We left Amelia Island on Monday debating whether we should go outside or continue up the ICW. The last person we talked to was Patty from "Knot Dreaming," who said they always go outside. Just clear the North Jetty Buoy at the end of the inlet and head north. So we did. Pam had a "sell the boat" moment as we crashed through the huge waves in the inlet. We think they are caused when the big ocean waves "wash up" in the inlet and they are made worse if the tide is going against the wind. Anyway - we stuck the nose in the troughs for about 20 minutes before we finally got the sails up and things smoothed out.
We had a good sail all the way - but the depths were a little disconcerting. A couple of times we only had a foot or two below the keel and once we had to change course to avoid some obvious shoals. Made it into the Brunswick cut and under the bridge (our 53rd) in about 8 hours. Tied up with help from the marina staff at Dock 15 at Brunswick Landing Marina and started to get the Blue Pearl ready to leave.
Pam remarks that this isn't like trips on our little boat where we could hardly wait to get home to shower and get comfortable. The "Blue Pearl" is very comfortable and has become our second home... our summer cottage. The heat has been oppressive but when we come back in January we think it will be incredible.