FL to CT Day 10
St. Augustine, FL to Jacksonville, FL
Had a very windy night on the mooring ball in St. Augustine… SE winds steady over 20 knots with gusts to 30 knots… made the dinghy ride to shore for Beecha a bit wet. The mooring ball held strong all night… it did calm down a bit a few times in the early hours of the morning but for the most part was really whipping up… 2 foot waves in the mooring field.
We had hoped to get to Fernandina today but calling them yesterday we were informed that they were full up and no space for us until Sunday when we had reservations… maybe Saturday but unlikely… they did not even have a mooring ball available. With the winds like they were last night and same forecast for tonight we did not want to be on the hook. We decided to try a new location… the Jacksonville City Docks on Sisters Creek… publications state they are FREE for 72 hours… so, we can hang out here until Sunday morning and then shoot up to Fernandina Beach… only takes a couple hours to get there from here… maybe 3 hours at most depending on current.
We left St. Augustine at approximately 0930… this was about 45 minutes before high tide… we did have current against for a few minutes as we approached the inlet but once we made the turn to port heading north up the ICW we got an instant boost of speed… well not instant… nothing is instant with “Sails”. Soon we were going over 8 knots and several times during the day we hit over 9 knots… 9.5 was the fastest I noticed… but we were never under 7 knots unless slowing down intentionally for small boats or no wake zones.
Very little boat traffic today… couple of small fishing boats and one sport fish passed us… other than that we were alone.
We finally lost our boost from the current when we reached the St. Johns River… then we had the current on our bow against us… but we only had just over a mile to go before we would be stopping for the day at the Jacksonville City Docks.
We passed under the Sisters Creek Bridge and another 1/8 of mile and we turned to port to find the docks… very very nice concrete floating docks right located right on a park. We will mark this spot down for future trips.
Our location for the evening…. N30°23.893’, W081°27.504’. We traveled for 4.5 hours covering 34.1 nm averaging 7.6 knots.