Early Monday morning we left Jersey City for the long run down the Atlantic. We left at 5:40am, a little before civil twilight and a little after nautical twilight. Who knew that there were different names for dawn. Civil twilight is when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon and is described as the limit at which twilight illumination is sufficient for ground objects to be clearly distinguished. Nautical twilight is when the sun is still 12 degrees below horizon and is described as the point when the general outlines of ground objects may be distingushed but detailed operations are not possible. Because New York harbor is so well illuminated by the lights of the city, we felt comfortable leaving before civil twilight.
As we eased out of Liberty Landing Marina, the city lights shone in front of the rising sun and the Statute of Liberty stood glowing in the harbor. It was quite a sight.
The harbor was not crowded and Adrienne easily led us under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. We had to dodge a few very fast ferries leaving New Jersey for the city. There were one or two large tankers leaving New York but Adrienne eased us over to the edge of the channel and they passed us easily. Nonetheless, Adrienne was not happy. She does not like to be anywhere close to the big ships.
Just as we exited the Ambrose Channel, we were passed very close by a fast 43 foot Island Pilot, named “Southern Pilot.” As they passed, the captain hailed me on the radio. It turned out that the captain was someone I had been talking with the night before at Liberty Landing. He and his wife were planning to go all the way to Cape May if the seas stayed calm. They had passed close to us to get some pictures of Curiosity at sea.
The Atlantic was relatively smooth in the beginning with long swells hitting our beam. Most of the time they were only 1-3 feet. Every once and a while, we saw a 4 footer or larger. Overall, however, it was a long pleasantly boring trip. It just seemed to take forever. Using the TV in the helm, we watched an episode of Doc Martin on the DVD, some shows on the Food Channel, and the beginning rounds of the U.S. Open.
By 3 pm, we were near the entrance to Atlantic City. The wind had picked up and the Abescom Inlet was a little squirrelly, but we easily navigated the inlet and by 3:40 pm, we were tied up at Farley’s Marina, in front of the Golden Nugget casino.
When we pulled into the marina, we were surprised to see that tied up right beside us was Southern Pilot, the boat from Liberty Landing. I sent Ed and Connie an email and invited them to dinner with us at Vic and Anthony’s in the Golden Nugget.
Adrienne and I then had lunch, rinsed the boat and went to the Golden Nugget pool and soaked in the hot tub. By the time, we got back and cleaned up, Ed and Connie returned to their boat and we all went out to dinner.
Vic and Anthony’s is a classic steak house, and dinner was very good. Adrienne had a filet and I had the rib eye. The rib eye was huge; I ate about half and saved the rest for dinner tomorrow. The best part of dinner was our conversation with Ed and Connie, a delightful couple who have spent a lot of time boating in Florida. We pumped them for all sorts of information on the best places to go and where to keep Curiosity. I am always amazed how friendly and interesting are most of the boaters meet when we cruise.
Tomorrow we are off to Cape May.