We once again got up very early in order to leave at first light in order to take maximum advantage of the tide. It was initially against us on the St Mary's River, but once we passed the inlet, the incoming tide was behind us and gave us a boost to 8.1 kts speed over ground! At this kind of current, there are all kinds of swirls, eddys, and side currents, and constant manual steering is required. A few moments of inattention is all that's required to have the boat going in a completely different direction than you intended!
We passed by the closed Fernandina Beach Marina, and saw large plastic tapes strung across the face dock's pilings, with messages printed on them: "MARINA CLOSED", "FUEL DOCK CLOSED", "MOORINGS CLOSED". There were also about a half dozen sailboats beached on the shores, and a pair of wooden masts from a sunken ketch sticking up in the middle of the mooring field. Very sad.
An interesting thing happened about now, but we weren't made aware of it until later. It turns out that one of my college buddies has been tracking us using the Marine Traffic web site that we send our position reports to, and he managed to use them to find out when we passed within range of a webcam on the Fernandina Hampton Inn, and got two pictures of us passing by! Although grainy and low resoultion, you can resolve our distinctive black mast, the solar panels and wind generator above the stern, and even the dinghy stored on deck next to the mast!
|Dolce Vita Caught on Webcam|
Once again, as the sun climbed in the sky, things warmed up and we began to peel layers off until down to shortsleeves. It's nice to be warm! :)
Along the way we encountered more dolphins, including one group of three the appeared to be a a family group, and a huge flock of white pelicans.
|A Pod of Three Dolphins|
|Large Flock of White Pelicans|
Tomorrow, we leave for St. Augustine.