Atlantic Highlands to New York City
Sunday 2nd July to Wednesday 5th July
We spent 3 days in Atlantic Highlands in Sandy Hook. It is a small town with a lot of boats; the town marina full of various motor boats, and the moorings full of sailing boats. The locals decided that the moorings should only be for sailing yachts, and they are serviced by a launch. We didn’t pick up a mooring ball as they seemed to be all taken, but anchored just outside the harbour entrance.
We went into the town for a look round, which didn’t take long and then had lunch at a restaurant at the waterfront. Managed to pick a restaurant that doesn’t serve alcohol (again)!
On the 4th July evening went in to see what was happening. Just outside the marina was a fun fair which is on for 3 nights with the firework display on Friday night. We had seen lots of displays in the distance the previous night.
On Wednesday 5th July we left at just after 12 noon so we should be entering New York harbour with the tidal current with us.
New York Harbour is very busy with ferries, tugs pushing barges, cargo ships, cruise liners and moored barges. The channels are well marked and good depth plus the big ships tend to go in straight lines and are easy to spot.
The Statue of Liberty, which stands on Liberty Island, is in the harbour, and has a small anchorage behind the island. So we decided to spend the night there. From reading other boats experiences of staying there it sounded like a quite uncomfortable anchorage with ferry boat wash etc. But we didn’t think it was too bad. The Statue ferries are not near the anchorage, and the little ferry that ran passed the anchorage was not particularly frequent. Sometimes quite a large wash came in but not too often.
Apart from a small boat we were the only sailing yacht in there. We were inspected by the parks authority boat but nobody disturbed us.
And the view is spectacular! In front the Statue of Liberty, to our port Ellis Island and then across to Manhattan Island. Wonderful photo opportunity.....