Florida at last!
R and D
20 November 2010 | N30° 40.180 W081° 28.018
a mere 1492 nautical miles!
After a lovely stay in Beaufort, we opted for an Atlantic Ocean voyage under a full moon. Interestingly, there was not one other vessel out there during the entire 18 hours. Sea conditions were stable and we had a little assistance from the head sail as winds were a little light. Arrived at 4am and thanks to a full moon and spot light, we were able to find an open spot on the dock behind a Pilot vessel. Tight conditions and a running current made it somewhat difficult to get turned around so we could dock into the current in this very narrow creek. We tied up for a few hours of shut eye as we both stayed up on watch duty all night. A knock on the hull awoke us to the news that we were in a Shrimpers dock and would have to vacate, so we immediately got dressed and under way again, only this time in daylight-much easier. We are now in Fernandina Beach Harbour Marina, Florida, the Georgia/Florida boarder. 70° We are a little regretful to have missed Georgia, which would have taken another 3 days, too likely to run aground on the Intracoastal Waterway through that passage. However we intend to double back to St. Mary's, GA for the Cruisers Thanksgiving Dinner, where over 100 boaters attend, supplying side dishes and the locals cook up turkeys and hams. Cool eh!
We have now used all our charts, so today looks like a trip to Jacksonville to find a West Marine store so we can buy the ICW Waterway Guide for Florida and the Keys plus a Maptech chart book for the same area.