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sailing and diving around the world
We left Ossining at 10:15am, a little later than usual, in order to take advantage of a fair tide. In other words, the tide is either going up the Hudson, or going down, or south. As we wanted to continue south, we needed to time our departure with an ebb tide. We weren't sure whether or not we wanted to stay in NYC harbor, or not, but we ended up going straight to Atlantic Highlands, which is right beside Sandy Hook. We anchored for the first time, and it was quite pleasant. We had a neat view of the NYC lights when the sun went down. We could also still see the Varrazano Bridge.
Seeing the George Washington Bridge, in the distance, was quite a thrill. I had driven across that bridge many times, but never sailed under it. It was almost as exciting as the time I sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge, going into San Francisco. Of course, when I saw the bridge, we were also approaching the Palisades, the famous 500-foot cliffs, on the west bank of the river.
The final leg of the Hudson, down through, and out of NYC harbor was fabulous. For the first time, I really had to be on my toes. There was every manner of water craft, from paddle boarders, to kayaks, small pleasure boats, sailboats, tug boats, tug boats pushing barges, and the gigantic ocean freighters. There are 'rules of the road,' as outlined in the COLREGS, but those rules pretty much go out the window in a place like NYC harbor. Heck, don't even bother with radar, AIS, or anything else. Stick to the marked channels, and simply stay out of everyone else's way :) It actually wan't too bad. The wakes from the other boats created a bit of a roller-coaster ride, sometimes, and we had to stop a couple of times to allow sailboats to pass.
We arrived in Atlantic Highlands at 7:30pm and dropped the hook.
Normally, I put all of the photos in chronological order, but there were too many in this post so I left them a little jumbled up.