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Friday, 23 December 2022
CT to FL Day 33
Burnside, GA to Skidaway Island, GA
Forecast for today was for high winds... 25 to 30 knots with gusts to 40 knots... we decided to not move today... however the anchorage we are in is not that protected from winds so we found the closet marina to us.... Delegal Creek Marina on Skidaway Island....about 5.5 nautical miles from us. We weighed anchor and were underway at 0730.

The winds were a steady 30 knots with frequent gusts over 40 knots on our stern and the current was running against us... running at about 5.5 knots... waves were 2 to 4 feet. We had to make a turn to port into Delegal Creek and waves and wind were now on the beam... was a bit hairy for a few minutes until into the creek with some wind break from land on our port side.... still had the winds but no waves.

Docking at the marina was almost hands free... slow down allow wind to drive us to the dock... BANG we hit fairly hard but that was expected with the beam winds at 30 knots...

We arrived to Delegal Creek Marina at approximately 0830 and were secure on the dock with power at 0845... Our location for the night N31°53.390', W081°03.737’. We traveled today for 1 hour covering 5.5 nautical miles averaging 5.5 knots.
Posted at 10:09 AM
Thursday, 22 December 2022
CT to FL Day 32
Fenwick Island, SC to Burnside, GA
I overslept this morning... alarm was set for 0600 and I thought I hit snooze... instead I hit alarm off... woke at 0700... oh well not that bad... Being at anchor getting underway is a little faster than getting off the dock so we were underway at 0730... 20 knot plus winds and rain... YUK!

Winds were forecast to taper off by mid-day... which they did and the rain stopped shortly after we departed...so was not that bad of a day... only needed some sunshine and would of been great!

Coolest thing today was meeting the American Cruise Lines Ship "American Independence" at Skidaway Narrow Bridge on the ICW south of Isle of Hope... it's a big boat or rather ship to meet and pass on a narrow stretch of the ICW.

We arrived to our location for the night at Possum Point on the Vernon River at 1815 and were securely anchored at 1830... N31°55.626', W081°06.774’. We traveled today for 11 hours covering 73.7 nautical miles averaging 6.7 knots.
Posted at 7:14 PM
Wednesday, 21 December 2022
CT to FL Day 31
McClellanville, SC to Fenwick Island, SC
We left McClellanville this morning at 0700... very gloomy and rainy morning... forecast was for rain all day.....

Surprisingly we had very little rain and the sun actually came out a little while just north of Charleston... but it was cold all day... left with temps in the upper 30's and it never got over 40° all day.

Had zero boat traffic today we were cruising all alone... did not even see any boats on AIS...

We arrived to our location for the night at Fenwick Island 1730 and were securely anchored in the Ashepoo River at 1745... N32°32.205', W080°25.224’. We traveled today for 10.75 hours covering 70.8 nautical miles averaging 6.6 knots.
Posted at 6:04 PM
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