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Monday, 8 December 2014
CT to FL Day 28
Palm Coast, FL to New Smyrna Beach, FL
Not having far to go today we made an attempt to sleep in and no alarms set. Didn't work and we were both wide awake at 0500. The weather was total crap outside. Raining and very windy. I go up and checked the wind gauge and it was reading 25 knots and gusting to 30 knots and we were in a protected basin. YUCKY DAY!

In spite of the weather we departed at 0900 bound for New Smyrna Beach. I had to roll SAILS off the dock against a piling and back out with north wind forcing against the dock. The winds did whip up the ICW a bit producing 2-3 waves in some areas but nothing worse. The biggest thing I saw was the wind was making the tide a couple of feet higher than normal and we had to request an opening for the Main Street and Memorial bridges in Daytona. Normally, we can drop the antennas and mast and slip under these but today there was no slipping under them.

Had some boat traffic today pass us heading south.... Two large 100 foot plus motor yachts one with a Miami hailing port and the other Fort Lauderdale.... One from Miami was a jerk and waked us big time as he passed... Fort Lauderdale boat was very courteous and slipped by without rocking us.

We arrived to our destination in New Smyrna Beach at 1445 at N29°01.527', W080°55.154'. We traveled today for 5.75 hours covering 40 nautical miles averaging 7.0 knots.
Posted at 3:32 PM
Sunday, 7 December 2014
CT to FL Day 27
Jacksonville, FL to Palm Coast, FL
We departed from Jacksonville, FL at 0645.... NO FOG!!!! and headed south down Sister's Creek toward the St. John's River. The current was running very strong against us. We crossed the St. John's River crabbing at about 30 degrees to maintain a straight path due to the strong flood current. Soon as we were across the river the current was with us and we were soon running along at over 9 knots. Speed and no fog.... it was a great start to the day!

Nothing out of the ordinary today.... no boat traffic.... weather was not great and never saw the sun but NO FOG! After 4 days of running in dense fog this was awesome!

Destination for the day was Palm Coast and docking at Lowe's house. We arrived on a good day as well being able to attend a Christmas Party at the Blake's home allowing us to see a lot of our Palm Coast friends. Staying just for one night in Palm Coast it's hard to get to see everyone we know here.... but with the party it all came together and we had a great time.

Anyway, we arrived at 1530 and were docked at N29°35.679', W081°12.338'. We traveled today for 8.5 hours covering 55.2 nautical miles averaging 6.7 knots.
Posted at 3:30 PM
Saturday, 6 December 2014
CT to FL Day 26
St. Simons Island, GA to Jacksonville, FL
It was pea soup fog again this morning so we hung out at St. Simon for a few hours in hopes that the fog would lift. Finally at 1000 with the fog even thicker we decided to depart and continue south. Fog did lift by late afternoon to about a mile visibility which was nice compared to the 100 feet past the bow of the boat.

Leaving later than we had anticipated made us arrive to our destination hour and a half after sunset. But it was not long before this huge orange full moon rose over the saw grass to our east. It was beautiful. We tried taking photos with our phones but they do not do well at night. This photo was taken after we had docked and was the best of the dozen or so attempts.

We arrived to our destination in Jacksonville just before the Sister's Creek Bridge and were securely docked at 1830. Our location for the night N30°23.889', W081°27.499'. We traveled today for 8.5 hours covering 54 nautical miles averaging 6.4 knots.
Posted at 7:38 PM
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