NC to CT Day 12
Manasquan, NJ to Stamford, CT
We had a great dinner at the Shrimp Box Restaurant... had remembered it as not being that great but was really good this time... Shrimp and Grits and a nice salad bar.... YUMMY!
Overnight there was still a large ocean swell that was causing a surge effect in the basin... SAILS was rocking gently like a baby's cradle... s good night sleep.
Up well before sunrise and underway at 0615 in the depths of some thick fog... 1/8 mile visibility in the basin and half that or worse once we cleared the inlet and heading north along the New Jersey shoreline. Seas were still quite large with a shorter 4 to 6 foot SE swell... was not the best ride but better than it had been offshore from Cape May to Atlantic City. We had about 4 hours to ride this until we reached Sandy Hook and turned toward New York Harbor.
We had fog all the way to New York City... was very different trip this time with the fog as normally you can see the city skyline for hours as you approach New York... today nothing but gray fog.
We missed the timing with current today having a tremendous current against us for most of the day. The East River and Hell Gate were the worst areas fighting a 4.5 knot current... dropping our speed to less than 2 knots a few times. The water just boiling in Hell Gate. We did a reprieve once we reached the Throgs Neck Bridge and Long Island Sound the turning point in the current and we had the current pushing us along at over 8 knots all the way to Stamford.
We arrived to Stamford at dead low tide... a problem for us getting into our slip at Seaview House Marina. The slip is deep enough for us but there is a hump just outside the slip. I attempted to get in but there was just not enough water and we stopped dead about 50 feet from the slip... backed out and docked on dock in front of our slip at 1815.
A couple of hours later we had enough water so we moved to our normal slip 41°02.342'N,73°31.318'W
. We traveled today for 12 hours covering 71.8 nautical miles averaging 5.98 knots.