Freestyle’s Summer Cruise – 2013

CMCS’s 2012 Commodore, Glen Vetter, wife Paula Vetter, along with their dog Annie, are heading out on an extended cruise up the East coast for the Summer on their Gemini sailing catamaran. The following is a BLOG (electronic log) of their journey and experiences along the way.

A Very Quiet Run Along the St. Lucie Canal

Monday – September 23rd: Back Home to Fort Myers!

Friday – from Stuart we are now into the Okeechobee Waterway section of the ICW. Very little boat traffic here at Stuart, which is very good. We’ve been through here at other times when a plethora of boats are zooming all over the place, making Southwest Florida’s “Miserable Mile” seem peaceful. From just before the […]

A Skinny Rainbow as we Sail Down the ICW

Thursday – September 19th: Manatee Hole at Stuart, FL

Hey – we found our way out of Campbell Pocket! It wasn’t easy. The guy at the State Park Marina – officially called a harbormaster – gave me directions. But, they certainly did not work. For sure, both Garmin and NOAA’s charts don’t show half the marks (a mark is either a floating buoy or […]

Full Moon Over Campbells Pocket

Wednesday – September 18th: Campbell Pocket near Sebastian Inlet, FL

Today we got in a lot of sailing, but it was definitely a lot of work. Most of the day we had gusting variable winds, 10-25 knots, and a continual succession of rain squalls. Our first bascule bridge (for lubbers, this is the proper term for a draw bridge) gave us a perfectly timed opening […]

Tuesday – September 17th: Titusville, FL

We’re now down to Titusville. We had been moving along nicely today with a 12-14 knot Easterly breeze. Then suddenly, about 1400, like someone flipped a switch, we have a gusty 25-knot wind. We did get to Titusville about an hour earlier than planned. And, a bit more tired than expected, but it’s fun to […]

Monday – September 16th: Daytona Beach, FL

After a long day, we anchored off a municipal park with a boat ramp. Ordered a pizza from our favorite pizza place in East Central Florida – Starvos! We also ordered one of their fabulous Greek Salads. Yes – a Greek place that bakes up a really excellent pizza. And, they even delivered to the […]

Grilling Steaks on the Jacksonville Free Dock

Sunday – September 15th: St. Augustine, FL

The weather is getting a little warmer as we work our way South. Not sure it is because we are getting further South, but rather that the we are just having a warmer cycle of weather. Friday we tied up at a very nice Jacksonville, FL municipal dock. We had water, but no electricity. The […]

Paula with the Horses of Cumberland Island

Thursday – September 12th: Cumberland Island, GA

We had a rough crossing coming across St. Andrew Sound. The ICW takes you right out to the entrance from the Atlantic. There was a pretty good breeze out of the East, which meant some pretty good swells were coming in. The rest of the trip was uneventful – which is good. We are still […]

Tuesday – September 10th: Blackbeards Island, GA

Another very out of the way place that I found, and this one was very nice. The drawback is that this great spot is about eight miles off of the ICW. It is very secluded, with sand dunes, pine trees, and of course marsh grass. We dinghyed to a sand beach, and walked around a […]

We Use the Cockpit Screens All the Time

Monday – September 9th: Walburg Creek, St. Catherines Island, GA

Not as neat an anchorage as I had expected. But a pleasant place with a nearby beach to take Annie.

Sunday – September 8th: Isle of Hope, GA

Wow – what a busy day. First, an 18-mile run to Isle of Hope Marina. Then, snag the marina’s loaner car. Drop Paula off at the Super WalMart – definitely NOT her favorite place to shop, but they have everything in one store. Then I run over to West Marina – a very nice but […]

Saturday – September 7th: Hilton Head for Lunch – then Daufuskie Island, SC

It was a short run from Ladys Island to Hilton Head Island. We were meeting up with Mike, an old friend of mine from back in the 1970’s. We both worked at State Farm during what turned out to be a really fun time. Softball teams, flag football teams, bowling, and lots of parties. Mike […]

Dragon Boat Team Practicing as We Pass Beaufort, SC

Friday – September 6th: Lady’s Island Marina, Beaufort, SC

What can I say – more and more marsh grass. But we are definitely starting to see more trees again. For the evening I found a nice place that only charges $1 per foot for the night. While the evenings are cool enough for sleeping. It does get a bit humid, and a bit uncomfortable […]

