12-22-07 N 27 58.951: W 080 32.575
Still on the ICW
Well all the excitement of stopping in Daytona for fuel, then following a trawler, (Diane's advice), and going aground AGAIN! We had a great day of down wind sailing, down the "Mosquito Lagoon". Winds were up around 20-25 so needless to say it was a quick journey to Titusville! The grounding was a very soft grounding, and "Tow Boat US" said we were the eighth person to go aground today in that exact spot! He said he had made good money on that shoal. A barge had grounded there before dawn!!!
The wind stayed out of the north all night and picked to 25 with gusts to 35. But today it has calmed down, still out of the north northeast, But a nice trip through Cocoa, and, Melbourne. Gotta say I always think of my childhood and being (or trying) to be a "surfer dude" in Cocoa!
Right now we are anchored behind a spoil island, temp is about 77 and the winds are calm.
Life is getting better! ?
12/19/07 N29 53.938 W81 17.443
Cape Francis, Fl (St. Augustine).
We have a couple of beautiful days of sailing and motor sailing. The conditions have been nice for comfort, but shy on speed. The winds have only been 5-10 knots and the 2-3 ft. seas have been just behind the beam, so it has been a very comfortable ride.
Last night when we pulled into Cumberland Island we were greeted by a group of the wild horses and a pod of dolphin. What a greeting from the locals!!!!!!!!!! The night before we had stayed at Jekyll Harbor and I decided to come outside using Jekyll Inlet. What a mistake, it was on a falling tide so there was a standing wave. It is narrow with breakers and shoals. I won't do that again!!!!!!!!!!
Oh and I almost forgot being boarded by the Coast Guard for an inspection, which we passed with flying colors!!!!!!!
Today I heard a great radio conversation between the Coast Guard and a shrimper. The set up is: all day the CG had been broadcasting a report of a vessel on fire. Finally the following conversation was heard
CG helicopter pilot: "fishing vessel directly below me!
Shrimp boat captain: "this is the "A.L Minikin" sir, how can I help you
CG pilot: "Captain is your vessel all right?"
Shrimp Boat: "Yes sir, why do you ask sir?"
CG pilot: "Your vessel was reported to be on fire!"
Shrimp Boat: "Oh no sir, all is well, she just smokes a bit! All though she don't seem to be smoking as bad as usual, you should see her on those days!!!!!!!
CG pilot; "So all is well?"
Shrimp boat: "Yes sir, you mean all them reports all day were about me? If I'dve known I would have called somebody. You kinda scared us when you hovered right over us. I sure am sorry for everybody's concern, but we ain't on fire!!! Sorry for the smoke, but the engines are a little old!!!!!!!!
When the pilot reported his finding to the base he did kind of chuckle, when he reported the vessel usually smokes worse than it was today!! LMAO