Monday, September 19, 2011

Newport Yacht Club in New Jersey

View from Newport YC
The Croton Point anchorage was as still as a lake last night. It's a good anchorage for winds out of the south but last night there was very little wind from any direction and it was even better, especially since Hoolie relief was so nearby at a deserted beach. We left with a following current and sped down the river. The current ran for a good hour beyond its predicted end (by the tide tables), I suppose due to all the rain we've had recently. At any rate, we welcomed the added push and arrived at Newport YC ahead of schedule.

That's the George Washington bridge in the background
There were two dockhands to help us in, much appreciated. However, the marina is subject to all the passing river traffic and so you roll constantly during the day - not just a little but a LOT. Things do settle down at night but start up again early in the morning. The compensating factors are excellent shopping at the nearby shopping center and other stores in the area which include Home Depot, Best Buy, Staples, Kohl's, Macy's, Sears, Radio Shack along with many fine restaurants. At night the view of Manhattan cannot be beat. The night sky is alive with the lights across the river. Newport, NJ has gone through a major renovation with a nice river walk and upscale facilities with views of Manhattan.

The tallest building is the Freedom Tower
All in all, the positives out weigh the negatives of the constant roll of the docks but everyone may not feel the same way. The marina even maintains a herb garden for the use of their customers! We're told that it became so popular with chefs aboard visiting yachts (very big yachts!) that they expanded the garden this year. I never heard of any other marina having a herb garden!

Tuesday we'll head for Atlantic Highlands and anchor out in preparation for an early morning start down the New Jersey coast to Atlantic City.