The One and Only B&B Seafood

Thursday – September 5th: Bennettes Point, SC

More and more marsh grass. There is a fairly long stretch of the ICW through South Carolina with few places to stop. At least places with much civilization that is. We found a little place that you’d have to call a “settlement” because there is not even a town near by. It is located on […]

Tuesday – September 3rd: Bull Island, SC

Today we had an easy 40-mile run down toward Charleston. Bull Island is a National Preserve. The claim it is the largest “Island Preserve” on the East Coast. We are anchored just on the West side of the island, and we once again feel like we’re in the middle of nowhere – maybe we are. […]

Monday – September 2nd: Georgetown, SC

We came here Saturday, and stayed three days for several reasons. First, we really enjoyed Georgetown on our way North, and thought it would be nice to spend several more days here. Second, we’ve been making a lot of one-night stops, and were ready to relax a little. Third, Labor Day Weekend is a good […]

Friday – August 30th: Murrells Inlet, SC

This was an interesting day with beautiful weather – again. We went 40 miles through probably the most boring section of the ICW, and entered into one of the prettiest sections of the ICW. We left a beautiful anchorage at Bird Island, entered into a boring stretch through Myrtle Beach, and finally entered into a […]

Thursday – August 29th: to Bird Island near Little River Inlet, NC / SC

We found a great anchorage close to where we stayed near Calabash, NC back around the first of June. Bird Island is a barrier island of sand dunes, and is a North Carolina State Reserve. We had plenty of sand beach to land the dinghy and walk around. When I looked at the chart, it […]

Historic Light House on Bald Head Island

Tuesday & Wednesday – August 27th & 28th: Bald Head Island, NC

This was a cool place! Our friends from Illinois, Mark & Pat, had stopped here and raved about the place. The only way to get to the island is by boat. Everything there, except for a couple small historic sights, has been built since about 15-years. A very protected marina. And, no cars on the […]

Sunday & Monday – August 25th & 26th: Just Move’n On

On Sunday and Monday nights we stopped at fairly average type anchorages at Figure Eight Island and Wrightsville Beach. We had thought Wrightsville Beach would be pretty neat, being a beach town and all. Got to admit – there didn’t seem to be much around to keep a cruiser there for very long. Everything seemed […]

Saturday – August 24th: Swansboro, NC

We figured this would just be a convenient stop on our way South. This area of North Carolina seems to have few anchorages. Swansboro actually turned out to be a fairly nice little town. They have a small town dinghy dock, and the street running along the river here is lined with nice little shops […]

Wild Horses on Taylor Creek

Friday – August 23rd: Beaufort, NC

Instead of taking a slip again, we decided to anchor along Taylor Creek, which runs along the South side of town. We went down the creek about a mile to a less crowded area. Something we were not aware of is that Carrot Island along the Southern shore of Taylor Creek is a wildlife preserve, […]

Michael & Lori

Thursday – August 22nd: Oriental

  From Belhaven, we headed down to Oriental, NC. This is our third stop here. Something must be calling us back. Unfortunately, the free town dock is full – it is only big enough for two boats. That is OK, because it is going to be a little warm tonight, and we will sleep better […]

Wednsday – August 21st: Belhaven, NC

Tuesday morning – after another trip into Gum Neck (still no people) – we head down the Alligator-Pungo Canal. The canal gets its name due to the fact that it runs from the Alligator River on the North to the Pungo River on the South. We went about 32-miles to the small town of Belhaven. […]

Heading into Gum Neck

Monday – August 19th: Gum Neck on the Alligator River, NC

You are probably thinking I am just fabricating the names of these places, but honest, this place is called Gum Neck. Near the entrance to the Alligator, we passed by a place called Goat Neck. A North Carolina State map we picked up actually shows a settlement named Gum Neck. But, we never saw any […]

Sunday – August 18th: Coinjock, NC

We ran 32-miles down the Virginia Cut to Coinjock, NC. The cruising guide warns you to stay in the middle of the channel. There are many submerged stumps and logs along the shore. There are also a number of oxbows where the chart displays multiple wrecks and shallow water. We also passed several tugs pushing […]