November 3, 2009
Anchored off St. Augustine, FL
Oh so much to add here . . . but I will start with pictures, so those so inclined can skip my words!
We sailed offshore from Beaufort, SC (out the Port Royal inlet, just north of Hilton Head island) for a fast passage south to the St. Mary’s River. Tides and currents prevented us from going to Jacksonville’s inlet, so we arrived in the dark and were anchored in Fernandina Beach by 6 am. Up an moving again by 10!
This picture to the left (I hope) is of the sunset off the Georgia coast – a reward for going offshore (though the full moon and great wind made it a very peaceful and enjoyable passage!)
Before I forget . . . thanks to so many who have posted suggestions and sent “go see this” our way. We will start posting our possible plans (because cruiser plans are set in mud, don’t you know – weather and wind dependent!) because these ideas are painful to read about when we are long past! So . . . we should be in St. Augustine for the day tomorrow, then wind our way down to Marc’s place in Melbourne by Sunday at the latest. Likely we will stay put there for 3 or 4 days, reprovisioning for the Bahamas and sightseeing, then head south from there to look for a weather window to cross the Gulf Stream. Our hope is that we will be able to head east to West End, Grand Bahama, from Lake Worth Inlet (so right now we are not planning to go to Lauderdale or Miami!) Any ideas of where to go or who to stop and meet are much appreciated . . . and we will keep these already made for when we are headed north again in the spring.
St. Augustine is a really cool city, and the municipal marina makes it extremely easy to enjoy as well. We are anchored out (looking forward to getting south away from these crazy tides and currents!) but the dinghy dock is close by, people are friendly, the dinghy dockage fee includes showers (beautiful, hot water plentiful showers) as well as trash disposal, and there is a free pumpout dock. Plus the dolphins fish the tides and seem to know people are watching them. An aquarium show never looked this good.
Made our budget for the month of October. Will post details when I have them entered into the computer. Sending lots of hugs to all we know . . . and raising a glass to those we have yet to meet!