Kumu Crew: Into Georgia

April 10, 2016

In from Starr Johnson ‘98

Aloha kākou! We left St. Augustine, Florida at 6 a.m. this morning and after about two hours we passed an old Civil War fort crossing state lines into Georgia. As we head further north, the temperature continues to drop, the wind has picked up, and we work to steer against the occasional current and rip tide.

The Intracoastal Waterway now feels more like cold ocean seas. We steer north keeping the winds to our starboard side. The sea life has also shifted, moving away from alligators and manatees and into pelicans, cranes and other unfamiliar sea birds. This region in southern Georgia appears to be quite remote having gone for a few hours without seeing any people on land or in boats. We have mostly been flanked by barrier islands and sandbar islands inhabited by birds. These temperature are far colder than we are all used to, so we have loaded up on layers of clothing and spent some time dancing to songs on the "Cat Stevens" and "Ray Charles" (we had to find "Georgia on my Mind") Pandora stations.

The biggest laugh today came when our animated and characteristically "loud" crewmate from Kauai came out of her "hole" because she could hear that our remote controls and emergency whistles were not catching the attention of our escort boat. So standing on the bow, she yelled "ehhhh!!!" Sure enough the entire crew of the escort boat heard that and finally turned around! Now we know where our loudest siren comes from!

The sun is dropping as we continue north; we aim to pull into port at about 8 p.m. to rest for the night and prepare for another early departure tomorrow as the sun rises. Mahalo for following!