New Jersey (Or, Huge Jersey)

What a winding series of seemingly unending, vast, shallow, twists and turns the ICW takes through New Jersey. Intense shoaling, full moon tides, and very few anchorages, private and full marinas, made for long hours underway, cautious, slow and sometimes nerve wrecking days. A disabled railroad bridge in Ventnor City also meant we had to go out The Great Egg Harbor Inlet and take the North Atlantic to Atlantic City. We had set out at sunrise and with the rising tide. Damn good thing as even still, we bumped once or twice in the flats.

Atlantic City in sight.

Calmer inside the inlet.

In the late afternoon and at low tide, we finally dropped our anchor in the Forked River. We took the dinghy to a tiki bar and rewarded ourselves with greasy fried food and cold beer 🍻 We stayed up late to watch Montreal Canadians win game 7 to make it into the Stanley Cup finals! So late, it was David’s birthday when we closed our eyes (and when we opened them again too).

Our anchorage along the Forked River.

Yesterday was more of Huge Jersey, but with beautiful Saturday light and lots of activities on the water. We made it to the Hoffman Marina in Manasquan, NJ by afternoon and are precariously docked in a strong current until we head back out the inlet to the Atlantic on Monday morning when we head to NYC. Wish us favorable winds and following seas, please 💙

Sailboat race and gray skies.
Birthday guy ⚓️
Ducks living large 😉in the marina pool.

Today is laundry day, grocery shopping, boat maintenance and navigation planning. The not so glamorous, but necessary renewing of order, so we can continue on this pilgrimage.

Key West, I have you and your turquoise waters in my mind’s eye. Hold tight while we enjoy the rigorous ride. 🤟🏽

5 thoughts on “New Jersey (Or, Huge Jersey)

  1. kathyyost01

    Thanks for keeping us all updated!  Glad you are making progress!  I would not have the energy or courage to take this voyage!  Certainly provides new respect to the early explores who had nothing to help them! I love you stay safe!❤️❤️❤️

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

  2. Wendy McGrath

    Happy birthday to David!! Wishing you smooth waters and calm weather as you head out to sea. Know that you are traveling on oceans of love from the throngs who love you like crazy. XOXOXO 😘


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s