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Notes from the LYNX – Charleston to St. Augustine, Day 1

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 9, 2010

Hello all!

I had been meaning to keep the “Chestertown to St. Augustine” subject line going, but I can’t remember which day of the overall transit we are on!  So we’ll just call this leg “Charleston to St. Augustine.”

We are underway from Charleston, having left the Charleston Maritime Center dock at 1000 this morning.  Everyone at the dock was extremely helpful and very friendly during our visit, and I believe that the crew had an enjoyable time in Charleston.  With Chucktown behind us, we are sailing full and by, using the westerly wind to head south towards St. Augustine.
We have just stood into watches, having kept the crew on deck since we departed the dock to get sails set and trimmed for our current course.  We’re carrying the jib topsail, jib, stays’l, fore, fore tops’l and single-reefed main.  I opted to keep the reef in the main because we do not need to make very fast speeds to get to St. Augustine on time, and I figured a smaller amount of sail area would be better.  Then, I let enthusiasm get the best of me and set all three headsails, which have allowed Lynx to pick up speed to the range of 6 to 7 knots.  Now, I fear, we’re going too fast!
Nevertheless, we are pressing on, using the winds to our advantage.  The galley is stocked, the crew are rested, the prop is feathered and we are sailing along.  Next stop: the oldest city in the U.S.

At 1700 GMT, we were in position:
32 degrees 40.485 North
079 degrees 44.190 West

Fair winds to all!

LeeAnne Gordon and the speed-demon crew of Lynx

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