happy Thanksgiving -- St. Mary's DANCE
22 November 2018 | St. Mary's River -- anchored basically in FLorida
dean -- WINDY ---
22 NOV 2018 HAPPY Thanksgiving to ALL….
We hope your Thanksgiving was peaceful and fun… and FILLING, as in Turkey…and stuffing…
Our Thanksgiving was, indeed, fulfilling… The food was plentiful, here at St. Mary’s GA. (There were fewer turkeys, and hams than ever before, but there was ‘enough’… and that’s all anyone desires…
The weather here in GA… specifically the St. Mary’s River did it’s usual to make things interesting… The morning, when I took the dinghy into town to assist in setting up tables, and cleaning the bar… was gorgeous weather…. River calm…. Sunshine… etc.
By NOON time… the hour we were supposed to bring in the food to pass, etc. The WINDS had picked up to around 25 knot… and the “ST. MARY’S DANCE” had begun…. (for those who have never experienced the “st. Mary’s dance”… we are talking a major WIND against TIDE event… Where the ebb or flood current, which runs about 5 knots… is flowing one way, and the wind is blowing the opposite way, at speed…. What this does, it makes all the boats float “in front or upstream of their respective anchors”…. And the boats begin to “Paint” back and forth…. Looking very unstable… charging toward a neighboring vessel, and then “snapping” away in another direction….
So boats that would normally be fine anchoring next to each other, now become mortal enemies… catamarans and power boats swing much differently than does a MONO-HULL sailboat….with a deep keel…. So this anchorage became a nightmare of wildly swinging boats…
WE, on AB picked our normal anchoring spot, on the Florida side of the border… in deep water… (no body likes it over here.. because the water is deep and to “HOOK-IN” you have to lay down a LOT of chain…. (Which is why we like it here… No one comes NEAR us)…..
We still “PAINT” back and forth… but with no one around… and the anchor buried deep in the bottom…. Who cares.
There were a few close calls today…. But no crashes. Wally Moran, and his 17 followers, ate the dinner then most of them pulled anchor and proceeded to motor up the NORTH River…. JUST before Sunset..
We all thought they were NUTS… but listening to the VHF radio chatter… They all did get anchored just before sunset.
We picked up Marylou from s/v Dalmatian, and took her with us to town, and dinner. Tom stayed on Dalmatian and protected the boat... and the rest of us... by giving us situation reports every 15 minutes.... Thanks TOM. !!!
( he did get his meal, but minus turkey, and LATE)
Pete and Bunny (s/v Avalon) drove to Brunswick landing and picked up Bill and Laura (s/v Second Wind)…. It was nice to party today with everyone from HOP-O-Nose / Catskill. Wonderful day.
Tonight we’re expecting the weather to degrade to what the local weather station called a “Local Nor-easter”…. High winds, RAIN, and tons of beach erosion… (news is out of Jacksonville FL).
Tomorrow morning is the scheduled “Pancake breakfast”.. and Nautical Flea Market at Seagle’s Saloon…
That will end the St. Mary’s festivities…
SO…. The wind is howling outside… No RAIN yet.. but the news shows it storming down near St. AUG. More later…