Aboard s.v. Trudy Mae

Vessel Name: Trudy Mae
Vessel Make/Model: Grampian 30
Hailing Port: Toronto
14 February 2010 | Jekyll Island, Geeorgia
08 February 2010 | Titusville, Florida
04 February 2010 | Titusville, Florida
03 February 2010 | Daytona Beach, Florida
30 January 2010 | St Augustine, Florida
26 January 2010 | St Augustine, Florida
25 January 2010 | St Augustine, Florida
20 January 2010 | St Augustine, Florida
17 January 2010 | St Augustine, Florida
10 January 2010 | St Augustine, Florida
28 December 2009 | Fernandina Beach, Florida
24 December 2009 | Fernandina Beach, FL
12 December 2009 | South Carolina
28 November 2009 | Hospital Point, Norfolk, Virginia
22 November 2009 | Chesapeake Bay
15 November 2009 | Delaware Bay
04 November 2009 | Cape May, NJ
28 October 2009 | New York State
20 October 2009 | Oswego Canal
18 October 2009 | Oswego, NY
Recent Blog Posts
14 February 2010 | Jekyll Island, Geeorgia

Northbound

It was chilly on Monday. We were going to head into Titusville and do a bit of provisioning, but decided it could wait a day and just hung about the boat discussing where we should go next. With a month long layover starting the last week of February we needed to decide where we wanted to be for that [...]

08 February 2010 | Titusville, Florida

Endeavour Launch

We arrived in Titusville as planned on Thursday and anchored out in front of the Titusville Municipal Marina. We arrived early enough to hop in the dinghy and go in and check out the neighbourhood before heading back and cooking supper.

04 February 2010 | Titusville, Florida

What a difference a day makes

Up early and on the move again by 7 AM this morning, we aim to put in another longish day, covering the remaining 46 miles to Titusville as they are calling for rain tomorrow...no sense standing out in the cockpit in the rain if you don't have to.

03 February 2010 | Daytona Beach, Florida

On the move again

We are on the move again. We left St Augustine this morning at first light on our way to Titusville to see the Endeavour launch - scheduled for 4:39 AM Sunday morning. It was supposed to be a fairly warm sunny day with a high around 72 F but for the most part is was cloudy and breezy...so we were still [...]

30 January 2010 | St Augustine, Florida

Provisioning and Stowing

We've spent the week provisioning and stowing in preparation for moving on from St. Augustine. As you can imagine, after being in one place for a month some of the lockers seem to have emptied themselves...at least partly. The winter clothes are now stowed where the summer clothes used to be and the [...]

26 January 2010 | St Augustine, Florida

A few more pictures

A few more pictures have been added to the Florida Photos - 2010 photo album.

Northbound

14 February 2010 | Jekyll Island, Geeorgia
It was chilly on Monday. We were going to head into Titusville and do a bit of provisioning, but decided it could wait a day and just hung about the boat discussing where we should go next. With a month long layover starting the last week of February we needed to decide where we wanted to be for that month. Farther south would be nice, but then we'd really be under the gun to make it home on schedule...so we decided we'd go north...just not exactly how far north. We threw around a few spots....Jekyll Island (just south of Savannah), Wilmington, Charleston, Georgetown...even as far as Oriental, NC...but didn't come to any firm conclusions.

Tuesday morning just before first light Doug roused me from a sound sleep and announced we were leaving. Suddenly he was anxious to get going. Apparently it was a long trip to wherever we were going. I barely had time to get dressed before the engine was on and I could hear the anchor chain falling into the anchor locker...and we were off. We didn't stop until we were back anchored in almost the exact same spot we'd been in 6 days before at Daytona Beach.

Wednesday we were weathered in at Daytona Beach by cold high winds. It was a rocky day on the hook but we managed to narrow down our layover destination to either Jekyll Island, Georgia or Georgetown, South Carolina. Jekyll Island is a very pretty with a lovely marina with a courtesy car, bikes, more bike trails than roads and tennis courts... and barely north of Florida so hopefully warm. Georgetown is a small southern city (about 35 miles south of Myrtle Beach, NC) with a very nice marina (with new bathrooms, showers and laundry) in the heart of the historical downtown, with tennis courts only ΒΌ mile away and a Piggly Wiggly that will pick you up and drop you off again...and at Mile Marker 403 of the ICW it's halfway to Norfolk (with the worst of the ICW's shallow depths out of the way) breaking the trip north up quite nicely.

