I really have to give Scoobert credit. He actually made it 45 miles down the coast before needing help, and it sounds like his crew hasn't mutinied yet. A great learning
What to do next?
Barnegat inlet is about 30 miles from Atlantic City, 65 miles from Cape May, and 210 from Norfolk. That's 5, 11, and 35 hours at 6 knots.
The weather forecast
SE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS AROUND 2 FT. MAINLY SE SWELLS
WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 12 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. PATCHY FOG
SE WINDS AROUND 5 KT...BECOMING S 10 TO 15 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. MAINLY SE SWELLS WITH A DOMINANT
PERIOD OF 8 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. PATCHY FOG
EARLY IN THE
S WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT...
INCREASING TO 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT LATE. SEAS 4 TO
6 FT...BUILDING TO 5 TO 8 FT LATE...MAINLY IN S SWELL WITH A
DOMINANT PERIOD OF 6 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY...MAINLY AFTER
S WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...BECOMING W 15 TO 20 KT IN THE LATE
MORNING AND AFTERNOON. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT...SUBSIDING TO 4 TO 6 FT IN
THE AFTERNOON...MAINLY IN S SWELL WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 7
SECONDS. SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS EARLY
IN THE AFTERNOON.
NW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS
4 TO 7 FT.
NW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 3 TO
N WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...DIMINISHING TO 15 TO 20 KT
AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT.
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING E 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 3 TO
Given the experience level of the crew, leaving Barnegat before daylight is not an option, so the best plan would be to leave early in the morning and motor
down to Atlantic City. Anchor
before the bridge (unless you have a Danforth or CQR
, in which case the marina is for you), and let out plenty of scope
because its going to blow Sunday night. Once the wind
shifts to the north of west on Monday, its time to leave. Going up the Delaware Bay is not an option in strong NW winds, so it would be best just to keep close to the coast and head
for Norfolk or beyond. Just keep the sailplan conservative and in the front of the boat
(not sure about schooners, but maybe just a headsail) and you should be fine running and broad reaching. Forget about Ocean City (been there--shallow) and the other inlets till you get to Norfolk (Little Creek is closer).