We moved down the ICW to Cumberland Island. Cumberland is an island that can only be accessed by boat. It was quiet and beautiful The beach was wide and isolated. They have one of the few maritime forests on the east coast of the USA. Very relaxing...until the cold front went through.
We have gone thru Hurricane Isobel, TS Ernesto, Hurricane Jean and Hurricane Irene. But this was the first time we were on anchor during a wind event that was just 10knts shy of hurricane strength. We had two anchors out, the enclosure buttoned and plenty of food. We took turns watching and checking the anchor mark. We installed jacklines and used our vests and tethers whenever we went forward to check the rode line for chafing. After two days the winds relaxed to just small craft warning speed (20 to 35knts).
|A sleepy Matt during night watch|
It was great to watch the ponies return to the beach after the winds died down. The ambled down the nibbling at the low tide line. The birds did diving and fish gathering and the dolphins were playing around the boat.