Atlantic City, NJ to Greenwich, NJ
Rhode Island to Florida - Day 8
We departed from Atlantic City, NJ at 0820 hours and headed out the inlet toward the Atlantic... fingers crossed that the 9-12 seas that had been reported as the winter storm passed through the area had subsided enough for us to make the trip to Cape May, NJ in comfort. The winds were forecast for 5-10 knots out of the east. Easterly wind is not usually very good but being only 5-10 it should not be that bad. We cleared the jetty and found the seas to be very calm... it's amazing how the seas can calm down so quickly but it was great for us today... calm seas... :)
We needed to get some fuel today and started canvassing the Cape May marinas by phone to see who had the best price on diesel... did not realize there were so many marinas in Cape May... must of called a dozen... anyway, we found the best price at Utsch's Marina and their location was perfect... right off the channel... we arrived at 1355 hours and took on just 500 gallons in anticipation of finding a lower price further south... $3.449 per gallon all taxes included. It was still fairly early in the day and we decided to continue on and try to make up for our lost time for the winter storm.
Not many places to stop on Delaware Bay... we set our destination for Greenwich, NJ on the Cohansey River... this is actually the first place that we are aware of to stop as you head up the Delaware Bay... we had been there before and it was a nice stop... a little trek up the Cohansey River to get to there... but that was our goal... GPS had us arriving at 2130 hours. Of course the current was against us for the entire time up Delaware Bay...making only 5 to 5.5 knots... :(
We arrived to the entrance to Cohansey River about 2145 hours and it was dead low tide... we had a little moonlight but for the most part it was pretty dark and entry was pretty much using radar and chartplotter... I was told to hug the green lighted marker as we entered but I must of gotten a little too far to the red side as we entered... saw 6 feet a couple of times but once fully in the river depths dropped off to typically 25-40 feet... we saw depths of 80-90 feet on one of the bends... the Cohansey snakes in from the Bay and the current rips through it... we were near the change from ebb to flood but still had a good knot current against us.
We were not sure where we were going to stay once we arrived to Greenwich. There are a few options... we could anchor but that one was out... too cold to launch the dinghy to walk Beecha... :) and three marinas as we arrived I scanned the docks at the first and second marina... a couple of spots that we could fit but they were very tight and with the current still running I did not want to try and squeeze in between two other boats. The third marina down we found the face dock completely open... we eased in and secured SAILS at Greenwich Pier Marina... at approximately 2215 hours we were securely docked and ready for some sleep... it had been a long day.
We traveled today for 13 hours and 5 minutes covering 75.3 nautical miles and averaging 5.44 knots.
Trip totals to date:
Distance: 344.45 nautical miles
Hours: 44 hours 51 minutes
Avg Spd: 5.95 knots