Green Cove Springs Marina

2 May

This is just a bit of catch up – that I forgot to post in our haste to catch our flight!

We set off early Sunday from Jacksonville for Green Cove Springs Marina, but it was not to be. The wind, tidal current and river current were all on the nose and building. We bashed away for 3 hours but were making less than 3 knots and it was deteriorating. We decided to turn back to the Landing in Jacksonville. I heard the word ‘ketch’ on channel 16 and thought – is someone calling us? It was a Kiwi on a Nonsuch who had run out of fuel and with no sails on wanted to buy fuel. He dinghied over and we gave him a jerry can. He was headed for Green Cove Springs Marina. Back at the landing the wind howled and it poured rain with lots of thunder and lightning. We met another couple headed for Green Cove on a lovely Dutch built sloop. Later in the day it cleared and we went for a walk along the entire riverside walk, a beautiful evening. The next day we set off at 0705 and got the most favourable part of the day, arriving about 1030 – much better!

The entire time at Green Cove Springs Marina was freezing cold, full warm gear and furnace on. We cleaned and stored and prepped boat for hauling for a month storage. Tuesday evening we had dinner with the couple aboard their Dutch boat and the Kiwi, Simon joined us. Wednesday was hauling day but still blowing so hard we couldn’t get off the dock first thing. Winds abated enough to bounce along the pier and be hauled about midday. They have a travel lift and then transfer the boat over to a really nice hydraulic trailer to move it to storage – we went to the “Canada” yard. We spent the afternoon putting her to bed including putting on “shade cover” a black net-like fabric that really works. Exhausted we gratefully got our ride to the airport hotel with Baron, barely  managed to stay awake long enough to eat and shower before falling into bed.

It was an early start but nice as we just went via Newark and then to Halifax  by late morning. ….
I’ll be back blogging once we return to Gypsy in May.

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