The current swept us out of Oyster Creek Marina at 0952 this morning. The strong ebb meant we made the Bridge of Lions 1030 opening with time to spare. As we made the turn into the ICW from the inlet channel our speed dropped to 4.8 mph! Three days of nor-easter had piled water on the beach and through the inlet and into the wetlands. Today, it all wanted to go back to the sea in the opposite direction from ours.
The buoy in the picture tells the tale.
Several of the bridges we went through — including the one partially blocked by a tug that wouldn’t respond to radio calls — had rips between the bulkheads. And of course, when we arrived at the St Johns River, the flood had started almost an hour early (just as in our trip down). [I rechecked the tables, and it isn’t me.]
When we arrived at the Fort George River to anchor for the evening, we discovered a three foot bar had formed across the mouth of the river (3 foot at low tide, we ran aground at 5.5 feet). So, we moved on up to Nassau Sound and anchored near Harrison Creek amongst the dolphins feeding in the evening. This isn’t a place we would chose in anything but the light air from the east we have tonight.