Good morning John,
That sounds like a fun trip you have planned. Plan your sailing around carrying a fair current
, even if it means leaving a few days earlier or later than you would have liked. It will make a huge difference . If you leave City Island sometime before the current changes to fair you should be able to carry it all the way to Sandy Hook. Anchoring
just inside the Atlantic Highlands Harbor breakwater is likely the best all around protection youíll get in the area. There are moorings available if you prefer, and a number of decent restaurants in walking distance. There are othere places to anchor, but can be weather dependent.
Youíll have to leave Highlands on a slightly foul or just turned fair tide to make it around the hook and far enough south that it wonít affect you when it turns to flood. There really isnít anyplace in either Belmar or Manasquan to anchor without going through a few bridges and fairly far out of your way. Barnegat Inlet can be sketchy if the weather is poor, and you shouldnít try it wind over tide. There are some good anchoring
spots just inside the inlet though.
Iíve not been in Atlantic City inlet in quite some time, but thereís a cove on the north side that leads into Brigantine that Iíve anchored in. The inlet itself is quite good and well marked, and of course there's marinas
. If you make it this far in a day from Sandy Hook youíre doing well, itís probably 75 miles or so.
From AC to Cape May would be a nice days run, and you can anchor just off the Coast Guard station, or a little further west near the moored boats. Thereís a number of marinaís available. Shouldn't be a problem for you, but there is a limiting vertical height of 55 feet on the Cape May Canal.
Plan to leave Cape May to head up the Delaware catching a fair tide also or the ride can be long and uncomfortable. Thereís a few places to anchor before you get to the C&D canal, it depends on where the wind is coming from. The Cohansey river is narrow but deep. Thereís water
around the small island at the entrance. It can be buggy due to the marshes. You can anchor off Reedy Island, you just have to plan to be on the lee side of the island or the breakwater. The anchorage in Chesapeake City is small and tends to get crowded , so get there early or time it to anchor before or after the C&D so you donít get caught out. Heading south on the Chesapeake, Fairlee Creek or Worton Creek are nice anchorages
. Sorry to be so wordy. Enjoy!