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Old 31-07-2013, 20:19   #1
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Oriental to St Augustine

Hey all,

I've been invited to help crew a 38' Hunter from Oriental, NC to St. Augustine. I'm in the process of determining if I will be able to do it. Any advice on route and time needed to make the trip? We are looking at a window from August 11 - 24. Thanks in advance, Steve
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Re: Oriental to St Augustine

The route is pretty straightforward. Down Adams Creek to Beaufort. I would then wait for an East or NE wind and sail the 200nm down to Charleston. Spend a few days resting and enjoying Charleston. Wait for another good window of East or NE wind and sail the 185 miles down to St. Augustine. I would try and time your arrival in St. Augustine during daylight hours, as the entrance is poorly charted with frequently moved nav aids. Charleston is well marked and can be entered in all conditions. Easy trip as long as the weather cooperates. There are several bail out inlets along the way if things turn bad, Masonborough in Wrightsville Beach, Cape Fear River, Winyah Bay in Georgetown.
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I would be prepared to jump into St.Johns river (class A) if you have strong on shore winds, and then motor down ICW to SA. I've done SJ at night, it's a nice wide straight shot in. I've left NC on west winds that are clocking around in front of a mild front with good results, this time of year the winds are usually light, bring all the fuel you can carry.
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.......................................... and sail the 185 miles down to St. Augustine. I would try and time your arrival in St. Augustine during daylight hours, as the entrance is poorly charted with frequently moved nav aids. ................... There are several bail out inlets along the way...................
With the consideration of these excerpts from Capt. Alex's good advice. I would recommend the St. Johns River Inlet that is about 25 miles north of St. Augustine if the weather or daylight does not favor the St. Augustine Inlet.
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Re: Oriental to St Augustine

Make sure to time the flood/ebb current thru the inlets, some can be 4-5kts at peak.
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Re: Oriental to St Augustine

For your planning purposes, prevailing winds in August are usually from the southern sectors. Don't expect a nice beam or broad reach on that trip.

Here's a wind rose for August from the Capers Nearshore Buoy which is located about five miles offshore, near Charleston.
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I agree that the St. Johns River is an excellent option if the conditions are poor. However St. Augustine is quite straight forward in good conditions.
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Re: Oriental to St Augustine

I'm in agreement with giving an offshore entrance at the St. Johns due consideration. St. Augustine inlet can be difficult, even in the best of conditions. And ditto on the wind data posted by Hud3.
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For your planning purposes, prevailing winds in August are usually from the southern sectors. Don't expect a nice beam or broad reach on that trip.

Here's a wind rose for August from the Capers Nearshore Buoy which is located about five miles offshore, near Charleston.
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Check out the grib forecast for Sun PM->Tues PM...there would be some motor sailling here and there.
Also having lighter winds forward ain't such a bad thing.

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Re: Oriental to St Augustine

Thanks y'all. Great advice! I'm still awaiting approval from the Admiral. Will let you know what happens.
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