Saturday, May 27, 2017

Atlantic City - at a dock by The Golden Nugget

The marina was full!
"Style and Grace" didn't jump ship this morning as we exited our slip. We accounted for all the lines this time and came out without embarrassment. For once the forecast was accurate with light winds behind us and no chop but a 3 to 4 ft swell which was no problem given the long period (7 sec). So we settled into our 1/2 hour on and 1/2 hour off routine and made it to Atlantic City by 2:00 pm.

The entryway to the Golden Nugget
We treated ourselves to a dinner at The Charthouse which was outstanding. We walked through the casino after dinner and the place was packed. In fact, the marina barely has any empty slips. I was amazed at how crowded it was. We usually pass through before Memorial Day or after Labor Day which is not during the busy season apparently. There wasn't an empty table at the Charthouse either. I guess it's good to see business booming. We picked up sandwiches for the trip north on Sunday.

There's a pool on the 6th floor, available to boaters too, cool today though
The weather report has seemed to settled down to a good day for going north on Sunday. All the services we follow agree for a change: NOAA Coastal forecast, PocketGrib and SwellInfo. Of the three services, we've found PocketGrib to be the most accurate followed by SwellInfo. The coastal forecast seems to lag the other two in timing. It eventually agrees with PocketGrib but only after 6 hours or so.

I bet Finn and Rowan would have lots of fun with one of these in the house!
The leg to the Atlantic Highlands is the longest of our cruise.81.4 Nm. It usually takes about 11.5 hours so we'll leave at least by 6:00 am to give us plenty of time. Hopefully, the weather will turn out as predicted!