Rode Trip cast off the dock lines from the Hinckley Boatyard, bound for Thanksgiving. Strong north winds were forecasted with accompanying cold temperatures and spotty rain showers. We would not travel offshore with that prediction, but were thankful for the ability to access the Intracoastal Waterway which would enable us to continue southward despite the foul weather. Oh, those north winds did blow! We set the jib and were able to sail along the Intracoastal route having traveled 103.9 nm (2 and 1/4 days) having used only 3 engine hours. What fun to sail the winding streams; with each twist and turn a jibe would result in either an upwind or downwind stretch. Passers-by actually photographed us! Had they never seen a sail boat sailing? Inside the Intracoastal there were no waves to slow our progress or knock us. The sailing was smooth and fast! Rode Trip blazed across open sounds. At one point, we were sailing with the jib and a double-reefed main sail and we passed by two other sailing boats, one larger and one smaller each flying sheeted-in jibs. Whee hoo! Take that from an ‘ol “wet-snail!” Shortly thereafter we dropped the main, but the thrill of our imaginary race urged us onward despite gusting winds and impending rain. Brian kept a close watch on the depth sounder as our only concern was running aground under sail. We had no issues with depth. Each night we dropped the hook we were exhausted but felt spectacular!
We’d returned to the memorable Cumberland Island, Georgia and thanks to our speedy travel were able to spend a few days enjoying the beauty and wildlife. We first anchored at the north end of the island on the Brickhill River – this river branches off the Cumberland River ICW route. Here, you can dinghy to the dock at Plum Orchard for access to the historical Carnegie winter vacation home as well as access to several hiking trails. The northern end of Cumberland is less popular, therefore less people and more animals!
The south end of Cumberland is frequented by passing cruisers. Here, you can dinghy to the ferry dock at Sea Camp for access to several hiking trails, the ruins of Carnegie winter vacation home Dungeness, a short walk to the beach, and silt piles (no longer top secret) worth sifting in search of shark teeth.
Brian and I had a fabulous walk along the beach, through the forest, and paused at the silt piles to find three shark teeth. We spent time getting acquainted with two of our anchored neighbors, s/v Sea Bird and s/v C-Spirit. A most enjoyable day! Our respite at Cumberland Island had charged our energy for the coming holiday.
We departed, continuing south, and brought Rode Trip to her safe-keeping location so that we could travel for Thanksgiving. This year we’d spend Turkey Day feasting in the hills of San Francisco with the Grandjeans. It was a marvelous holiday and we have many, many reasons to be Thankful this year!