Notes from the LYNX-Charleston to St. Augustine, Day 3
Posted by Tall Ships America on November 11, 2010
10 November 2010
The twenty-four hours since I last wrote have brought little change, in terms of weather, to Lynx. We spent yesterday afternoon sailing/drifting along, making little over 2 knots until the winds died entirely around dinnertime and we were forced to fire up and motor to make way.
We spent last night motoring through calm seas with plenty of fishing traffic to keep us company and make sure the lookouts were on their toes. At around sunrise this morning, as we passed St. Simons Sound, a fairly dense fog rolled in and caused us to slow down, sound fog signals, and stand by the radar. Lee, our guest crew and on-board sage, predicted that the fog would burn off by 0936, and he was right! We were able to keep motoring with much better visibility, searching for a sailing breeze.
..and now we have one! Just a few moments ago, as I sat down to write up this entry, we tried trimming sails and shutting down the engine to see what kind of speed we could make. With about 5 knots of a following breeze, we are making around 3 knots over the bottom. Winds are expected to build continuously through today, from 5 to 10 knots this afternoon to 10 to 15 knots this evening and possibly 15 to 20 knots overnight and into tomorrow.
Tomorrow is our grand arrival in St. Augustine, and we have begun picking up radio transmissions and weather reports from the harbor. I’m sure the crew is looking forward to arriving in grand style, with sails set and carronades blasting! If all goes according to plan, our next report will be filed from a dock in the oldest city in the U.S.!
LeeAnne Gordon and the crew of Lynx