May 31 – June 6, 2019
May 31 – Atlantic City lay day
June 1 – Atlantic City to Manasquan River, Hoffman’s Marina (61 miles)
June 2-3 – Hoffman’s Marina to Shrewsbury River, Rumson N.J on Ev and Clark’s dock (42 mi)
June 4-5 The Woodworth free dock to GKYC on Staten Island, NY (20)
June 6 Lay day at GLYC
Miles traveled this blog: 123
Total Miles traveled: 5,609
Add New York as our 17th Loop State
We lived in Atlantic City two days longer than planned, one due to fog and the other for the captain and crew to renegotiate our planned route. You see, from Atlantic City it is possible to take the inside route (inter-coastal waterway) or go outside again into the coastal waters of the North Atlantic, something that gets the average Looper’s anxiety attention. At the last minute several boats in our flotilla that day impulsively changed their plans to take the inside route as the waters outside were rough with a north wind. The Namaste captain had previously and clearly communicated that he would not take the much too shallow inside route which turned out to be the decision of the day!
One of our traveling buddy-boats went hard aground for many hours, leaking fuel as they listed until the tow boat arrived with enough water under their keel to get them off. Additionally and gratefully it was reported to be uncomfortably rough on the outside. Discussion over! We enjoyed a “screwed-up plan” day with nothing to do but read and sleep while sitting by the pool.
The Golden Nugget Casino Pool – much more lovely than expected. The colors and decor were said to have been selected by Trump’s wife at the time (not Melania).
Joe Farley State Marina at the Golden Nugget. Atlantic City in the background.
The following morning we were antsy to get underway for a variety of reasons not the least of which because someone explained that the casino at our marina, the Golden Nugget, had originally been the Trump Casino that reportedly “ruined Atlantic City.” Another story for another day.
The seas were calm and the 61 mile/8 hour open ocean trip was lovely from Atlantic city to the Manasquan River. Even with our best laid plans to arrive at slack tide, there turned out to be quite a current and lots of boat traffic on a Saturday. Manasquan is a fishing village and after we viewed the catches of a Thrasher Shark and four Blue Fin Tuna, we had cocktails on Aquaman and went to bed. The tide was so high and the dock didn’t float so I couldn’t even get off the boat!
\Four Blue Fin Tuna – endangered until recently.
Trying to outrun some nasty weather that never materialized, we left at daybreak for Sandy Hook or the entrance into the lower NY Bay and on into Ev and Clark Woodworth’s home off Shewsbury River in Rumson, N.J. The Florida waterway homes have nothing on this beautiful stretch of rivers in northern NJ.
We wound around until we came to their creek, a true hurricane hole where the Namaste rafted with the Sunset Delight for two days of talking, laughing, eating, shopping, seeing the local sights and generally enjoying great company. Sammy loved the extra attention and even got a needed grooming.
All too soon it was time to leave and of course, there were way more options than we needed but finally settled on staying at The Great Kills Yacht Club on Staten Island (not quite as fancy as it sounds but friendly and easy). We took the Staten Island Ferry into the City seeing the Statue of Liberty on the way; the completed 9/11 memorial and museum as well as the new World Trade Center built just across the street. It was a haunting and yet educational experience that we decided was a must.
We also saw Trinity Church, the Wall Street Bull, and spent time relaxing in Battery Park. 17,000 steps and almost 7 miles later, we were ready to be back onboard with a glass of wine and leftovers.
We had planned to leave this morning but because we wanted to get our boat picture passing in front of the Statue of Liberty (a Looper right of passage) we are waiting for two Looper boats leaving tomorrow to share the photo shoot. Meanwhile, Jim is addressing two, hopefully minor, plumbing issues – don’t ask! Then we are go to pass NYC proper and up the Hudson River.
Good Boat Name: Late Harvest (on a boat with a lovely Canadian couple)
Bad Boat Name: Either there aren’t any or I haven’t been paying attention
Happy Birthday to: Pat, Evie and Joe (Jim’s Dad) and Judy
Quote of the Day: “When you finally learn that a person’s behavior has more to do with their own internal struggle than it ever did with you. . . you learn Grace.” unknown