Wind howls all night long, particularly in the early morning hours. At least it is a west wind so I think that I am good to head south. Cast off 8:45. Passing Jekyll Point to port I find it is too gusty and rough to sail. I take a battering under mizzen and jib, realizing that the wind is more out of the southwest than I had expected and can't make heady in the chop. Bring down the jib and begin motoring across the sound.
9:30 cross a tide line on to St. Andrews Sound, calmer on the other side.
9:40 believe I see a second tide line ahead. Just as I approach I see it is not a tide line, it is a shoal. I swing the outboard to reverse and let the wind blow us off the shoal. I raise the center board a little and reset the rudder, drifting east until I find some deeper water.
It is a long hard morning, strong gust winds out of the southwest and choppy water. Heavy overcast and we motor into the building wind to reach the Cumberland River.
11:00 the sun breaking through. Noon near Cabin Bluff the river turns down wind and I finally sail under mizzen and jib, making 4.1 in the strong winds.
12:10 raise a double reefed main. Too much wind on the stern and soon bring down the main. Mizzen and jib, 4.8 with a helping tide.
12:45 pass the southern entrance to the Brickell River. 1:10 making 3.0 against the tide. 1:30 gusty winds off Kings Bay.
2:00 raise double reefed main. 2:25 shake out the second reef. Too many markers at the entrance channel to Kings Bay and I loose the channel in the confusion of red and green. Soon find my way back to the channel.
3:30 cross into Florida with Fort Clinch to the southeast. Dark clouds hover above but I can see clearing skies coming.
Anchor down 4:20 mouth of the Amelia River.
Chicken and pasta casserole