Thursday we were on the move again. We anchored about 5 miles shy of St Augustine and at days end we were still waffling between Jekyll Island and Georgetown.

Friday was cold (just a few degrees above freezing) windy and raining steadily. We anchored at noon. We'd managed to cover almost 20 miles but it was just too miserably cold and wet to continue. We checked the weather and they were actually calling for snow over night - although they didn't expect any accumulation (small mercies). We spent the rest of the day trying to keep warm. The oven was busy...first muffins...then a loaf of bread...then dinner...and then brownies. Probably not one of Doug's most pleasurable birthdays...but we did finally decide that our destination would be Georgetown...short term pain for long term gain (at least that's the theory).

With a shorter than planned distance covered on Friday, Saturday was a marathon. We covered the remaining 49 miles to Fernandina Beach. We pulled onto the gas dock at about 4 PM, filled up and paid for a dock for the night. Once tied off at the dock we launched into phase two...fill the water tank, dispose of the garbage, head to town and hit the post office, bank, grocery store...then back to the boat to stow the groceries, shower and do laundry while having a bite to eat...and then out on the town for a belated birthday drink before calling it a day.

There was frost on the deck and the dock this morning. The heater was on full blast all night. It kept us toasty warm and everything in the boat is once again dry. The sun is shining but we are bundled up (the toques, scarves and mitts are out again). We've just past by Jekyll Island...so I guess that makes the decision final...Georgetown or bust...if we don't freeze to death first!

Endeavour Launch

08 February 2010 | Titusville, Florida
We arrived in Titusville as planned on Thursday and anchored out in front of the Titusville Municipal Marina. We arrived early enough to hop in the dinghy and go in and check out the neighbourhood before heading back and cooking supper.

As predicted, the winds kicked up on Friday ...and Saturday...but it was still warm. We did a bit of shopping and caught up on a few maintenance jobs...but mostly relaxed and read and enjoyed the weather.

When we went to bed on Saturday night the sky was clear and the Endeavour launch was still a 'go' with an 80% chance the weather would be clear enough at the 4:39 am launch time. We set the alarm for 3:45 am and went to bed.

At 3:45 when the alarm went off...we hit the snooze button...but just once. Then we were up checking the sky, the NASA website, making coffee and trying to find a radio station covering the launch. The latest update on the NASA website said they were still a 'go' if the weather cleared. Doug managed to find a radio station covering the launch at about 4:30....just in time for the announcement that they were 'scrubbing' the launch due to the weather and were going to try again the following morning at 4:14 am...so we went back to bed.

Sunday was another windy day, but that allowed the luxury of watching the entire Superbowl (and all of the American Superbowl commercials) AND enjoying cold beer as the wind generator had no problem keeping up with our energy consumption.

We checked the NASA website before turning in and it reported a 60% probability for launch dependant on the weather. We set the alarm again and crossed our fingers.
At 3:45 the alarm went off and we hopped out of bed and repeated the same routine as the previous night. Patchy clouds filled the sky, but NASA said the weather in Florida was fine, but in order to launch at least one of the 3 alternate landing sites (in Spain and France) had to have clear weather as well...so we waited. About 5 minutes before the scheduled launch NASA announced the weather had cleared at one of the alternate landing sites and they were a 'go' for launch.

We listened to the count down on the radio while standing in the cockpit, camera poised. At 5 seconds to go the sky lit up and it was like sunset in reverse as this huge fireball of light silently lifted off the horizon. It was so bright you couldn't distinguish the shuttle from the rockets it was attached to...it was just one big glowing ball of light rising in the sky. There was a full 5 seconds of silence before the thunderous roar of liftoff travelled the 5 miles between us and the launch pad and engulfed us. Endeavour climbed up past the clouds and the bright sky faded back to darkness as the roar turned to a rumble and then faded back to silence. We watched until it looked like a bright star in the night sky...or maybe an orbiting satellite. It was all over in less than a minute.

We continued to listen to the radio, but after a few minutes they returned to their regular programming once Endeavour was past the point where they could make an emergency landing at one of the alternate landing sites. The astronauts were 'safely' on their way to the space station...so we headed back to bed for a bit more sleep.

What a difference a day makes

04 February 2010 | Titusville, Florida
Up early and on the move again by 7 AM this morning, we aim to put in another longish day, covering the remaining 46 miles to Titusville as they are calling for rain tomorrow...no sense standing out in the cockpit in the rain if you don't have to.

