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St. Augustine MM 778
11/18/2011, St. Augustine, Fla

Another long day on the ICW. It was low tide when I left Fernandina Beach and there was a lot of unreported shoaling. Needless to say I felt like I had my heart in my throat most of the morning until I got out of the Ameila River. The rest of the day was just long, 62 miles worth.
Arriving in St Augustine around 4 PM it was difficult to find a spot to anchor. It seems that all the anchorages are filled up with mooring balls and you can't anchor within the confines of the mooring field.
When the wind abates this morning, right now it's blowing in the mid 20's, I'll head into town and take a look around.
A lot of history here.

11/18/2011 | Ron Mariano
Looks like big seas on the outside all weekend.
11/18/2011 | Don
Well, you made it farther down the ICW than Yumsuch - they are in Oriental with half a mast. Can't let your gaurd down at any time!
11/19/2011 | Paul
Mooring balls. They will kill cruising.
Surprised Sodus Bay isn't filled with the damn things. Easy money.
Fernandina Beach MM 716
11/16/2011, Fernandina Beach, Fla

I only saved about 70 miles by gong outside. But it was a whole faster and easier. It would have taken close to five days of 60 mile days (no fun) and finding anchorages every night. With every day minding the sticks and traffic and bridges. So 27 hours at sea is not too bad.
I left Charleston SC at 7 am on Tuesday and put the anchor down in Fernandina Beach at around 9:30. It was a 179 nm trip with head winds and fog almost the entire way.
Tomorrow, I think St. Augustine, another 60 mile day.

Offshore finally
11/15/2011, 94 miles from Fla

I left Charleston this morning at 7 am with the incoming tide. It was a slow ride out through the channel and out to sea. The ICW was fun in it's own way but there were too many long slow days chugging along. Keeping your eyes peeled for long stretches. So I am glad to be out here. Currently motor sailing with the main up, doing a a little over 7 knots. I have another 96 miles to go. I should be in Fernadina Beach by 9 on Wednesday morning. This is the longest single handed passage so far. The last one was St Maartin to Virgin Gorda but it was only 90 miles. This one should be about 170 nm by the time I get to the anchorage. Of course there is a South wind but very light.

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