Wednesday 9 Nov '11
Charleston Marine Center is the best, and if you get Jeff to help you'll be happy cruisers!
Carol and Heather toured the town while Jack and Ken did check list stuff. They were very interested in tagging along when it came to dinner - dessert first at Kaminski's then Sushi at the little Japanese restaurant, Shi Ki, on the way back to the boat (same strip-mall as East Bay Deli). Ken bought Heather another butterfly box in the market, this one will be mounted in such a way that it will have to be sold with the boat!
We introduced C&J to Cumberland Island (federal park once owned by T. Carnegie's wife) and hiked the dogs around the grounds to reintroduce them to trees.
Motored-sailed from there to Fernandina, while Tribute sailed to Melbourne. Fernandina is what we think of as 1930's FL, quaint brick two-story 1800's structures, some painted lovely colors, and lots of seafood, alcohol and chatty boaters. I have to recommend their laundry set-up (now, how often do you hear that!) dig this, commercial W/D (2 ea)!!!!! We were in cruiser heaven.
St. Augustine is up ahead. Can't wait cause we both need a haircut - Heather thinks she looks like Lon Chaney in Wolf Man hair, and Ken looks like Cary Grant in need of a trim.
11/25/2011, N34 13.059 W77 48.800
Saturday 5 Nov '11
Tucked in at Bridge Tender Marina for a few days to visit with Ken's dad Richard and his wife Freddie. The marina has trash receptacles, fuel/wtr and WIFI but that's about it. The restaurant is first rate however ($$$) and the Harris Teeter is within walking distance.- life is good. We departed early and caught-up with 'Tribute'. We're sailing together and plan to see the sites in Charleston next.
11/25/2011, N34 42.914 W75 39.820
Tuesday 1 Nov '11
Sunshine and calm seas helped mitigate the 53 degrees. We arrived at Beaufort Docks (ouch!!! $2.30ft, $4 pwr per night) just in time to spend our wooden nickels and have dinner with Carol and Jack on 'Tribute'. Stayed long enough to stretch our legs, have lunch at the 'Grocery Store', buy a few provisions at the market up the street and scour Kelli's 'rocking chair bookstore' for additions to my collection - great little independent!
We anchored in Hammock Bay, N34 33.068 W77 19.507 for the night. The holding is not the best so we put out lots of chain in anticipation of the heavy rain and gusts to 30k expected during the night and into the morning of the following day. Unfortunately not everyone did the same. Stella Blue dragged down on us at 0705 and we had gusts to 50 and all that rain to contend with. Ken took the helm to try and steer Faring into the wind so we wouldn't drag, too. We were soaked to the bone as we left the cabin in sweats and slippers. We both lost and retrieved our glasses during the fray and Heather is out one very warm slipper but aside from that all aboard both yachts were unhurt and neither boat was damaged. We thanked our lucky stars and got the hell out of there.
11/25/2011, N38 20.160 W76 26.107
Tuesday 18 Oct '11
Did a few long days, 85nm or so. to anchor at our must visit Susan and Peter spot in the Chesapeake. They are truly the 'Best of the Best' - thank you S&P. Stayed till Sunday when we departed at dawn for Fishing Bay Marina in Deltaville VA, N37 32.457 W76 20.261, to party on our mutual birthdays with Joanie and Bob on Nemir. After that it was Waterside Marina, Norfolk VA, N36 50.636 W76 17.567 where we picked up an OCC burgee from a fellow member that lives near the marina.
After that it was rain, overcast and gusts to 20k. The Great Bridge Lock was closed to boat traffic due to high water for awhile so we anchored north of the lock and hunkered- down till the lock opened and we made our way to Alligator River Marina, cleanest marina we've visited along the way and good burgers, too! Then it was onto Pungo Creek in sunshine! Pungo Creek, N35 30.493 W76 39.344, is a very nice place to anchor - very good holding but, poor WIFI.
Saturday 8 Oct '11
Actually, thanks to Carol and Richard on 'The Great Catsby', we didn't squeeze anywhere - we sailed up the narrow inlet to Sunset Lake and anchored for the night, lovely. The next day we did squeeze into a slip at the South Jersey Marina. Ken had discovered an oil leak in the starboard engine during a routine check that needed a closer look. He ordered the seal and gasket on Monday, along with Chinese take-out that delivers to the dock, and the parts arrived the next day. We had plenty of time to make friends with Torie, the new owner of the onsite restaurant - Wallace's - because the oil seal went off without a hitch (pays to have your own ABYC certified tech as captain) but the weather went down hill in spades!!! Gale winds and heavy rain, whew. We tried leaving Sunday, there are just so many long walks you can take in that part of Cape May, even Buoy was tired of the site of all that concrete after awhile, but we faced 30 k winds and standing waves so we turned around and went back to SJM for another night.
11/25/2011, N 40 32.197 W74 08.307
Thursday 6 Oct '11
"The Devil made me do it!" That would be me, Heather, the Devil that is. I'd lived in NYC a good long time but I have never been to Staten Island (the ferry, yes, the island ,no). So when Ken said what is the first thing you want to do when we go ashore I said - Buy real bagels!!! We took a mooring at the Richmond Community Yacht Club - great lunch and a very safe anchorage. Then we took the MTA and the ferry into the City (for a grand total of $9.00) . We checked out the construction progress of the "new Towers" - very pretty, reflects the sky with little or no structure showing between the glazing.
Upon our return to Great Kills we ate really good pizza and the best homemade ice dream we've ever had at 'Benvenuti's'. We bought an assortment of jaw challenging wonderfully flavorful bagels around the corner and to die for Italian pastry at 'Ponte Vecchio' on the corner of the intersection that leads back to the marina...........GREAT DAY!!! I recommend Great Kills to anyone wishing to visit NYC without breaking the bank - Staten Island is the way to go!!
Up at 7AM, Ken at least, to sail to Barnegat Bay on our way to Cape May. What a lovely anchorage, much nicer than a long overnight to Cape May. Getting there however was a might rough in the morning - wind against the tide - the dogs and I were a tad nervous. The interior of the saloon was rearranged by nature (still haven't found my #9 pencil). But Ken was enjoying a little action at sea. Tomorrow another 65 nm and we'll be in Cape May - a tight squeeze for two cats and a monohull!