For those of you paying attention, Rode Trip and her crew are all A-OK!
And for those of you who know your geography, Savannah, Georgia is NOT the Abacos, Bahamas! This was further clarified by this morning’s view.
Approximately 200nm into our trek we were becalmed; this was forecasted and we had planned to motor through. Upon checking the engine oil prior to firing up the Perkins, Brian discovered a significant amount of diesel fuel in the oil. In short, we had an engine issue that was not about to be solved at sea and we turned back toward the coast. It seems for the second year in a row we were unable to break free from the extreme gravitational pull toward Georgia. I don’t know what the attraction is and I can tell you that St. Mary’s was not in the running as a stopping point this time ’round. But here we are plodding down the Intracoastal Waterway. We’ve contacted the OCC Port Officer here in Savannah for some brainstorming and recommendations. Rode Trip is on her way to the Hinckley Marina in Thunderbolt, GA where the Perkins will get a thorough inspection and repair as needed. Meanwhile… we’re making the most of our new destination and I’ll roll out the full details of what has been an extraordinary ocean passage!