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  • Announcement: All Georgia Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of Georgia cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of GA cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “Georgia.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “GA Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 4 Georgia geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

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    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Report from Lang’s Marina, St. Marys, GA

    Lang’s Marina is on the north shore of the St. Marys River in downtown St. Marys. Our thanks to the skipper of the Linda Jean for this report.

    Lang’s east docks completely gone. Any boats that remained on the docks were crushed during the hurricane. Lang’s west docks mostly destroyed with the exception of one floater remaining, Only two permanent sailboats survived by anchoring five miles up river.

  • LNM: Shoaling Reported in Little Mud River Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 655


    Little Mud River is almost universally acknowledged to be the worst section of the entire Waterway from Norfolk to Miami. This AICW Problem Stretch lies some 21 statute miles north of Brunswick, Georgia. Cruisers’ Net continues to recommend navigating this stretch at mid to high tide only. This LNM was posted prior to Irma, so conditions may have changed in this Problem Stretch.

    GEORGIA – AICW – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST. SIMONS SOUND – LITTLE MUD RIVER: Shoaling
    Shoaling has been reported in Little Mud River between Little Mud River Light 195 (LLNR 36875) and Little Mud River Light 190 (LLNR 36865) observed depth was 3 feet at MLLW. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11507 LNM 36/17

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Little Mud River

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Report from The Blue Goose, St. Marys, GA, St. Marys River

    The Blue Goose is a hostel and cafe in downtown St. Marys.

    Looks like we are down. All the docks downtown gone, boats were ashore and Lang’s lost some roof.
    Donna Asbell, CFO
    The Blue Goose on Osborne
    Hostel and Cafe
    126 Osborne Street
    Saint Marys, GA 31558

  • LNM: Coast Guard closes the port of Savannah, Brunswick

    Coast Guard sets port condition Zulu, closes the port of Savannah, Brunswick

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Effective 12 a.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Zulu for the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick and all other terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of generated by Hurricane Irma that may arrive within 12 hours.

    Sustained winds between 39 and 54 mph are possible within 12 hours. Mariners are reminded there are no safe havens in these facilities, and ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum.

    While port condition Zulu is in place no vessels may enter or transit within these ports without permission of the COTP. All vessel movements are prohibited at this time, and all ship-to-shore operations must cease.

  • LNM: Coast Guard sets port condition Yankee in Savannah, Brunswick

    Coast Guard sets port condition Yankee in Savannah, Brunswick

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Effective 12 p.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Yankee for the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick and all other terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds generated by Hurricane Irma that may arrive within 24 hours.

    These ports and facilities are currently closed to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations while Yankee remains in effect.

  • LNM: Dredging Operations, Brunswick Inner Harbor, off AICW Statute Mile 675


    This dredging project will impact Waterway cruisers wanting to visit Ocean Petroleum Company or Brunswick Landing Marina on the East River.

    GEORGIA – ST SIMONS SOUND – BRUNSWICK INNER HARBOR CHANNEL: Maintenance Dredge Operations
    Continuing until approximately October 30, 2017, Southern Dredging Co will be working in the East River and East River Turning Basin in Brunswick River. The Dredge BRUNSWICK will performed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. To ensure safe passage in the vicinity of the operation, mariners should establish contact with the Dredge on VHF marine channels 13 and 16. Project contact: Neil Rodgers (843) 729-1269 or Michael Kitchell (843)830-1015.
    Chart 11489, 11506 LNM 35/17

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of East River

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Ocean Petroleum

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Brunswick Landing Marina

     

     

  • Dive Into Gray’s Reef, National Marine Sanctuary, Savannah, GA

    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects Georgia’s special live-bottom wildlife habitat in the Atlantic Ocean and along the southeastern U.S. coast, an area teeming with diversity and an abundance of marine life.


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    Volunteer to be a steward of your sanctuary!

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    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects a vibrant hard-bottom reef habitat in the Atlantic Ocean just off the Georgia Coast. This 22-square-mile protected area is teeming with numerous species of fish, such as black sea bass, groupers, and mackerels. Loggerhead sea turtles forage and rest year-round at Gray’s Reef, and the sanctuary is within the critical habitat of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

    Learn more by visiting:


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    Are You Ready to Make A Deeper Dive into Gray’s Reef?

