Day 12 – Thursday, September 17, 2015

OUT TO SEA ALL DAY

The winds and waves increased as the day went on and I continued to adjust the sails, eventually taking down the jib entirely. With the waves coming from the north, and the wind had now changed from the east, it became increasing harder to keep our heading and enjoy a comfortable ride. The boat was kind of corkscrewing down the waves. By nightfall we decided to alter course and head for Fernandina Beach, about 60 miles north of St Augustine, and the first inlet in you come to in Florida.

We were now going directly downwind and could ride the waves a little better on this heading. It rained off and on all night, and the waves had increased to 4-7 feet, with some 10 footers. The wind was a steady 25 knots, or it was until the anemometer stopped working. Something else to fix when we get to port.  

Not much to photograph offshore. We did see a lot of dolphins. One jumped completely over the bow, while another kept doing back flops on our starboard side. I guess they thought these people need a show if they are crazy enough to be out here. The deck of the boat was also littered with flying fish, who met their demise crashing into the sail or some other part of the boat during the night.

sidewave
Rolling with the waves

it didn't rain all day, but looked like this the whole time
it didn’t rain all day, but looked like this the whole time

24 hours at sea, from Southport to the blue star
24 hours at sea, from Southport to the blue star, about 180 miles.

flying fish
flying fish


riding down a big one
riding down a big one

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