Posted by: rminchin | November 23, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

This is the beginning of Thanksgiving week and we are feeling extremely thankful for being able to cruise full time.   Keeping in touch with family and friends and the ability to easily communicate with fellow cruisers has definitely enhanced our sailing experience for which we are also thankful.  For our 14-month cruise with our children, Dawn & Scott, ages 12 & 10 in 1997, there was no internet or cell phone.  We would take pictures then mail them for processing and have them sent directly to Ron’s mom.  Communication included pictures, postcards, and letters; we only used paper charts.  Wow, have times changed.

After a delightful visit with good friends in Charleston, our sailing continued into Georgia.  So many cruisers avoid these shallow, narrow, winding rivers and take the ocean route to Jacksonville but we just love it. The last 2 mornings dolphin jumped high out of the water in front of us as we were getting underway. The miles of marsh cordgrass with a golden hue, multitudes of birds, including egrets, pelicans, heron, and even a few eagles flying along the edge of the river delight us as we wind our way toward St. Mary’s, Georgia and the “Cruisers’ Thanksgiving” celebration.  IMG_6895

Yesterday, we sailed 4 hours “wing and wing” (2 headsails) much of the time with the autopilot on and keeping an eye on the markers as well as remembering to favor the outside of the bends in the rivers while seeing our previous tracks on the nautical chart on our 17” computer screen.  Ron makes it all seem so easy.

The bottom of the Charleston anchorage has our 35 lb Manson Supreme anchor and 40’ of chain! When it was time to leave, the anchor would not come up!!! There are sunken boats, rebar, and all kinds of junk in the bottom and our luck was not good that morning.  After going to shore in the dinghy, taking a taxi to West Marine to buy a new Rocna 33, we cut the chain and headed on our way 1 hour later.  Rest assured we’ll never anchor in that spot again.

If anyone is interested in watching our progress, check out and search for “Stormy Petrel”.





  1. Happy Thanksgiving! We also enjoyed Georgia especially St. Mary’s as we visited via land a 2 years later. I’ve got Marine Traffic on my phone so I’ll try to “watch” you. Pete & MA

  2. sorry to hear about your anchor issues. guess you were lucky (or smart) not to have lost one earlier.

    Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. So glad you guys are having such a beautiful retirement. I can’t imagine saing without all of the electronics today. Although it doesn’t Help me finding shallow spots to go aground. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the great posts

  4. Sounds like you two are enjoying a wonderful life. Wish I was 30 years younger! Don’t anchor between a “Rock and a Hard Spot”!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Gobble…gobble…for your anchor 😦
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  6. Hi to all old friends in NJ via Kathy and Ron! Just good to see names of fols we know!
    Happy Thanks giving and safe passage to all!

  7. Thanks for the update and whow! How things have changed in the last 15 or so years.

    The only problem with following your progress on Marine Traffic is that the last position reort was over two days ago. That just shows and wild and wonderful the GA savannahs are!

    Once you get down bear Fernandina I’m sure you’ll show up again.

    Happy Thanksgiving.


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