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  1. Fairfield Harbour YC Southern Cruising Destinations

  2. Planning What are Your limitations? • Vessel/Crew capabilities • Length of Trip: • Time • Distance • Offshore?

  3. Resources • Charts – paper, up-to-date chart plotter • Waterway Guides – • several to choose from • Restaurants, full-service marinas, attractions • Bridge schedules • Anchorages – • several books to choose from

  4. Scope of this Discussion New Bern to Florida

  5. Fairfield Harbour YC Other Destinations • Destinations not covered here: • Florida, south of St. Augustine • Key West • Bahamas • Windward/Leeward Islands • Tiera Del Fuego


  6. Southern Destinations Destinations Covered Here • Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington • Bald Head Island • Myrtle Beach, SC • Charleston, SC • Beaufort, SC • Hilton Head • Savannah, GA • Fernandina Beach, Cumberland Is. • St. Augustine

  7. Wrightsville Beach Leaving Fairfield Harbour Distance: Inside (ICW) = 102 nm, Outside = 101 nm • 1st stop: Morehead City/Beaufort (34 nm) • Outside = 67 nm from MHC • Swansboro (22 nm from MHC) • Casper’s Marina or Dudley’s or anchor • Wrightsville B. Bridge (46 nm from MHC ) • 4 bridges • Many restaurants, marinas, stuff to do… • Wilmington = 22 nm • 12 nm up the Cape Fear River

  8. Southport, Bald Head Island Southport • 125 nm from New Bern, 24 from Wrightsville Br. • Marinas, Restaurants • 3 marinas on Bald Head, 5 in Southport

  9. Little River, Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach 157 nm from New Bern, 32 from Southport • Many Marinas, Restaurants • Golf, shopping, shows, etc. • An opportunity to sail outside to Little River inlet

  10. Georgetown to Charleston, SC Charleston • Georgetown = 46 nm from Little River (3 bridges) • Marina, restaurants, anchorages • 260 nm from New Bern • Charleston = 57 nm from Georgetown (1 bridge) • Many anchorages along the way • Charleston has everything! • A favorite destination!

  11. Charleston to Beaufort, SC Beaufort, SC • Beaufort = 60 nm from Charleston (1 bridge) • Waterfront Marina, restaurants, anchorages

  12. Beaufort to Savannah, GA Savannah • 40 nm from Beaufort • Stops along the way: • Hilton Head Island (22 nm from Beaufort) • Several marinas • Many anchorages • Thunderbolt Marina – shuttle to downtown

  13. Savannah to Fernandina Beach, FL Fernandina Beach • 122 nm from Savannah, 472 nm from NB • Stops along the way: Dist from Savannah • Isle of Hope (marina) 11 nm • Vernon River (anchorage) 18 nm • Many anchorages – • St. Simons Island (marina) 84 nm • Jekyll Island (marina) 95 nm • St Mary’s (marina) 120 nm • Ferry to Cumberland Island • Fernandina Beach… • Marina or anchor out • Lots of things to do, including ferry to Cumberland

  14. Cumberland Island Nat’l Seashore Cumberland Island • 120 nm from Savannah, 472 nm from NB

  15. Fernandina Beach to St. Augustine St Augustine • 52 nm from Fernandina B., 525 nm from NB • Stops along the way: • Jacksonville ( St. John’s River) • 20 nm south of Fernandina • All facilities, close to ICW • St. Augustine • Must stop! Spend several days! • Historic city, shopping, restaurants • Castillo de San Marcos, 17th Century Spanish Fort • Famous Bridge of Lions • Marina or anchor out

  16. St. Augustine St Augustine, 2 Bridge of Lions Flagler College Castillo de San Marcos

  17. St. Augustine to Points South Points South Distance from St Aug to: Vero Beach 145 nm Fort Pierce 158 nm Miami 260 nm Key West 400 nm