Taking Our Chances South

17 December 2014 | Green Cove Springs Marina, Fl
29 May 2014 | Toronto
11 May 2014 | Norfolk, Virginia
11 May 2014 | Indiantown Fl.
03 April 2014 | Stuart Florida
23 March 2014 | Marathon - Stuart Florida
18 March 2014 | Boot Key Marathon Florida
09 March 2014 | Boot Key Harboour, Marathon, Fl
19 February 2014 | Boot Key, Marathon Florida
09 February 2014 | Key Largo, Florida
08 February 2014 | South Beach, Miami Florida
27 January 2014 | West Palm Beach, Florida
23 January 2014 | West Palm Beach Florida
15 January 2014 | Stuart Florida
20 December 2013 | Green Turtle Cay to Ft Pierce Fl
16 December 2013 | Abaco Bight
11 December 2013 | Green Turtle Cay
04 December 2013 | Spanish Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
22 November 2013 | Stuart Florida
08 November 2013 | Ft Pierce Florida

Further South - Beaufort SC and Georgia

19 November 2012 | Jekyll Island, Georgia
Warmer but still not warm enough
The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. - Points to ponder.

You think you are in the deep south, when you see palm trees and moss growing on oak trees and all indications are that it is going to be warm. However the temperatures are not relevant to the scenery. It has been cool recently but reports are it will be warming up.
The hospitality is warm though and the history is thicker. The pelicans have long faces (maybe the weather?) and they begin to look different as we come south. What started out was an all gray bird but now they have white head with a yellow hood. Very interesting.
We have made it to the city of Beaufort, (pronounced Bew-fort as opposed to Bo-fort in North Carolina) South Carolina's second largest city and most southern to Georgia. It is home to plantations and changing fauna. Gone are the maples and spruce of the north which have given way to great oaks, gum and cypress trees. The core of the city is surrounded by plantation and antebellum style buildings with wrap around double storey verandas.
A few of us were fortunate enough to get a personal tour of one of the last remaining orginal "dependancy". A dependency was where the servants of the main house lived, cooked, did the laundry, and featured a stable and a blacksmiths work area. It is being restored and some parts we could look at but not enter the room. One was the "four holer" toilet built in an angle of the building. The open shuttered windows were at the very top of the wall instead of the normal height so the "hoodoos" couldn't get in. Hoodoos are evil African spirits so it indicates the origin of the residents who lived and worked here. The Masters house was at the front of the property and housed the family of four people. The dependancy at the back of the property was 1/5 th of the size and housed 20 people as well as all the wortking areas.
There are still massive flocks of boats heading south drive by determined snowbirds like ourselves. We had heard stories of the migration but never realized the numbers. Some locals want to know if there are any folks left in Canada !
We are able to get a coutersey car at the marina to go to the shopping areas that lie on the out-skirts of every town and city, to get groceries at Piggly Wiggly, marine supplise at West Marine and a CVS pharmacy. All other services are in the downtown area complete with an abundance of resturants and bars.
The biggest change from the more northern Intracoastal is the tide range. It varies from six to nine feet. The current coming in (or going out) through the cuts to the Atlantic Ocean, can surprise you as you pass them. Sometimes the route can be a bit boring, or attention diverted, then all of a sudden the boat takes a sideways lurch. Now that we have experienced it enough, we look forward on the chartplotter to know when to expect them.
We have made our way into Georgia and again the landscape is changing. It seems as though we are on an historical quest as well, as most of the anchorages we stop at are either a historical or national preserved site. There are a large number of those as we are motor sailing down the Atlantic coast where the action took place in developing America.
We anchored outside Fort Frederica, Georgia a colony the English were trying to establish in the Spanish area of "Florida" which at that time included the major portion of the south. The village was well laid out with a fort surrounding, but very little of it remains today. It is a worthwhile read, to go on-line to look it up. The site has the layout of the fortifcation but precious little of the structures left. The park surrounding where the colony and fort were is well woth the visit. Where the ramparts and moat that surrounded the village is still visible as is the crypt in the graveyard. A beautiful setting. I have posted some pictures in the gallery section.
