s/v Ceili

"You live with a ship a few years and cuss her enough and all of a sudden one day you wake up and discover you're in love." ----Ernest K. Gann, CMA 1930 and Author of "Twilight For The Gods" and Captain of the brigantine ALBATROS

02 April 2012
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12 March 2012 | Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
20 February 2012 | Sea of Abaco
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03 February 2012 | Marsh Harbour
01 January 2012 | Marsh Harbour, Abacos
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08 December 2011 | West End, Bahamas

Georgia on my mind

02 April 2012
Bill relaxing with an adult beverage at the end of a long day

Yesterday, April 1st, we left the Fernandina Beach Municipal Marina for our next destination...Brunswick, GA. Fernandina is a lovely town; lots of nice shops and restaurants, all within walking distance of the waterfront. The problem with Fernandina Beach harbor is that it is home to several large pulp and paper mills whose stacks belch nauseating smoke 24/7. When the wind is blowing over the harbor, there is no avoiding the smell.

This transit through Georgia requires a certain amount of strategising. Georgia's portion of the ICW is somewhat shallow so one needs to go through the skinniest areas at high tide. Yesterday's challenge was Jekyll Creek. To that end, we left Fernandina Beach at 10 am, figuring an average of 5.5 kts. And, voila, we arrived in Brunswick, GA right on schedule at 4 pm at the Morning Star Marine. We opted to have dinner at the marina restaurant...great burgers! In the morning we left around 1:00 pm to get through the Mud River and arrive at the Darien River at about the same time.

Lots of cruisers we've met prefer to go off-shore rather than transit this portion of the ICW, primarily because of the depth issue. We actually enjoy Georgia and find its quiet pristine low country very pleasant, although a little stressful as one must be constantly vigilant.

We arrived at the Darien River around 5 pm having transited the Little Mud River, known as the single most difficult stretch of the ICW because it has depths as low as 2 to 3 feet at mlw and must be approached only at high tide...and we had our pick of anchoring spots...we were the only boat there! Just as pretty as the first time.

In the morning (4/3) we raised anchor around 8:15 to make the 60+ mile trip to Isle of Hope Marina in Savannah. This stretch of the ICW is very winding and, without much wind, today it's very buggy. The no-see-ums and biting flies are a nuisance...AND there is Hell Gate to transit. We timed our departure to get us through Hell Gate at high tide and then there was the Skiddaway Island bascule bridge between us and the Isle of Hope. For some, inexplicable reason, Bill had misunderstood the restrictions on the bridge...between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm it only opens on the 1/2 hour. So, we thought we'd have to wait for the 6:30 opening UNTIL we realized that, if we put the pedal to the medal, we could make the 5:30 opening...it's all about the math.

We made the 5:30 opening and arrived at Isle of Hope Marina around 6:00 pm. The marina staff were gone for the day so it was up to me to jump off Ceili on to the dock with the bow line. I'm happy to report that, broken knee cap (2009) and fall in St. Augustine (2012) I still have the mojo and jumped onto the dock easily. We are now docked for the next day or so.

More to follow...

Vessel Name: CEILI
Vessel Make/Model: Island Packet 40 (hull #50)
Hailing Port: Providence, RI
Crew: Bill and Linda Daley
About: Currently sailing the coast of New England in anticipation of heading South someday. Ceili is currently moored in East Greenwich, R.I. We have been sailing for awhile now, and are both USCG licensed captains (hence, no crew!)
Extra: "Ceili" (kay'- lee) is gaelic for "joyful celebration." It reflects our Irish roots.
CEILI's Photos - Main
8 Photos
Created 5 February 2012
16 Photos
Created 4 February 2012
A Walk Through Hope Town, Abacos
18 Photos
Created 24 December 2011
20 Photos
Created 22 December 2011
23 Photos
Created 22 December 2011
20 Photos
Created 21 November 2011
13 Photos
Created 13 November 2011
20 Photos
Created 13 November 2011
18 Photos
Created 1 November 2011
7 Photos
Created 29 October 2011
27 Photos
Created 29 October 2011
28 Photos
Created 29 October 2011
21 Photos
Created 22 October 2011
39 Photos
Created 19 October 2011
Anchorage Marina and Baltimore Waterfront
20 Photos
Created 15 October 2011
22 Photos
Created 12 October 2011
33 Photos
Created 12 October 2011
11 Photos
Created 12 October 2011
Views of the Boardwalk and environs
26 Photos
Created 8 October 2011
Trip from Manhasset Bay through Hell's Gate to Atlantic Highlands, NJ
11 Photos
Created 1 October 2011
Photos of 2009 Cruise by Bill and Linda on Ceili
38 Photos
Created 24 July 2009
Detailed Specifications of the boats in the Cruise Fleet
7 Photos
Created 28 January 2009
Additional Photos of the 2007 Cruise by George and Cathy Sawicki (WILDFLOWER/PILGRIM)
38 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 23 January 2009
Additional Photos of the 2007 Cruise as taken by Bruce and Sandra England (SOLE MATES III)
37 Photos
Created 23 January 2009
Additional Photos of the 2007 Cruise as taken by Linda and Jeff D'Ambly (RUFFIAN)
30 Photos
Created 23 January 2009
Additional photos of the 2008 Cruise as taken by Peter and Edie Jourdan Grittner (DJANGO)
43 Photos
Created 23 January 2009


Who: Bill and Linda Daley
Port: Providence, RI