Summer Cruising

Several people have urged me to to start posting again.  I really appreciate the encouragement and the kind words.  

I stayed home this past winter, I wanted to catch up on land based projects and spend time with Linda.  I’m preparing to head south again around the end of September.   Definitely Florida,  probably the Bahamas and possibly Hispaniola or further south.  I’m scrambling to get myself and Skylark ready.  

Anyway….. Linda and I spent two weeks cruising Long Island Sound and anchored overnight behind the Statue of Liberty.  We had a lot of fun but didn’t get very far East as the weather was mostly unfavorable.   We spent some time in Port Washington which is such a wonderful and friendly town for cruising.  

Ms Liberty from the harbor
Port Washington

October 2016 sailing the Chesapeake

In October I went cruising the Chesapeake with my friend Rob on his boat Shearwater.  

I met Rob in Ocean City, MD while I was fixing Skylark.  Rob helped me bring Skylark to Norfolk in December 2015 (See Ocean City to Norfolk) and then in April 2016 we sailed from West Palm Beach to Morehead City, about 550 NM.  I’ll post another article about that trip.

Rob keeps Shearwater docked in the northern Chesapeake.  It’s none too deep there to begin with and the day we were scheduled to leave the wind was blowing so hard from the north that the water level in the  northern bay was too low to sail Shearwater which draws four feet, same as Skylark.  So we went to the Annapolis boat show instead.  We bought electronic flares that look just like the guy in the picture.

St Augustine

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St Augustine bridge of Lions.

I did an overnight solo trip from Savannah to St Augustine last night.  I was hoping to catch the north wind from the last frontal system but it was just too cold.  33 degrees, 25 knot wind, following seas and single handing didn’t sound like a good idea.  There was pretty much no wind for the whole trip so it was 26 hours of uneventful motoring in mostly flat seas.

 

After a cold night I was treated to a beautiful sunrise, and when I looked over the side I saw a pod of dolphins swimming alongside Skylark.   They swam with us for a long while, graceful and looking like they were enjoying it as much as i was, then they veered off and swam away.

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Bridge near Savannah.

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I left Skylark in Savannah to go visit Linda in Sunny Florida.

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Got a root canal 🙂

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Ďrove around on A1A.  Always wanted to do that.  Like a Jimmy Buffet song.

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Florida parking lot wildlife.

Almost Savannah

Anchored tonight at mile 554 in Skull creek.  Actually sailed most of the day today , tacking down a wide river after leaving an anchorage at factory creek before dawn so as to make a bridge opening before 7 am.  If I didn’t make it before 7 I’d need to wait until 9.  Ends up I could have slept in since as soon as I stopped for fuel around 8 am a thick fog decended and I sat at the fuel dock for two hours waiting for it to clear.

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I wish I could remember where this was taken.

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Sailing!

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Anyone know what this is?  Looks like those candies we used to get.

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Sunrise over the South Edisto river

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A thatched boat.  I think they were duck hunting.

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Charleston harbor.

Georgetown

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I saw this in one of the inlets I passed.

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Anchored in Cow House creek.

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Unrelated graffiti.

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One of many ICW bridges.

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The area was blanketed by dense fog all Xmas morning. Hope Santa made it through.

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South of Georgetown.

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In the same canal.

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Miss Ellie is a floating swing bridge.