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Light House Trip
Jim - 80 but windy
04/18/2012, Anastatia Island St Augustine

Went to light house --Dede Went shopping and history exploring on the trolley bus. She has a lot to tell you.
My story is that I did not climb the 275 stairs to the top. I went in my USCG hat but refused to climb to the top--felt good not to have to go up and polish the brass!!(not that I did that often -Castle Hill Light is 40' feet high 35 steps!)
The anchorage here in St Augustine is well laid out--only complaint is that with wind and current opposed the boat sets funny and ride is bouncy. Current is always running 2-3 kts in or out but the wind has been up and down hitting 20 almost all afternoon and hanging in till 10 pm or so.
Weather forecast is for a front to pass across sometime between now and Sunday with possible strong storms and 40 kt wind. We are staying put till the all clear signal from NOAA.
The city I will leave up to Dede to describe.

Journey Part 2; Jacksonville
Dede; weather beautiful!!
04/15/2012, St. Johns River, Jacksonville

Well, we have now begun the 2nd leg of our our son-in-law Glenn so aptly calls it, "Life's A Journey; Destination Unknown!!" We arrived at Ortega Yacht Club Marina on Tuesday; had Lady Lady hauled on Wednesday, cleaned hull, installed 2nd ac in v-birth, painted her bottom, and, dropped her back into water and back to her dock on Thursday...a VERY busy 24hrs!! We stayed at the Marina until Sunday morning...allowing time to provision, fix a flat tire on Jim's bike and enjoy a barbeque on the dock Saturday night to say "so long" to our "marina mates."
Jacksonville is "big-time." In terms of population, the city ranks #1 in FL and 11th in the US. During the Civil War, the city found itself invaded and abandoned 4 times by the Union forces. The Confederate navy had purchased the famous racing yacht America, and ultimately it was sank up the St. Johns River. Union soldiers found, plugged and raised her...dispatching her to their Naval Blockade, and she became a training ship at the US Naval Academy!! She finished 4th in the 1870 race for the famous cup that still bears her name.
Jacksonville is amass with multiple military bases; among which is the JAX Naval Air Station, home of the impressive Blue Angels!!
Jacksonville the center of Jacksonville, on the river...offers attractions and events all day long as well as nighttime hotspots...including the "Jacquars Stadium."
We spent 1-day exploring Jacksonville Beach...21 miles of sand dunes, surfing, treacherous currents and heavy winds...but I imagine a beautiful vacation spot on a more calm day!!
We cruised away on the St. Johns River, notorious (and correctly so) for its' currents on Sunday mid-morning. Winds came up in the afternoon, and we settled on anchor just north of the Dames Point Spansion Bridge. The river itself is outlined with cargo ports and carriers...getting ready to head out to the Atlantic. Tomorrow we arise early (??) and head down the coast (ICW) to visit St. Augustine, the oldest city in the country and the home to the "fountain of youth!!" Stay tuned...

04/15/2012 | Ron Smith
Looking forward to the adventure..........Destination unknown.
Packed and ready
Jim -typical RI April ??
04/10/2012, Still in EG

Well the bags are packed, charts, electronics and some extra clothes for the warm days. Really looking forward to this leg. Not sure of the 'fun factor' in northern parts of the Florida ICW -I understand there are scads of condos -hotels and marinas from Jacksonville to Miami--the ithe world changes to the "Florida" we want to see -Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. Expect to be in Key West July 1st.

04/12/2012 | Paul
Happy sails. Be safe and make sure you lock the BMW.
Almost Ready
Jim ;-)
04/06/2012, East Greenwich --still

Almost packed for our return April 10th. Flying down and hauling Lady for bottom cleaning and painting. If all goes well we will be back in the water and underway from Jacksonville to St Augustine on April 15th. Sailing out the 15th for a southern journey beats and April 145h trip to the post office to file the taxes.

Trip went well
Jim -Sunny-Warm
04/06/2012, Home still

I thought I posted an up date on the quick trip!! Guess not however. Dede and I went down to Jacksonville in February to check boat, install main salon/vee berth air-conditioning unit, and install a new dingy cover. All went well and we even enjoyed the ride down and back in the BMW.

Feburary Trip Planned
12/27/2011, E.G. Rhode Island

Missing Lady Lady! Just tried to do some electrical work--all the 'stuff- like tools etc.' is/are on the boat! Guess I'll need to go to Florida to do house work :-) or buy a second set of tools for home.. Heavens forbid the problems this will create when we have a camper van or a second home. I'll need multiple +multiple everything. Well not everything only one Dede is enough !!!
In all seriousness we hope to drive down to Lady in Feburary during school vacation seeing as we can't ski that week any way because of restrictions on our season passes.

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Hope's Crew
Who: Jim & Dede McGuire
Port: East Greenwich, RI
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