In to Fernandina

This day began at 6 but we didn't have enough light to leave the dock until 7. It was actively raining and the cloud cover was thick and dark.

We waved as we passed the St. Augustine lighthouse.....

It was very slow going for the first hour or two. We were opposing a 3 knot current. Chug....chug....chug

Visibility remained poor for the first few hours but it did improve as the sun got higher.  The rain lightened up some but hung on most of the day. It was definitely a pilothouse day.

We passed this big turkey along the way..... He wasn't very friendly though. He wouldn't wave back at us.

As I said, the clouds started thinning, the rain slackened and soon stopped. But then the wind picked up and it got much colder. The temps went from around 78 to 64. We could feel the cold front heading our way.

Enjoying the wide straight channels, many of the sailors took advantage of the strengthening winds.....

Crossing the St John's river is a very short hop but the presence of commerical vessels is evident in all directions....

This guy was just using a spinnaker and no sails. It sure was pretty!

Here we are approaching the long face dock of Fernandina Harbor Marina where we will put in for the night. We are to go in right behind that big gold yacht at the far end of the dock. It looks like we have beaten most peopole in today as it is only about 2:30 in the afternoon.

 More tomorrow.....