Thursday, April 16, 2009
Back to the "Middle of No Where"
Got to be flexible.. The weather forecast was for small craft advisory beginning at 3pm today and a lake wind advisory beginning at 11am. I thought we could make it across St Andrews sound before either event.
Well it didn’t happen. I knew we would have an adverse current at the start of the trip but it should get better. It didn’t. It wasn’t terrible but we were in the low 5s at the beginning. The wind was under 17 but on the nose. All was proceeding then near R60 where the Brickhill River empties into the ICW we bounced on the bottom a couple of times. No warning just 10 feet then 5 feet. Once you feel that sudden deceleration it just keeps coming at you for awhile. Almost simultaneously the wind piped up to 25 – 27 kts. Speed over ground dropped to 3.1 – 3.3 kts and the waves began to build and we were not even in the St Andrews Sound. It was uncomfortable. I checked the charts and we were about 2.5 miles from the mouth of Brickhill River which has an excellent sheltered anchorage area. We made for it. Once in it was like someone switched a switch off on the wind and waves. It was comfortable. I hailed some of the boats behind us but they plugged on – we went in and relaxed by 11:30am. Tomorrow we will try again to get across. We are just 20 miles from Golden Isle Marina now.
Unfortunately I have delivered Karen back to “in the middle of nowhere”. This is Cumberland Island and there is nothing but beautiful landscape/marsh scapes here. Some wild horses too. Here is where we stay for tonight.
The anchorage is sheltered by trees from the NE wind which is blowing in the 30s but less than 20 in here. Holding is good and just a ripple on the water. Not bad except for not being able to make the marina and grocery store today. Hopefully tomorrow but if it does not lay down tonight then we will be here again tomorrow.
Be sure to check the satellite view of our position report today and you will see – we are in the middle of nowhere.
I posted a picture of the waterway but they never do justice to how wild it can really get.