Saturday, April 28, 2007

Passage Safely Over

Fernandina Beach, Florida
30 40.5N 81 28.1W

Like all good passages the trip itself was uneventful and then you arrive at a strange port in the dark!

We had a great sail in, only drama was Linda handing over watch to me at 2230, and then 10 minutes later we met a race fleet of 15 boats all on starboard tack so they had right of way, so I spent nearly 2 hours, weaving among them and gybing the boat single handed. She swears it was coincidence!

We didn't fancy the look of the entrance in the dark so hung around for 2 hours for sunrise, then made our way into the St Mary's river and down to Fernandina Beach. We were pretty tired when we arrived so have slept a lot the last 24 hours, but very happy to have a 350 mile passage under our belts in under 48 hours, and even happier to have 27' of water under our keel at low tide!

We will be here for a week or two as there is Cumberland Island to explore and our first visitors arrive. Will Padman is over on business and is coming next weekend in time for the Shrimp Festival, then Josette and Christian arrive for a 2 week holiday with us.For all those showing such interest in my weight gain while at work, pleased to say I have lost 16lbs/7kg already in 1 month of cruising, which hopefully gets me back to weighing less than Roger!

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