Back in the USA

After a nice long stay in Hopetown on Elbow Cay, we left to go thru the Whale Cay Passage and start towards home.  We spent on night on the hook at Allans Pensacola Cay in the NE Abacos and explored the island by dinghy and on foot.  Wednesday morning we left before dawn for the 330nm journey to Georgia.  It turned out the weather was great, but not quite enough wind so we motor sailed more than half of the trip.  The gulf stream was calm and we hit 10 knots sailing, which was great but not fast enough to arrive Thursday night and too fast to arrive after dawn on Friday.  So we slowed down and arrived just before dawn.  We hooked a beautiful Mahi, but it escaped the gaf and broke the line after we had it out of the water and almost on deck.  Arriving in Fernandina Beach we phoned the US Customs and Border Patrol using our Local Boaters Option number and in 5 minutes over the phone we were legally in the US so we lowered our quarantine flag and moved on to anchor at Cumberland Island, GA.  We will be here a couple of days before moving on to Jekyll Island for a stay at their marina.  That means free water to wash the boat, long showers, and laundry.  Of course we will enjoy the local culture on Jekyll too!  We will see what the weather holds for us after that and will be moving up the coast at a good pace.

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