Day 4 - Hilton Head SC - Fort Pierce Fl
An easy, but cold overnight sail - wind picked up around midnight to set full sails passing St Simons, St Marys and sighting the lights of St John and Mayport early morning. Heading in through the breakwaters saw numerous small fishing boats battling against wind, tide and wash to fish for local Sheepshead - a major tournament was in play (reportedly 300 boats took part)! Tied up at Morningstar Mayport Marina by mid-morning in a very strong running tidal flow. By afternoon the reverse tide swung the rudder and steering wheels violently over to one side and broke the starboard drive chain!! Instead of a restful afternoon catching up on sleep the daylight hours were spent chasing down a chain supplier - fortunately a local "eclectic" motorbike shop and its mechanics were most helpful, as was the auto-part store down the road. After 2-3 trips to each store (!) we secured a new chain and pieces from the old chain to attempt a repair - commandeering the marina RAM Dodge for most of the afternoon (thank you Morningstar Marina)! Job still not finished late into the evening, sore fingers and very tired - meant a probable extra night at the marina....with no solution in sight for Sunday.
Phil and Di