Conditions: Sunny and clouds, windy, cool then warm then hot. Winds SSE 10- 15 mph, ICW calm, 2-4 foot swells crossing St Andrews.
Distance traveled: 103 statute miles
Time underway: 10 hours 17 minutes
Average Speed: 9 kts
Max Speed: 17.4 kts
Fuel used: 100 gallons
This leg was the beginning of a new phase on this trip as we were happy to welcome our dear friend, Captain Sean. We met Sean at Stock Island Marina in Key West last year where he was the Captain of the sailing yacht commissioned by General George Patton, the When And If. Sean was with the boat while we were down there again this year and when we all figured out that the beginning of the time he was planning to take off this spring coincided with our adventure up the ICW, something he’s never done before, we all decided it would be great to have him aboard with us for a couple of weeks (besides, Jasper loves him). You’ll also be seeing some of his great photos in these entries. Welcome aboard Sean!
It was a beautiful, misty morning in St. Augustine when we shoved off from the marina at 6:50 am. We witnessed a gorgeous sunrise and believe we saw a big Eagle Ray at play shortly after our departure to send us on our way for the day.
We were initially unsure of how to handle this leg of our trip. The next logical stop for us would have been Fernandina which, unfortunately, had its marina destroyed in a storm a few years ago and the repairs have not yet been completed. We had considered anchoring in the area but got mixed reports on our ability to land our tender at a dock for Jasper. We decided that we would continue north and push into Jekyll Island in Georgia. This is a section of the trip we have always done offshore because of a number of known problem areas on the ICW but the conditions in the ocean were well beyond our tolerance levels. So we did our homework and were excited for a new adventure into new waters for us. It was also a big day in that we were crossing our first state line of this journey.
While we started out the day bucking the current, we ended up with a favorable current for most of the day. Technically speaking for those who care, we were seeing 10 knots at less than 1,000 RPM’s on our engines as we entered Cumberland Sound in Georgia and, on average, saw better than 1 mpg for the day. Not bad for a sixty footer.
We negotiated the various problem areas without issue thanks to the vast amount of crowd-sourced knowledge available to us. Sean quickly and easily settled into being our sounding board, pouring over all the info as we went along. One of the notorious spots is Jekyll Creek, just north of the marina where we had made a reservation. It’s an area only to be traveled by deeper draft boats near or at high tide. Because we would be arriving at high tide we realized it made more sense to push through, rather than have to wait until late the next day to be able to leave. Once we confirmed there was a spot for us in St Simons, the next logical stop, we decided to press on to Morningstar Marina Golden Isles.
More tides to play and decisions on our next destination to be made, but we’ll continue along the ICW through Georgia.
See you out there…
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