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The First Mate's Journal
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Relayer of Messages LOL/Tolamato River Anchorage12/12/2008, Tolamato River Anchorage (30o00.043 x –081 20.168)
Watched several boats come & go - none seemed to want to come in or stay in the anchorage and one stayed at the mouth of the ICW and entrance to the anchorage then left at first light.
3 Island Anchorage, Pablo Creek FLyuk
12/11/2008, 3 Island Anchorage, Pablo Creek FL
Watched the weather with a close eye this morning. We were really rocking and pitching last night with high winds and chop and we were under a tornado watch most the morning. I thought it prudent that we should have 2 anchors out so Wayne put one out right before the storms hit. We watched the storms roll in and the winds and waves started tilting the boat. It got a bit scary being pelted with hard rain and winds but when I saw clouds dipping down and starting to spiral I had to go grab my camera. For some reason I forgot my fear and had to get pictures. It looked like water spouts starting to form in a band off to our east – scary and thrilling at the same time as the rain was really pelting us. There was one other boat anchored in here with us (that wasn’t a derelict or unattended one). He watched us and we watched him. He appeared to be a single handler from Canada but whenever I tried to hail him on the radio, I got no response. He left later in the afternoon. I wanted to tell him that the McCormick Bridge was closed and only opened from noon to 1pm then not until after 5 pm which signals night. We heard him on the radio later and it sounded like after finding out it was closed pulled into a marina.
Fernandina Beach to 3 Island Anchorage, Pablo Creek FL12/10/2008, Fernandina Beach to 3 Island Anchorage, Pablo Creek FL
It felt good to break anchor and leave this morning but we’re anchored S. of Green Buoy 17 before a fixed bridge in an area where it looks like there are quite a few verrry unattended sailboats at anchor or moored. It’s kind of creepy to think that people just abandon their boats at anchor and leave them to sink or drift to shore. We’re in a spot though that there aren’t any more anchorages for the next 20 miles so it’d be iffy to try and make it to the next anchorage before dark. The bridge houses an interstate highway whose traffic we’re hoping will chill come nighttime. Weather is supposed to be moving in tonight/tomorrow so we may need to be here for a couple nights. A smaller boat from Canada was the only other boat to pull in and decide to stay for the night (Voyager) – a few others looked but didn’t stay.