    Volunteers are integral to the success of Gray’s Reef operations. If you’d like to dive deeper into your local marine sanctuary, please consider the following opportunities to join our outstanding team of volunteers.

    Top banner photos: Greg McFall/NOAA


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    Speakers Bureau

    If you would like to share your enthusiasm about Gray’s Reef with organizations throughout the region, consider joining our speakers bureau. We will schedule the presentations and supply you with a comprehensive slide kit and the training you’ll need to get started. Our speakers are in high demand for K-12 education, recreation and general audiences. This is a great opportunity for retired professionals and recent grads looking for public speaking experience. Register your interest here. Or, if you are interested in booking a presentation for your organization, please complete our online request form.


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    Social Science Internship

    Gray’s Reef has a number of internships available throughout the year. We are currently looking for an intern to assist us in conducting a socioeconomic survey in our local area (Jan-Mar). For more information about this project, please click here. Candidates interested in this part-time, unpaid internship can submit their cover letter and resumes here through 12/1/17 for consideration. 


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    Public Events Team

    Would you like a front-row seat to the Gray’s Reef Film Festival? Want to march in Savannah’s famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade? How about a fish-eyed view of our underwater robotics competition? We need you and a few friends to help us bring the remote reef to the street through rolling art installations, creature features and education simulations. Volunteers are needed at these and other events coming up this fall, like Coastfest and Skidaway Marine Science Day. Register your interest here.


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    Sanctuary Advisory Council

    Welcome to Monique Gordon who now serves as the K-12 Education representative on the Gray’s Reef Advisory Council, and welcome back Dr. Peter Auster who serves as the Living Resources Research representative. This all-volunteer advisory group consists of individuals from various user groups, government agencies and the public-at-large and provides advice on the operation and management of the sanctuary. 

    Learn more about the Gray’s Reef Advisory Council by joining us for the next meeting on September 22, 2017 at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography library auditorium. 


    VOY Mandy Harvey

    2017 Volunteer of the Year

    Each year we recognize one outstanding volunteer as our Volunteer of the Year. Our honoree, recognized for her extraordinary efforts in 2016, is Mandy Harvey. 

    “I really enjoy volunteering at Gray’s Reef because it gives me the opportunity to use my existing skills in news ways to support an organization devoted to something I care deeply about—the health of our oceans. And, I get to have a great time doing it!” 

    Mandy’s dedication, along with that of the honorees from the other 14 marine sanctuaries and monuments, was recognized by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation during Capitol Hill Ocean Week in Washington, DC this past June. 

    Congratulations and Thank you, Mandy!


    For more information please visit:

    graysreef.noaa.gov

    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary                                

    10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411                     912-598-2345

    Volunteer Inquires: jody.patterson@noaa.gov 

  • Sherer Report: Survey of Problem Stretch Jekyll Creek, AICW Statute Mile 683


    Jeykyll Harbor Marina... a Cool Place to Beat the Heat

    The channel through Jekyll Creek seems to shift with each tide and Cruisers’ Net recommends mid to high tide passage. Fortunately, Bob and Ann Sherer, authors of 2017 ICW Cruising Guide, graciously share their 2017 survey of this Problem Stretch, complete with charts of the most treacherous segments, to assist your low tide passage through this fickle channel. Jekyll Creek is home to SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Jekyll Harbor Marina.

    CLICK HERE for Charting Differences at Jekyll Island

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Jekyll Creek

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Jekyll Harbor Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Jekyll Harbor Marina

  • A Question about Kilkenny Creek Campground, west of AICW Statute Mile 614


    If you are familiar with the Kilkenny Creek area and have a answer for Skipper Strozier, please let us hear from you. Kilkenny Creek Marina lies along the western shores of Kilkenny Creek, west of this stream’s intersection with Lincoln Creek, all south and west of the AICW’s marker #106.

    Did Captain Jane’s parents own or operate Kilkenny camp ground?
    Linda Strozier

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Kilkenny Creek Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Kilkenny Creek Marina

  • News from Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Savannah, GA

    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects Georgia’s special live-bottom wildlife habitat in the Atlantic Ocean and along the southeastern U.S. coast, an area teeming with diversity and an abundance of marine life.


