Heading South

Sunday, December 6, 2009   St Augustine, FL (29 52.65 -81 18.72)

boat_christmas_eveWe flew back from our visits to Canada (Mary from Winnipeg and me from Toronto) and met up at the Jacksonville airport. Our shuttle was right on time and we got back aboard Sojourn early in the evening.

Saturday, November 14, 2009  Beaufort, SC

Boating_shrimp_boatUp at dawn and through the bridge by 6:45. Cruised through some very nice country, past Hilton Head and into Georgia. Georgia cruising has deeper tides and swifter currents than most of the rest of the ICW.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009  Swansboro, NC

Swansboro_anchorageIt took 3 tries to get anchored in the fast moving current, but once we did, we were treated to a beautiful sunset and a fabulous view of downtown Swansboro. We were one of 3 boats in the anchorage when we started, but there were over 20 by the time things settled down. The current in Swansboro runs at 2 – 3 knots, reversing every 6 hours. I was up a couple of times in the night checking our anchor and the positions of other boats in the anchorage. 

Virginia to the Alligator River

Saturday, October 31, 2009 -Portsmouth, VA


We were off the dock at daybreak. There are 6 bridges in the first few miles. Some are tall enough to go under. Some are ‘usually open’. These are train bridges and most trains move at night. And then there are the ones you have to time because they are closed during rush hour and open on the hour (and some on the half hour) the rest of the day.


Thursday, October 22, 2009    Patuxent River, MD 

We drove back from a successful trip to Toronto - 11 hours door to door. In Toronto, we stayed at our son’s place. Turn about is fair play. What a gracious host.

Sojourn was just as we left her. Safe and sound at Solomons Island.


Monday, October 12, 2009  Turner Creek, MD

Anchored_Turner_CreekThe fishing boats on Turner Creek were up early. Crabs wait for no man.

We took our time leaving the anchorage. Since passage making had ceased and cruising had started, we planned fewer miles each day. Today we were heading south, staying on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake to Kent Narrows.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009  Cape May, New Jersey

“Clickity, clickity, clickety…”

My mouth went dry. My heart pounded and then we exited on the other side of the bridge.


Sunday, October 4, 2009   Leaving New York Harbor


As we continued out of the harbor, the promised west winds had not arrived. In stead, just as we arrived at Sandy Hook, NJ the east wind blew a thick fog in and blanked the area. The hundreds of fishing boats that had dotted the flats off Sandy Hook were now dashing for shelter.


September 30, 2009 - Down the Hudson

MacLeod_Hudson_RiverWe were off the dock at 7 am and were sailing on the Hudson by 7:15 The early morning was a great sail under full main and a #3 Genoa. By lunch the wind had dropped significantly and we furled the #3 but retained the mainsail as we started the engine.


Sunday September 27, 2009  - The end is in sight

boating_erie_canalWe tied up at the Amsterdam River Link Park. When we turned around from Lock 10 and were heading back to Lock 11 for the night, we were hailed on the VHF radio. “Westbound sailboat, we have docking, electricity on the dock, washrooms, showers and a restaurant.” It seems the operator of the café in the park was not against going out to find business. 

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