It's a beautiful day! It's the first time we've actually had a travel day where no coats, hats or gloves were required...not even first thing in the morning. We aren't in shorts yet....but it's comfortably warm even at 6 knots. This is more like it....this is how I imagined the trip down the ICW would be...

On the move again

03 February 2010 | Daytona Beach, Florida
We are on the move again. We left St Augustine this morning at first light on our way to Titusville to see the Endeavour launch - scheduled for 4:39 AM Sunday morning. It was supposed to be a fairly warm sunny day with a high around 72 F but for the most part is was cloudy and breezy...so we were still in toques, gloves and warm jackets.

We are hoping all goes well with the count down and they don't have to delay the launch. From the anchorage in Titusville we are only about 4 miles from the launch pad and from stories we've heard from others who have witness launches we are looking forward to a spectacular show. The night launches are supposed to be the most impressive...lighting the surrounding area up as if it were daytime

We had a long day, travelling 56 miles down the ICW to Daytona Beach. We'd expected it to take 2 days to get to Daytona Beach but the currents were with us so we just carried on. It was supposed to be a fairly warm sunny day with a high around 72 F but for the most part is was cloudy and breezy...so we were still in toques, gloves and warm jackets...but like good Canadians the weather didn't stop us from sitting in the cockpit enjoying a beer at the end of the day while we watched the sunset over Daytona Beach...even if we did have to wear jackets and stay tucked in behind the cabin top to stay out of the wind.

Provisioning and Stowing

30 January 2010 | St Augustine, Florida
We've spent the week provisioning and stowing in preparation for moving on from St. Augustine. As you can imagine, after being in one place for a month some of the lockers seem to have emptied themselves...at least partly. The winter clothes are now stowed where the summer clothes used to be and the hats and mitts are put away.

Wednesday we rode out to Walmart (8 mile round trip) for the heavy stuff...diet coke and wine. The trip also included a stop at the Sailor's Exchange for a new snubber to replace the rubber bungee used on the bow line that snapped during the storm and a haircut for Doug. Thursday we rode out to the Winn Dixie (4 miles round trip) for canned and dry goods and Friday another trip to Winn Dixie for the perishables. We should be getting thinner from all this exercise, but if we are we don't see it. Maybe at least we are getting to be in better shape.

We've been planning to go to O'Steen's for dinner before we leave St Augustine because of it's reputation with the locals as having the best shrimp in town...better than all of the fancy restaurants across the bridge. We decided we'd better go before we ran out of time...so we decided Tuesday night was the night. The restaurant is only a couple of blocks from the marina so we headed down the street. About half way there we were passed by fire trucks with lights flashing and sirens blaring. We joked that now that we finally got around to going to O'Steen's for dinner the place was on fire...so sure enough the trucks all stopped in front of the restaurant. As it turned out the restaurant wasn't on fire. We aren't really sure why they were there - they didn't seem to be doing anything but standing around. Maybe they were just there to pick up their takeout order. Anyway we "registered" at the window and sat outside on the bench waiting for our table (they don't take reservations). The place was hopping and the food was tasty and we more than filled out monthly quota for fried food as fried seafood is their specialty...mahi-mahi, shrimp, clams and hush puppies with 6 side dishes to boot...and dessert. We sort of waddled home.

Friday we went for a dinghy ride up Hospital Creek (past the giant cross in the Fountain of Youth park) to check out the anchorage there. On the way back we came around the island which put us north of the inlet. We'd remembered from our arrival that there was a shoal in the harbour that you had to go around, so Doug took a wide girth around the island. Once we thought we were out far enough Doug turned and headed across the harbour. Thinking we were past water shallow enough to cause the dinghy problems, I was enjoying the scenery when Doug said to me..."can you see the bott..." Before he finished the word the prop grazed the bottom. We were in water maybe a foot deep...in the middle of the harbour. Doug pulled the outboard up and used an oar to punt us to deeper water. When we were in about 2 feet of water Doug put the outboard down again and away we went. So now I can say I've been "aground" in the ICW.

Friday night we had another nice visit at the St Augustine Yacht Club. We met some nice folks, and talked to a few we'd met the week before...and had some interesting conversations about healthcare...

A few more pictures

26 January 2010 | St Augustine, Florida
A few more pictures have been added to the Florida Photos - 2010 photo album.
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