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    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects a vibrant hard-bottom reef habitat in the Atlantic Ocean just off the Georgia Coast. This 22-square-mile protected area is teeming with numerous species of fish, such as black sea bass, groupers, and mackerels. Loggerhead sea turtles forage and rest year-round at Gray’s Reef, and the sanctuary is within the critical habitat of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

    Learn more by visiting GRNMS here:


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    Savor Summer in Savannah

    Summer may be winding down, but we’re just warming up! We hope you will join the staff and friends of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary at these exciting upcoming events.

    Top banner photos: Greg McFall/NOAA


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    August 1 – Gray’s Reef Tuesdays on Tybee

    The summer film series continues this Tuesdayat Tybee Post Theaterwith the inspiring, real-life story of Winter, the Dolphin That Can. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m.

    With our apologies for postponing Shifting Baselines, we have rescheduled the screening for August 8, 7:00 p.m. at the Tybee Post Theater. The movie tells a story of Georgia’s coast as told by her commercial fishing families, scientists, and chefs. Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Founding Chair, Cathy Sakas, is the executive producer bringing this film to life.


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    August 12 – Get Into Your Sanctuary Day

    Experience a 360-degree virtual diveof Gray’s Reef when you visit the Islands Library branch of Live Oak Public Libraries on August 12, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Library guests can explore the sanctuary using Virtual Reality goggles and an interactive exhibit, Q&A with our staff, and take home some fun giveaways!  

    In addition, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is sponsoring a photo contest until August 12. We encourage you to Get Into Your Sanctuary and share the fun nationwide! 


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    September 22 – A Fishy Affair 

    Join us and the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for an evening of fun at this malicious, but delicious lionfish-focused Chef’s challenge featuring four talented local chefs preparing their own unique lionfish dishes. 

    A Fishy Affair attendees will enjoy over 350 pounds of Atlantic-harvested lionfish to bring awareness to the invasive species and in support of sustainable seafood in area restaurants.  A raffle, live auction, short film, and signature cocktail will be offered at the entertaining and educational evening benefitting Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Tickets are on sale now!


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    Welcome Dr. Catherine Dunn Kostilnik!

    We are delighted to introduce you to Catherine Dunn Kostilnik, PhD., the new Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Executive Director! 

    Please join us in welcoming Catherine who can be reached by emailing catherine@marinesanctuary.org.


    For more information please visit:

    graysreef.noaa.gov

    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary 

    10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411

    912-598-2345

  • Special Sneak Peek! Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Savannah, GA

    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects Georgia’s special live-bottom wildlife habitat in the Atlantic Ocean and along the southeastern U.S. coast, an area teeming with diversity and an abundance of marine life.


    CLICK HERE FOR SNEAK PREVIEW

    Exclusive Preview from GPB at Tybee Tuesday

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    At our next “Gray’s Reef Tuesday” on July 11, we have a treat from Georgia Public Broadcasting: a sneak peek of their upcoming 3-part television special called RARE—Creatures of the Photo Ark.  RARE is a project of renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Throughout the show, scientists and naturalists reveal surprising information about the world’s rare and at-risk animals. The preview will also include footage from right here in Georgia, with video from Georgia Outdoors naturalist Sharon Collins. 

    We will be joined by special guest Emmalee Hackshaw from GBP who will introduce us to this wonderful experience, followed by our feature film Ocean Frontiers. Meet us at the Tybee Post Theater every Tuesday evening through August 1 for this salty, sea-loving film series!


  • Summer News and Events from Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Savannah, GA

    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects Georgia’s special live-bottom wildlife habitat in the Atlantic Ocean and along the southeastern U.S. coast, an area teeming with diversity and an abundance of marine life.

    CLICK HERE FOR COMING EVENTS
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    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects a vibrant hard-bottom reef habitat in the Atlantic Ocean just off the Georgia Coast. This 22 square mile area is teeming with numerous species of fish, such as black sea bass, groupers, and snappers. Loggerhead sea turtles forage and rest year-round at Gray’s Reef, and the sanctuary is within the only known winter calving grounds for the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.


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    It’s Summertime by the Sea!

    Join us at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary as we celebrate summer on the beautiful and bountiful Georgia coast.


