Interesting day on the blog - highest one day readership ever, with 108 people in a 24 hour period - not quite sure where everyone came from, the blog stats aren't telling me much there - but welcome aboard, and I hope you enjoyed your visit and will return again.
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I was just checking the weather to see what's in store for the next few days. Seems I'm just north of a weather 'line'. Where I am, it's 33° at the moment, but 25 miles to my south, it's 38° and about 100 miles to the south, in New York City, it's 45°. Tomorrow, the high will be 49° here, but into the 50s further south.
Best of all though, is that winds are light - I'm on the river and won't be able to sail anyway - and the sun is shining, so it's actually rather pleasant.
Here's the NYC forecast through the weekend -
...it's not too bad, is it, and if it holds, it will make my trip along the New Jersey coast much easier. In fact, with any luck, I should be through to Delaware Bay and done with the New Jersey coast by the weekend, with two days to Annapolis. Of course, no telling what I'll find in the NJ stops after Sandy's visit - I expect I'll be the first cruiser to be anchoring in many of these areas, and likely the first to even enter some of these inlets since the storm. You'll be able to read all about it in the upcoming SAIL Magazine article...
In fact, in looking more closely at the weather, it seems the only challenge I'll face will be going up the Delaware River, with the winds possibly putting me close hauled. That's not fun there, plus I'll have to head out about 4 am to make use of the tide...the Delaware is a real tough slog if you are running against the tide. Been there, done that, not doing it again, but even so, it looks like a long day coming up.
Tomorrow, the mast goes back up, and Gypsy Wind turns into a sailboat again. After over two weeks listening to the constant chugging of the diesel, it will be nice to hear only the silence of the wind - and maybe the iPod and stereo...