Editor's Note: This entry is part of a series of entries chronicling GolfCourseHome and WaterViewHome Publisher David Lott's cruise from Baltimore to Martha's Vineyard. Look for links to the next entry at the end of each post. You can also find links to other posts at the start of each entry. Day 1: 40 Fast Miles Ends with Engine Failure Day 2 & 3 : Fuel polishing and on to the C&D Canal Day 4: Delaware Bay Day 6: Trump Marina Atlantic City Day 6-7: Confused Seas at Manasquan Inlet Day 7-8: Riding Pea Soup Fog into New York City Day 8-9: Cruising thru New York City & Hell's Gate Day 9-10: eautiful Boats at Milford, CT Day 11: Saybrook & the Schooner Winfield Lash Day 12-13: Martha's Vineyard at Last
Wayne brought us coffee at 5:30 am and off at 6:15 am. The inlet was not remotely the monster it was the night before with 6-foot rollers coming in somewhat peacefully. The wind was blowing in, pushing the water up, but they seemed paltry compared to the walls of water that threatened us only 12 hours earlier.
Once back out in the North Atlantic, the day took an eerie turn as fog blew in and stayed with us the rest of the day, right into New York City. The thick fog was classic pea soup, limiting visibility to 100 yards. We stared hard into the dull gray haze and it was easy to start seeing things. Shapes turned into boats, sounds were suddenly signaling the approach of a fishing boat or alerting us to something that simply wasn't there.
The day dragged on until we passed Sandy Hook, NJ, and the Verannzano Narrows Bridge came into view and the southern tip of Manhattan started to emerge from the fog.
As we tightened the lines on the dock, a Cape Dory 33 eased on by with the shouts of "Ahoy, Avanti!" It was Ed Haly, the editor of the Cape Dory Association
As the day neared its close, we set out into Jersey City for dinner. Day 8-9: Cruising thru New York City & Hell's Gate