The Home Stretch

Time 1200 local
Lat N 36° 28.9′
Lon W 72° 35.9′
Nautical miles from Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, BVI: 1159
Nautical miles to Sandy Hook, NJ: 249

We had a rather rough and wild night with steady winds between 25 and 30 knots with big confused seas. Sunrise this morning had us passing through the back side of the front. Many places we stopped in the tropics we felt like we were looking at every possible shade of blue, but as the sun rose under the clouds this morning, we were looking at every possible shade of gray. With the white horses on top of the waves shining bright in the morning light it was its own flavor of beautiful.

We are sailing fast and comfortably again on a close reach in 15 to 18 knots of wind from the northwest. We are riding the Gulf Stream for most of today, making almost 10 knots over ground.

As we approach the New York Harbor entrance in the early hours of tomorrow morning the wind is forecast to fade, so we will likely be coming in under power.

Because of our deep draft, and a marina with a relatively shallow and current-infested entrance, there are limited times during the tide cycle we can get in. Right now, we don’t know those times. That has to wait until we are in range of a cell tower so we can look it up. I expect we’ll be coming in and dropping anchor to wait for a good entry time.

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