Left our mooring in Jacksonville at 1135 on the 28th and started the transit down the St. John’s River. Finished final offshore preps during the transit down the river and set all working sails. As we passed our good friends at the St John’s Boat works we fired a two gun salute to say our farewells. Exited the St. John’s River under full sail at 1445 and started our trip North under fair skies and a Southwest breeze of around 12kts. The first day of the trip North was uneventful as we worked our way North while we could ahead of a weather system we expected to move through the area the next night. We had several sightings of North Atlantic Right Whales along with the usual mixture of birds and sea life. All the Right Whales appeared to be mature whales just breezing along the surface. We continued to have a good breeze throughout the day which clocked around to the Southwest ahead of a cold weather front that we expected to go through the area that night. There was a lot of lightning with the frontal passage but very little rain. The winds then clocked to the Northwest and started to build. For the next day we were busy reducing sail as the wind continued to build. By the Night of the 2nd we were under staysail and fore only, doing 7 – 9kts with the wind at 30kts + out of the Northeast.
At first light on the morning of the 2nd the winds and seas had moderated and we started our entrance into the Savannah River. We encountered a lot of large ship traffic. You wouldn’t think that a large container port would be located 20 nm up a relatively small river. As we approached Savannah we exchanged a two gun salute with historic Fort Jackson. Fort Jackson was built in 1808 and manned during the War of 1812. We continued on a few more miles and gave a 4 gun salute to all the folks that had assembled on the Savannah River Front. We were tied up alongside the Savannah City Water front at 1231. The crew is in good spirits and glad to get a few days at sea after the down rig and dockside activities of the last month.
Captain Bob and the Crew of the Lynx