Saturday, April 10, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
~Fernandina Beach FL - I am about to jum p ship - another nice cruising surprise as Talisman picked up the mooring next to us last night - Roger and Kathy and their dog Pepper - Just went to T Ray's for breakfast - for those of you who don't know T Ray's it's a once in a life time experience - Their t shirt says"eat here get gas " . Ray used to own ( well still does ) the Exxon station - said he had to do something with all the oil when they closed the gas station so he opened the dinner. I'll get photos up later - it looks like they stopped pumping gas one day and started serving food the next - a real kick !!
Off to Greensboro,NC to see my college friends Bob & Lyn Houghton, then to Richmond to see sailing friends then to brother Charlies then home. Don isn't good at blogging and his computer has dies - i'll keep it up when i get home to track his progress. We went to the ocean beach here yesterday and looked out at a gorgeous flat ocean with 10 knot east wind - ahhhhh why couldn't that have been a sailing day for us??
Friday, April 2, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
We are looking for a crew member to help Don take our Westsail from Fernandina Beach, FL ( St Mary's GA area to either Beaufort or all the way to our final destination of Deltaville. I have to go back to Maine to work so had planned to jump ship. WE have one crew and would like one more for a total of 3. Experience off shore preferred, not totally necessary - This is more like a couple of weeks commitment than a couple of days. We will pay expenses. Interested? Send us an email to:email@example.com
Friday, March 26, 2010
We had an exciting night last night - a cold front blew through at 11:30 at 40 miles per hour. We are on anchor amongst 25 boats - the holding here has a reputation for not being that great - it's worth it because we have access to St Augustine. (There is a lot of current here - in fact we struggled a little when we anchored and the ind was blowing 15 - 20 against the current - the boat settled in and the wind had died at dinner time.) Now our boat was bucking like a bronc - we sleep forward in the V berth so woke up with he first of the storm. Don got up and stayed up to watch and be sure we didn't drag or the boats around us.The top wind Don saw was 38 - that is not fun - quite frightening in fact though had we dragged we would have had to do what one person in the anchorage had to do - go out in the storm and drive the boat into the wind the best you can. That where a an enclosure would be really great.
Don's favorite meal to eat out is breakfast and I desperately needed a shower so off we went to land - had a wonderful omelet at the Greek restaurant, showered ( luxuriated actually ) We try to take sailors showers ( short ) but the St Augustine marina has real water pressure - ahhhh.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
777.8~ St Augustine - WE had a great evening in Daytona with Sami and Barry - cocktails on their boat and then dinner at Carribean Jacks across the river. We lef tour dingy up - Barry was generous enough to dingy us all with their tender as they are dragging theirs. Great conversation about sailing, where we all came from , where we are all going ( who knows?) . Nice to be with folks who are enjoying the beauty and challenges of the ICW. It's not just the ditch that some who have never done this think it is. We have lots of challenges with water depths, navigation - we cross sounds, go up wide rivers, narrow rivers, into creeks, into historic little towns. It's a challenge that takes patience and concentration. on our boat we are out in the weather as well. It can be cold or occasionally very hot. We had a long day from Daytona - we left at 7:30 and had to dilly dally as low tide a the Matanzas inlet was at noon. That is the spot to go aground this year.As the other boats that anchored in Daytona caught up with us we all chatted we were puttering along palm Coast - had turned off our engine and had the jib out. Ahhhh....love that quiet. We let the 5 sailboats and 2 trwalers go by - after much chat about tide they slowed down as well. Ever After caught up as well and stayed caboose. We got a call back on the radio from someone who was ahead of our 7 boats - he hit the inlet at dead low and gave us the instructions to go through. We had to ignore the channel markers and go within 50 feet of the shore to keep enough water to get through. It was very distracting as Tow Boat was right there trying to tow of yet another boat that was in the middle of the marked channel and went aground. The first boat just krept along and we all tried our best to follow his path. Ever After was just far enough behind to see the lead boat's line - and ran aground - soft though because he was barely moving. They were able to back off - phew ! The only good news would have been that they would not have had to wait for the tow boat !
After we got through - we powered up and as if in celebration this dolphin came along side and swam with us for 20 minutes. Every time I thought he had gone because it had been too long in between his breaches - up he would pop spraying us and getting Tiller really excited.Tiller would get up on the rail and then when the dolphin popped up he would flatten his ears and his body down while still trying to dare to peek at the dolphin. This was so much fun and the wind had cranked up that we didn't notice for a little while that we were being followed by a pirate ! This guy must have come out of the anchorage at the fort and saw our Maine hailing port. he cranked up his outboard and caught us at an opening bridge we had to slow down for. He started his trip in Sioux City, Iowa and is on his way to Brooklin , Maine. yes it that boat. holly cow - all types - see that blue flag he is flying - that's the Maine state flag ! Click on the first picture to make it bigger to get a perspective of how this guy is a little exposed to the elements. Our boat is 22,000 lbs and regularly rocked by motor boats passing by - we just can't imagine this young guys bravado or .....