Healy Report: Alternate Route, St. Andrew Sound, GA AICW Statute Miles 685-690
Several route options to navigate St Andrew Sound, especially in foul weather, have been posted on Cruisers Net. Type St Andrew Sound in our Homepage Search window for those reports. Experienced cruisers and frequent Cruisers Net contributors Jim and Peg Healy share their ships log and navigation watches as M/V Sanctuary travels south on the FL/GA Waterway. Thank you Jim and Peg!
The alternate route is 6 statute miles from Jekyll Creek back to the Cumberland River. The route is significantly more protected that the ICW route. Note also, the “ICW Route” I follow is NOT the charted ICW route; I cut the bottom of Horseshoe Shoal, but I don’t recommend that unless the captain knows the route and tides well.As luck would have it, just as I turned off the main ICW route, I passed a sailboat running under power. OK, I travel ever so slightly slightly faster than most sailboats, but when I rejoined the main ICW route in the Cumberland River, that sailboat was still behind me, just about where I’d left him. I’d guess I didn’t lose more that 10 – 15 minutes taking the alternate route, and I never saw less than what would be 10 feet depth at MLLW. I did pass two ActiveCaptain hazard markers. Neither were representative of what I actually saw. So my net is, keep this alternative route in mind for those days that aren’t so ideal on St. Andrews Sound. It works.The actual .gpx route can be downloaded from http://fleetwing.blogspot.