The Jersey Shore: Once free of the confines of New York, the crews will be able to breathe a bit easier, and the race will shift into boatspeed mode. I expect all teams to stay pretty close to the shore. If the NAM model is correct, the sailing should be fantastic with northeast winds in the 15-20 knot range. That would allow the big kites to be set, and everyone will make good pace down the coast. We'll be heading for open ocean before dark. If the GFS is correct, we will be faced with easterly breezes of less than 10 knots. Adding insult to injury, the temperatures will only be in the mid 60s, so it is unlikely that a sea breeze will be around to add some thermal velocity. If the sea breeze does kick in, the wind should veer more to the south, meaning the code zero gets traded for a jib. Either way, in GFS predicted winds, the trip down the Jersey coast will be a slow 10-13 hours.