Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 16, 2012.

After 2 days of eating wonderful bargain priced pizza and swilling 2 for 1 beers it was time to leave Saint Augustine.
(work disclaimer)We weren't dragging our feet, we were just pausing for a weather window. The wind has been honking out of the east northeast so on Saturday morning when we pulled the hook we found the inlet impassible. There were 2 sailboats on the outside and they couldn't get in while we couldn't get out.

Rather than sit and hope for a better tomorrow we headed up the ICW to Jacksonville. Conditions there were still dangerous so we found a quite anchorage to drop the hook in. We ended up right in front of an old plantation on the Fort George River. The plantation is now a part of the park system so after dark we had the place to ourselves. Except for the ghosts.

We were just going to bed and Christy glanced out the port and exclaimed “look at those windows!” Up on the second floor of the deserted building the lights were flickering on and off. Full bright fading to black and then back on. Then fading almost out before coming back halfway, then out or full on. Whatever. It was totally random and quite otherworldly and considering the locale a little freaky. Alright, very freaky. But we were tired so we donned garlic necklaces and went to bed.

At 0630 we were out of there and riding the current down and out of Jacksonville. The last 200 meters of the inlet was quite lively and once we turned north the sailing was exactly what we both signed up for. For four hours.

The 3 foot rollers coming under the beam went unnoticed while we had 15 to 18 knots in the sails. But after 4 hours the wind started to fade, dramatically. I spent 5 hours trying different sail sizes and combinations to no avail. Finally with the wind down to 4 knots and us with a boat speed of 1.8 knots we started the engine at 1600 hours. The 3 foot swell never went away so any sail just tried to flog itself to death. Even the Boat Pole of Speed© was no help.

At noon on Monday we rode the tide into Charleston. Since it was so early and we're trying to make tracks north (brown nosing for work) we turned up the ICW and kept going. We got a terrific push from the tide and we put another 50 miles behind us on the ICW and we finally dropped the hook just before sunset and killed the engine after 27 hours.


Chip Estabrooks M/V Scout said...

The population of this country is 273 million.

140 million are retired.

That leaves 133 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work.

Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the armed forces (thanks to you guys). Which leaves 16.2 million to do the work.

Take from that total the 14,800,000people who work for state and city governments, and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.

That leaves just two people to do the work. You and me. And there you are sitting, at your computer, reading jokes.

Nice, real nice.

Sabrina and Tom said...

Two for one beers and cheap pizza? Do tell?


S/V Veranda said...

Chip, I should be taking up some of the slack by Monday

S&T Pizza Alley on St Georges Street has 2 for 1 beer or wine from 3 to 6 on weekdays. You get a free slice of pie with you first 2 drinks.