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Notes from the LYNX-Charleston to St. Augustine, Day 2

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 10, 2010

Good morning!

This morning finds Lynx bobbing along just past the Savannah River entrance, off the Georgia coast.  Winds are light from the north, and we are steering to parallel the coast, keeping between five and ten miles offshore.  Yesterday’s conundrum of going too fast is not a problem this morning, as we are cruising along at just around two knots.  Right now we have the jib, stays’l, fores’l, fore tops’l, starboard split course, and reefed mains’l set and things on deck are quiet and calm.  It’s a beautiful day, sunny with few clouds in the sky, evidence of the high pressure system which is sitting overtop of the area, bringing these calm northerly winds.

Last night brought the crew some good sail handling.  We tacked several times, as we were unable to use the westerly winds to steer in a southwesterly direction down the coast and had to resort to heading offshore for a time, then tacking and coming back closer to land.  After our first tack, we were could still make out the distinct towers of the Ravenel Bridge, in Charleston Harbor, which was a little disheartening.  Nevertheless, the wind eventually veered around to come out of the northwest and north, allowing us to hug the coast without as much difficulty, and this morning we are making strides in the right direction, even if we are not going very fast.

At 1700 GMT, we were in position:
31 degrees 55.321 North
080 degrees 43.445 West

Fair winds to all!

LeeAnne Gordon and the crew of Lynx


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