
into Delaware Bay, then out to Cape May, then up to New York
. Because I'm single-handing and these are busy waters, I'm trying to keep each sailing day to 10-12 hours, and find opportunities to anchor
The best plan I've come up with so far is this:
into the canal
to Chesapeake City and overnight.
2. Long day out the canal all the way to Cape May, timing the current
so that I enter the Delaware a bit before slack, and ride the outgoing tide for as much of the day as possible.
off Cape May overnight
4. Relatively short day up to Atlantic City
5. Very long day to New York
I'm not totally happy with this plan, so looking for advice on how to avoid long days with no bail-out opportunities.
Chesapeake City to Cape May could end up being really long if I get opposing chop slowing me down in the Delaware. Is there anywhere to bail out into if it is going badly and I need a rest?
In order to hit the current
right in the Delaware, I will likely have to leave before sunrise from Chesapeake City. How sketchy will it be trying to navigate the canal in the dark?
Is there anywhere better to stage for the run to Cape May? Somewhere on the Delaware side of the canal would be better, but I'm not finding much that's protected and deep enough for me.
The anchorage off Cape May looks pretty exposed. Has anyone used it who can comment on how safe it is? I don't fit under the bridges on the Cape May Canal, so the other option is to go out and around Cape May in order to tuck in at Cape May Harbor. This out-and-around would make a long day even longer though, so I'm not sure.
Any good advice on where to anchor in Atlantic City? I draw 5.5'
Is it viable to stop anywhere between Atlantic City and New York? Has anyone gone in at Barnegat recently? It looks sketchy on the depth
When I do get up to Sandy Hook, what would be a protected spot that I could reach easily at the end of a very long day?
Thanks in advance for any advice on this leg!