SV Lightfoot

Vessel Name: Lightfoot
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 37
Hailing Port: Washington DC
Crew: Kepple and Grounds families
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04 June 2012 | Southport NC
31 May 2012 | Kilkenny Creek GA
29 May 2012 | Jekyll Island- ICW Mile 695
26 May 2012 | Fort Pierce FLA
19 May 2012 | Fort Pierce FLA
28 January 2012 | Ft. Pierce, FL
27 January 2012
26 January 2012
25 January 2012 | Behind Highborne Cay/Bahamas
25 January 2012
25 January 2012 | Highbourne Cay
24 January 2012
23 January 2012 | Leaving northern coast of Turks and Caicos
23 January 2012 | Sapodilla Bay
17 January 2012 | Sapodilla Bay, Turks & Caicos
15 January 2012 | Sapodilla Bay, Turks & Caicos
14 January 2012 | Luperon- Dominican Republic
13 January 2012 | Dominican Republic
12 January 2012 | At Sea
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Recent Blog Posts
04 June 2012 | Southport NC

Jump to NC

After two days in the ICW and some encouraging weather news at Kilkenny Creek, we decided to jump outside to Charleson SC. The pain inflicted by Beryl had begun to fade. The autopilot started working again and Chip started getting the spare main sail ready for first time duty. The spare sail was cut [...]

31 May 2012 | Kilkenny Creek GA

Kilkenny Creek

We wound through the Georgia marshes for about 70 miles on our way to Savannah. The Georgia marshes extended for miles and it was nice to see so much unspoiled habitat. About 40 miles into the trip we noticed a large sloop with a French name slowly gaining on us. As we entered Saint Catherine’s Sound [...]

29 May 2012 | Jekyll Island- ICW Mile 695

Jekyll Island

We started late today (11:30 am) to avoid some heavy rain in the morning. We traveled up the ICW and saw a group of three manatees swimming south of the town of Ferdandino Beach. On one section we saw a shrimper with one of his outriggers deployed. At first we thought he was fishing in the ICW but [...]

29 May 2012 | at sea

Whiff of Beryl-(We didn't like the smell)

We departed Fort Pierce about 8:30am Sunday morning after returning the rental car. The weather was beautiful, sunny temperatures in the low eighties. This however would soon change.

26 May 2012 | Fort Pierce FLA

Our Friend Beryl

We arrived in Fort Pierce late on Thursday after driving 1000 miles. Friday we drove to Harbortowne Marina and were relieved to find Lightfoot in good condition. No wetness or mold inside.The Harbortown marina crew launched Lightfoot right on time at 10 am. I was relieved when the engine started up [...]

19 May 2012 | Fort Pierce FLA

Restart

The weather has warmed here in the mid-atlantic and it is time to move SV Lightfoot back from Florida to her home port in Annapolis. Lightfoot will be launched on May 25 at the Harbortown Marina in Fort Pierce FLA. At Harbortown, the boat owner [...]

Jekyll Island

29 May 2012 | Jekyll Island- ICW Mile 695
Alan
We started late today (11:30 am) to avoid some heavy rain in the morning. We traveled up the ICW and saw a group of three manatees swimming south of the town of Ferdandino Beach. On one section we saw a shrimper with one of his outriggers deployed. At first we thought he was fishing in the ICW but then we realized he was aground and using his fishing gear to pull himself free. He freed himself and we followed him for several miles until he split off into what I thought was a dead end. Before long we saw him turn around retrace his path and fall in behind us. Now I am starting to think, this guy must not have charts. So he followed us through some tricky areas and then pulled ahead when the town of Ferdandino Beach was in sight. We saw him make one aborted pass at rafting up with some other fishing boats before we passed and left him to it. Must have been a new guy.

Later we passed the US Navy submarine base at King's Bay. There were two boats with security personnel present to make sure we stayed in the channel. I saw one of the submarines that I refueled back in my working days tied up to a pier. After passing King's Bay the skies opened and Beryl wet us down again. We passed Cumberland and Little Cumberland Island and through Saint Andrews Sound seeing two sea turtles poke up their heads in Saint Andews sound. We pulled into a small creek west of Jekyll Island, dropped the anchor, and now it is Miller time. Fried egg sandwiches and baked beans on the menu tonight.
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