Thursday April 16 anchored in ICW at MP 991

Written by Jack van Ommen on April 16th, 2009

With the late start, this morning, at 10.30, from Palm Beach and waiting for about 6 bridge openings I pulled into an anchorage off Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, at 3.30 p.m.  I could have gone another 10/15 miles till sundown but the next stretch is very exposed and runs very close to the Atlantic with just a narrow strip of sand dunes. 

I caught Herb on the South Bound II net and I plan to head out of Ft. Pierce, about 20 miles further North from here, sail all night and then try make it as far as Jacksonville by Sunday morning, about 175 mautical miles from Ft.Pierce. Or if the cold front, with the expected Northerlies moves i n earlier, go into Cape Caneveral (60 miles from Ft. Pierce), Ponce de Leon ( 100 miles) or St. Augustine (150 miles). The winds were straight boutof the N.N.E. and wouldmhave been right on the nose if I would have tried sail outside. They are supposed to go more East late to-morrow/Saturday. The ICW without an auto pilot gets really boring, hand steering. But the landscape is very attractive. An endless summer, every one having a good time on or near the water.


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