Delaware & Hudson Canoe & Kayak Club
2005 Fair Weather Manhattan Island Circumnavigation

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Low water at the Battery -0.8' at 5:24 a.m
High water at the Battery +5.3' at 11:35 p.m.
Full Moon: July 21
Sunrise: 5:45 a.m.
Sunset: 8:21 p.m.

This was one of the easiest circumnavigations ever, with favorable winds, currents, weather and light boat traffic.
6:53aPush off south down the Hudson from the Englewood Boat Basin. Strong south current, light north breeze at our backs, flat water, no boat traffic. The air is crystal clear, unlike the usual hazy July atmosphere.
7:11aGeorge Washington Bridge.
7:32aGrant's Tomb (122nd St.)
7:47 Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument (89th St.). Nice south current.
8:14a34th St. South current, no traffic, flat water, no wind.
8:23a14th St. Cruise ships coming in to port with Coast Guard escorts armed with machine guns. Nice surfing on cruise ship wakes.
8:40aHolland Tunnel. Current still moving south.
8:55South cove. Current still moving south.
9:05aAround the Battery and into the East River. Fast current, flat water, slight N breeze.
9:18aRest stop on the Manhattan shore under the Brooklyn Bridge.
9:40aPush off. Strong N current in East River, flat water, almost no other boats on the water.
10:00a14th St.
10:19aS tip of Roosevelt Island.
10:38aN tip of Roosevelt Island. Water is pouring E to W across S tip of Mill Rock, creating a sharp eddy line and whirlpool.
11:08aRandall's Island beach along sea wall. Temperature in the low 80s.
12:38pPush off N from Randall's. Slack water, gentle N breeze.
1:08p145th St. Bridge. N current picking up.
1:38pJust N of 181st. St. Bridge.
2:00pBroadway Bridge. Gentle N breeze.
2:10pSpuyten Duyvel. Short rest stop
2:35pReturn to Boat Basin.

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