Brunswick to Fernandina

Georgia is known for its shallow ICW and it lived up to its reputation. We cast off at 9 AM, motored over to the fuel dock and took on 600 gallons. Sticker shock yes, but it will carry us 1200 miles and last us many months. We left the fuel dock at 11 and headed for the ICW west of Jekyll Island. Active Captain warnings of shoal areas are abundant through this stretch of water. The sun was in our eyes the whole way making it difficult to see navigation markers on the outside and difficult to see instruments and read our iPads inside, adding to the stress. We saw 1 foot under the keel at one point. The thin water makes it difficult to enjoy the passing scenery; live oaks, Spanish moss, green marshland, blue water. Thankfully, we didn’t run aground; waiting for mid-tide made all the difference. A boater well ahead of us announced on the VHF that the channel between Jekyll and Cumberland Islands was very rough and to batten down the hatches. Sure enough, we bounced around and took spray over the bow but Tivoli is a rock and plowed through unfazed. We traveled this leg offshore last Spring and didn’t get to see Cumberland Island. It is beautiful; tall white sand dunes, tall pines, wild horses on the beach. What’s not to like? Our friends on Kemo Sabe love the place and we can see why. Next time through we will have to stop and anchor out, walk the beach, enjoy the pristine park. Navigation on this leg can get tricky; confusing markers abound in St. Mary’s where the ICW meets the submarine base at Kings Point. We planned to stop at Fernandina Beach for the evening and arrived around 3:30. Parked behind a small cruise ship; it blocked the wind and waves but the wall of windows on the stern gave the boat’s restaurant goers a bird’s eye view of little Tivoli. A short 35 mile day but its a convenient stop and a short 2 block walk to an excellent Italian restaurant, Ciao.


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