We decided to go right to Sandy Hook, NJ and skip NYC. We tried to motorsail but the wind was on our back all the was to Sandy Hook. There was small craft advisories issued, but I didn't think it was that bad compared to some Lake sailing we've done.
On our way into Sandy Hook we notice tons of Fishing trap markers which you really need to stay away from.
We decided to grab a mooring ball at Atlantic Highlands which includes free water taxi till midnight. There is a small hip town within walking distance with a Laundry mat, food store and lots of little Bistros. It is a very nice summer vacation town which is starting to close down for the winter. We have been finishing up some projects which I am sure will never end, but seem to be getting easier.
Dick and Ann from S/V Grey Hound gave us a bottle of Champagne to toast to the first new place we made it to so we popped the cork(Thanks Guys). We are going to stay one more night on the mooring and then anchor for the next night or two before doing our 30 hour sail down to Cape May. I was hoping maybe to have someone else do this part instead of me because of the dogs. I am afraid that Sara may hold it and not go on the boat for the whole time, which would not be good. We had no takers so we will just deal with it. Our weather opening looks to be Tuesday or Wednesday and it looks pretty good for sailing the whole way. The people we meet on S/V Tocorora will be here Monday and it sounds like his wife and kids will take a train down to Cape May and he will solo this part without them. We will sail with him till he pulls into a cut that he can pick up the NJ ICW. We draw way to much for this part and are just headed all the way to Cape May's deeper water. This will put us closer to Annapolis and there might still be a chance to make the boat show. But we aren't putting any push on for a time frame. It's just not worth it.