The Snookum Lady remained tied up Sunday due to 5 – 7 foot seas. Our plan had been to leave AC at dawn and to make the 70 mile run to Sandy Hook, where we would shelter overnight. The ideal boat speed is about 7 knots, per Captain Steve, so Sandy Hook is about 10 hours away. The small boat advisory squelched that.
We hope that tomorrow brings calmer weather, once the thunderstorms roll through Sunday night. Until then, we are just forced to put up with the horrible inconvenience of the Golden Nugget Casino and Marina.
My enormous thumb hovers over the view from the rooftop pool. The marina is pretty nice with clean facilities and it’s home to the casino, about 8 restaurants, 5 clubs and 10 bars. At one of those bars, Doug and I were able to watch the Bruins bust the Pens 3-0 in game 1 of the Conference Finals. Sweet.
I joined Steve and Beth for a second stroll down the Boardwalk this afternoon.
Tomorrow, we depart for Sandy Hook. Working as a crew, Steve, Rick, Doug and I laboriously swapped jibs today. I have to say that’s the first time I ever did that. The smaller jib will work better with the expected conditions tomorrow, per Captain Steve. I really look forward to learning a lot of sailing from Steve.
Doug and I have yet to sail a minute on this trip but we have to admit that we are enjoying ourselves. As expected, Steve and Beth and Rick are a lot of fun and, if you have to be stranded, being here with them is an excellent choice.
We sail at dawn!