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    June 27 to August 1 – Gray’s Reef Tuesdays at Tybee Post Theatre

    Our summer film series continues each Tuesday through August 1 with lots of new ocean movies! Doors open at 6:30pm and movies begin at 7:00pm


    August 12 – Get Into Your Sanctuary Day

    Experience a 360-degree virtual dive at Gray’s Reef when you visit the Islands Library during Get Into Your Sanctuary Day on August 12. You can also view our exhibit, meet members of our staff, and take home some fun giveaways! In addition, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is sponsoring a photo contestJuly 1 – August 12. We encourage you to take photos while out at Gray’s Reef and join the fun nationwide! 

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    September 22 – 3rd Annual A Fishy Affair 

    Join us and the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for an evening of fun at this malicious, but delicious lionfish-focused Chef’s challenge featuring four talented local chefs preparing their own unique lionfish dishes. 


    Gray’s Reef Research Cruise

    The 2017 Gray’s Reef research cruise aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster culminated with a well-attended open house while she was docked along River Street in Savannah. Read all about the exciting research projects that were conducted during the cruise on the “ships log” blog and take a peek at life on board in this video segment from our friends at WSAV.

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    For more information please visit

    graysreef.noaa.gov

  • Precise Depths Report from Hell Gate Problem Stretch, AICW Statute Mile 602


    The AICW follows the narrow, man-made canal known as Hell Gate between the Vernon and Ogeechee Rivers. These waters have been an AICW Problem Stretch for years. Despite recent reports of shallow water at low tide, this marker by marker, rising tide report from Bob Kovach is good news and good advice for cruisers. SSECN continues to recommend mid to high tide for this passage.

    Marine Trader 50 “ALLEZ!” ALL Depths are from the water line. We have a 5 ft Draft
    High Tide was at 4:11 P.M. Began Transit at 3:32 North Bound at Marker #90 11.3 ft, Marker #89 11.4 Ft
    Marker #87 10.4 ft Speed 7 MPH, Wind 15-22 MPH
    Ended Transit 3:39 PM
    Safe Cruising.
    Chief Engr Bob, Onboard ALLEZ!

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Hell Gate

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Elske: From Hell [Gate] to [Isle of] Hope, Savannah, GA, AICW Statute Mile 590


    FULL MARINE SERVICE ON SITE TRANSIENT DOCKAGE WELCOME

    David and Jaculeyn continue sharing the log of Elske via their delightful blog, The Voyage of Elske on America’s Great Loop. A personal note regarding Elske’s title for today’s page, David is a retired Methodist minister. Today’s page recounts their passage through Problem Stretch, Hell Gate, and on to Isle of Hope Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, which lies along the northwestern shores of the Waterway in the body of a hairpin turn northwest of Waterway marker #46A. Be sure to see FOCUS ON Isle of Hope Marina.

    CLICK HERE FOR ELSKE’S LOG AND PHOTOS

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For Hell Gate

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Georgia Marina Directory Listing For Isle of Hope Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Isle of Hope Marina

  • Live Exploration of Gray’s Reef, May 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. EDT

    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary protects Georgia’s special live-bottom wildlife habitat in the Atlantic Ocean and along the southeastern U.S. coast, an area teeming with diversity and an abundance of marine life.

    LIVE EXPLORATION OF GRAY'S REEF

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    LIVE EXPLORATION OF GRAY’S REEF

    MAY 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. EDT

    We are partnering with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) for a “Live Exploration” that will unfold the wonders of ​the sanctuary in a​n extraordinary​ livestreaming event targeted toward elementary and middle school students. Working with experts from G​PB’s education division and the University of Georgia, Gray’s Reef’s Superintendent Sarah Fangman will take students on a virtual dive so they can explore the reef without ​getting wet! The virtual expedition will include underwater surgery on a fish to insert a tagging transmitter and beautiful views of the vibrant and abundant marine life found at Gray’s Reef. Students will learn how Gray’s Reef was formed, how the seafloor serves as a habitat and how they can help protect the reef from major threats.

    Register now: GPB Live Exploration: Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

    ​The Live Exploration will be available on demand after May 10 ​with supplemental classroom resources for grades K-12. Please tell your friends and coworkers about this opportunity; teachers all over America are welcome to participate!

    Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

    graysreef.noaa.gov

    phone: 912-598-2345
    email: graysreef@noaa.gov
    10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411

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