First Times - November 9, 2009
The wind is calm. The waves, all 6” of them, flow past Reboot quietly. The anchor rode hangs down from the bow. It is dusk, and everything is quiet. Quiet is strange. Sailboats are always making noises. The slap of the waves against the hull; The sound of the wind thru the rigging; Pumps, refrigerator, radios, there always seems to be some noise. It is so quiet that I can hear the propane flowing out of the stove as it heats water for my dinner.
Why is this remarkable? For the last 48 hours I have been stressed out waiting to see if Hurricane Ida would chose to take all of my possessions. I have been checking the weather, conversing with other sailors, getting Reboot ready for strong winds and high seas.
One thing was certain. I could not stay at Mulberry Cove Marine, Naval Air Station Jacksonville. I have been docked on the face dock, a location for transients and also the only place deep enough for Reboot. With a 22 mile fetch the face dock is not a place to be with heavy winds from the South quadrant. Boats are picked up and deposited on top of the dock by the storm surge. I knew this to be true as I had met a couple in NOB
One option was to move to another marina. It would be an expensive and not necessarily a good solution. None of the local marinas are particularly well protected. In a slip one runs the risk of damage from the marina itself. The second option, and the one I chose, was to anchor on the southeast side of the
I have been sailing since my early teens. I have been racing Reboot for years. I have anchored out numerous times on my way down from
Here I sit. Ida is dissipating over land. Reboot has bounced me around, strained on her anchor rode, heeled in the strong winds and stronger gusts. More strong winds are forecast for tomorrow. Yet I am much more relaxed. Reboot and I have been there, done that before. We have checked off the box at anchor, 30 – 35 gusts to 45. We know we can do it again.