The St. Augustine inlet can be quite dangerous at times, this morning the coastal sea state was only 3-4′ but with the full moon tide ebbing, the inlet consumed a Tow Boat US vessel. while towing a disabled sailing vessel.
Here is the Pon Pon call from the Coast Guard
The St. Augustine inlet in calm weather is very easy to navigate for any size yacht, but with an ebbing tide and any kind of sea, it can simply be hazardous.
This heavily gunned Coast Guard vessel passed me in the Pamlico Sound on the East Coast this week. I was able to snap this photo.
I’m quite happy to see a show of force on arguably one of Americas weakest points of entry, her coastline. More to the point, in all my years of bouncing in and out of the US waters and following all the rules to a “T”, I’ve never been boarded or inspected. I can only assume it’s because of lack of funding, but I would prefer to see a string of aircraft carriers up and down both coasts of North America, but that’s just one man’s rantings.
One of the great things about being a professional yacht captain is the accidental discoveries along any voyage. While waiting for parts to be delivered in Norfolk, Virgina, I shot this video of a Norwegian naval training ship departing our pier. While filming, the crew in the rigging started to sing. I don’t think any of the onlookers ever imagined such a chorus of powerful sailing gospel. One could not help but be envious of the comradery these young men exhibited. I couldn’t help but be reminded of a misspent youth.
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