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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rockdedundy River (Georgia)

It turns out that Cumberland Island's north anchorage does not get many stars from us. I think the tidal current rips through there more than the south end, and the sounding are quite deep. We anchored in 27 feet, however as the winds changed, we were blown over into 45 foot depth. It is a big river so there was a fair amount of fetch when the winds changed on us. I think the biggest downside of the anchorage was that we could not figure out a place to go to shore. Further, we saw a watchman with a flash light apparently doing a patrol. It must be private property. The anchorage would do in a pinch, but not my favorite place.

Myron had been up since 2:30 am, when the anchorage got unpleasant. We lit out of there at 6:30 this morning, which we would have done even if we adored the place. We were trying to catch a half tide or better along Jekyll Island. Just north of the bridge near the Historical Marina, the depths are spooky at low tide.

The tide was going out when we got to St. Simon's Island, which slowed us down to under four knots. We like an anchorage on the north side of the town's fixed bridge, so we pulled in, dropped anchor, grabbed a few hours of sleep, then a lunch, and planned out the timing for a rising tide at Little Mud River. We had originally planned to anchor just short of Little Mud River tonight, but the opportunity to get that skinny stretch of water over with was too appealing. We had plenty of time so we set off at a leisurely pace and were even able to jib sail for quite some time and shut the motor off.

It was after 6 pm by the time we were through that gauntlet, we were good and ready to call it a day. We dropped anchor in this spacious body of water so oddly named 'Rockdedundy River.' We are better protected than last night, but I will warn other boaters. We came in with a tide of about a 6.6 foot above datum. About midway in, we crossed an area where the chart soundings showed 26 feet mean low water, however we went over a 12 foot bar. By our calculations, that bar would be 5.4 feet mean low water, something we would barely get over.

We just finished dinner and have already showered. When we anchored here, the winds were up near 20 knots, but have now died down to a breeze so Hold Fast should simply turn with the tide, rather than dance for six hours of the night. Even if the winds had not died down, we still felt quite protected here when the winds were up.

Love to all,

{GMST}31°22.40'N|081°20.86'W|4/30/2015|7:47 PM{GEND}

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