The temperatures were cool this morning, in the low 60s but it was clear and calm. The waters in NY harbor, even on a calm day can be daunting because of all of the wakes from ferries, ships, barges and pleasure craft.
Once under the Verrazano Bridge, we made a sharp turn to starboard and headed for Great Kills Yacht Club. We have been here 3 other times and really feel welcomed by the members. When Super Storm Sandy hit two years ago, this was one of the first marinas rebuilt because of the members' hard labor. We were greeted on the dock by John Calascibetta, the AGLCA Harbor Host
and two other members. It is because of John that AGLCA members are able to use this marina. He said that they have had 50 loopers this year. It is a good mutual relationship, providing safe harbor for boaters and revenue for their club.
We are waiting for the right wind/wave conditions before venturing out on the Atlantic for the 30 mile trip to Manasquan Inlet. The first time we traveled this route (Manasquan to Great Kills) three years ago, the conditions were terrible. We learned our lesson and will only venture out with west winds 5-10 knots or less and seas under 3 feet.
For dinner, John recommended Coles, about two blocks away. If you go before 6pm, you get a special deal which includes entrée, dessert, and a bottle of wine. We didn't make it until 7pm, so we missed the special pricing, but had really good meals.