This Way And That
24 November 2015
Monday, November 23
The wind blows this way and the current runs that way. The anchor is this way and the boat is that way. We didn't think that we were dragging anchor, but since we had swung around 180°, our sterns were a little too close to the shore for comfort. So, before dark, we pulled anchor and moved the boats, together, to another spot. Somewhere around two in the morning, the anchor alarm went off. The winds were blowing around twenty knots all night long. Although we haven't had any problems before now, perhaps we asked a bit too much from Don's mantus anchor. Holding two boats in all that wind and current. All four of us were up on the decks assessing the situation. We decided that it would be best to separate. Don and Judy threw off our lines and we moved to find another spot to anchor Bay Breezin' by the light of the moon. We got a few more hours sleep. Six o'clock came quickly and we pulled anchor and were underway before 7 a.m. We are leaving on high tide. Once again, there are many shoaling areas on this stretch of the ICW. We cruise right along with the tide. We get through the worst areas while the water is still high enough and arrive at Sister's Creek right at 12:30, just minutes after low tide. As we approach, we can see SeaQuell tied to the dock. Robert, Becky and Maggie dog came out to catch our lines and help us tie up. I'm so glad they decided to stay an extra night. Everyone gathers on Bay Breezin' for dinner. It was a fun evening catching up on everything. SeaQuell will be leaving in the morning. We will stay one more night here.
Tuesday, November 24
SeaQuell was gone by the time we got up. They left before sunrise. There was another boat here with us here on the free dock. They are gone too. Four more boats would come in throughout the day. This is a beautiful spot near Jacksonville. There are boat ramps and a park with a playground. The marsh grasses are full of birds to watch. A few people are fishing on the dock. The sun is out and it is warming up nicely from an overnight low of 38°. The wind continues to blow. I have been in touch with friends who have retired here in Jacksonville. Peter and Beth came by for a visit. It has been nearly ten years since I have seen them, but we quickly catch up. They were members of our Richmond sailing club. Peter, my husband John, and six other guys used to charter the same two sailboats together every year to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Don and Judy joined us and we all enjoyed talking about sailing and the Bahamas. As Beth and Peter leave, they promise to wave as we pass by their house tomorrow. The winds are up again this evening. We will be leaving early. We have reservations in St. Augustine.