I left Southport, NC on what appeared to be a tight weather window and headed for the St. Mary's River on the Georgia Florida border. The forecast was for 15 to 20 knot winds from the North and 3 to 5 foot waves. I got the waves. It was a good thing that I had fueled Reboot before I left because the winds were from 0 to 20 knots, mostly 0 knots. I motored about 85% of the time.
As I went into the St. Mary's River the wind had already started to shift to the East and then the South. I stopped at Fernandina Beach for fuel. I was greatly tempted to rent a mooring ball for the night - get a shower, do the laundry, etc. But I decided to press on to Jacksonville. The wind had shifted to the South so the entire trip down the ICW was with 15 to 20 knots of wind in my face. At least I did not go outside and have to deal with the confused seas.
Once again I arrived just in time to not be able to go under the Main Street Bridge so I hung out at the dock by the football stadium until "bridge hours" expired. I then brought Reboot into the Landing for the night. Tomorrow I will continue up (or down, the St. Johns is one of two rivers in the US that flow South to North) to NAS JAX.
Fair winds and following seas.
Monday, December 19, 2011
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Glad to hear you are on the way and soon to enjoy warmer weather.
Maggie and Branko