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sailing and diving around the world
We departed Charleston at 12 noon, and arrived today, at the Municipal Dock, in St. Augustine, at 1:45pm. This time, we decided to not take the ICW, and opted instead to head out into the Atlantic. It was a little rougher, to say the least, but a lot faster. It was a total of 180 nautical miles. The ICW is really nice, and easy, mostly, but it's always great to get some blue water time. We got back into the ICW through St. John's River, passing the Mayport Navy Base, and then traveled along the ICW to get to St. Augustine. Other ICW travelers that I know have joked about getting 'blown out of the water' by the Coast Guard, if your boat gets too close to the base. Apparently you're supposed to stay at least 500 yards away. We got off the yacht, on the bank opposite to the base, and pulled the boat along the shore, with bow and stern lines :):)
There was only one exciting thing that happened during the overnight passage. It was an unusual convergence of vessels, that I'd never seen before. I was following our course line, and came up came up to a vessel that was crossing our bow, from our starboard, and at the same time, there was a vessel coming across our port bow. I had to slow down, contact the Captain of the vessel on the right and let him know that I was slowing down to pass behind him. Once I was past him, I had to turn back to port and pass behind the other vessel. A little bit of excitement to keep me on my toes. I took a picture of the screen, showing were the two vessels crossed ahead of me.