However, from where I am writing this at Jekyll Island is an another matter. This is the island where the super rich of the late 1800's had cottages to escape to in the winter. The "clubhouse" for the 53 members is now a hotel, but is elegance in it's upper form. Around the clubhouse are individual "cottages" which again represent the wealth of America's elite. The island was purchased by the exclusive group such as the Vanderbuilts, J.P. Morgan, Crane (the plumbing supply family) Rockefellers, Astors, Goodyear, etc. You can read about it on-line at http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/geo-flor/15.htm, but the flavor of the place has to be felt. It appears the whole island is manicured with the plant life and quality of structures. Well worth the trip just to get a feeling of how money can be translated in such luxury. One interesting point was that only the hired help were allowed on the island and they were allowed only because they understood the exclusivity of the place. They were terminated immediately if they broke that trust.
JP Morgan, the businessman extraordinaire, arrived as others, by private yacht. Only his could not be docked at the Jekyll Wharf because it was 305 feet long and thirty feet wide. Also it had a draft of 17 feet !
We are pressing on today for the Cruiser's Thanksgiving potluck dinner in St. Mary's Georgia. Will report on that next.
We are happy and we know it !!
Vessel Name: CHANCES
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 34' MK II
Hailing Port: Toronto
Crew: Captain Dennis
I am an adventurous and seasoned sailor. I have had this dream of being on vacation 24/7 x 365 for a number of years. In 1997 I set sail for Bonavista Nfld from Toronto via the Madeleine Islands and St Pierre Miquelon. [...]
Extra: Thinking of the Florida Keys. From there who knows.
CHANCES's Photos - Main
Chances in Green Cove Springs Marina preparing to head south for another season
15 Photos
Created 27 December 2014
Ocean Sailing as crew with Mike Benson bringing Soulstice II home from Florida to Toronto
12 Photos
Created 27 December 2014
Sailing back to Stuart from the Florida Keys
10 Photos
Created 25 December 2014
Daily "grind" in Boot Key
12 Photos
Created 18 March 2014
Boot Key, Marathon Fl.
12 Photos
Created 9 March 2014
Life in Boot Key and Marathon Fl
15 Photos
Created 19 February 2014
From Miami Beach into Key Largo
16 Photos
Created 16 February 2014
South Beach Miami Area
18 Photos
Created 8 February 2014
Leaving Palm Beach for Ft Lauderdale and Miami.
5 Photos
Created 27 January 2014
Life at anchor in West Palm Beach Florida
22 Photos
Created 24 January 2014
Leaving Stuart for the Keys
9 Photos
Created 15 January 2014
Leaving the Sea of Abacos
6 Photos
Created 4 January 2014
Marsh Harbour, Hopetown and Treasure Cay
16 Photos
Created 2 January 2014
The Sea of Abaco and Green Turtle Cay
15 Photos
Created 31 December 2013
Leaving Lake Worth Florida, Crossing the Gulf Stream to Spanish Cay
14 Photos
Created 24 December 2013
Waking Chances after a long summer's snooze
7 Photos
Created 10 November 2013
From Nassau north to Florida and home for the summer.
11 Photos
Created 1 May 2013
Moving from Exumas to Nassau
13 Photos
Created 16 April 2013
Lee Stocking Cay and Black Point Settlement
19 Photos
Created 3 April 2013
Photos of our fellow sailors from Toronto Hydroplane and Sailing Club
14 Photos
Created 23 March 2013
Shots of visiting family. George Town Exumas
17 Photos
Created 22 March 2013
Georgetown Great Exuma Island Bahamas
19 Photos
Created 15 March 2013
Georgetown, Great Exuma Island
26 Photos
Created 25 February 2013
Highborne, Hawksbill, Warderick Wells, Cambridge and Staniel Cays
11 Photos
Created 13 February 2013
Highborne Cay, Exumas
14 Photos
Created 4 February 2013
Nassau January 27th
16 Photos
Created 28 January 2013
All the Cays around the Berrys
14 Photos
Created 27 January 2013
Alicetown, Bimini Islands
7 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
Pictures from Southern Florida
13 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
From Toronto To Florida
70 Photos
Created 27 December 2012
Vero Beach to Ft Pierce
12 Photos
Created 12 December 2012
Travel through history
16 Photos
Created 2 December 2012
St Mary's Georgia for Thanksgiving and to Cumberland Island.
22 Photos
Created 29 November 2012
Gallery of scenery in Beaufort SC and the Georgia coastline.
27 Photos
Created 19 November 2012
Water path into Charleston South Carolina
22 Photos
Created 14 November 2012
Southern North Carolina
15 Photos
Created 8 November 2012
Elizabeth City North Carolina
9 Photos
Created 4 November 2012
Route through canal from Norfolk Virginia to Elizabeth City, North Carolina
26 Photos
Created 25 October 2012
St Michaels MD. Museum and landscape
20 Photos
Created 18 October 2012
Annapolis Boat show
28 Photos
Created 10 October 2012
Chesapeake City, Maryland. Interesting little town if you like nick-knacks and antiques
20 Photos
Created 30 September 2012
My Kind Of Town
22 Photos
Created 27 September 2012
14 Photos
Created 19 September 2012
From Waterford to Castleton
6 Photos
Created 13 September 2012
18 Photos
Created 7 September 2012
Pictures of demasting and Leroy on the canal
12 Photos
Created 30 August 2012
Preparing Chances to sail away, selling our home and moving aboard
7 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 28 April 2012

Life is good!

Who: Captain Dennis
Port: Toronto