Twenty boats on a holiday weekend needing dockage at the marina in the tourist destination of Fernandina Beach?? You’re asking for what?? But Fernandina Harbor Marina, with dockage in the historic village on Amelia Island, was our preferred stop as we entered Florida waters.
Dockmaster Kevin Little and his staff started working the problem months in advance, shuffling boats and reservations. In the end they accommodated all 17 of our remaining boats! We’re down three boats now: s/v Providence and s/v Skye concluded their ICW trip in the Golden Isles area. And s/v Britanya threw an engine rod on the way here, getting towed back to Golden Isles—we apologize for that unanticipated last-minute cancellation! So we still arrived with an impressive cumulative LOA needing places to tie up. A big thank you to Kevin Little and Jay Williams for the welcome—and the Rally discount dockage, which we greatly appreciate!
We were sharing dock space with some incredible boats. Here is s/v Ithaka, looking like they were working on a dive job with the hanging wet suit and their stern ladder down, docked next to m/v Diamond, a $35-million 116-foot megayacht.
When the fleet clears out tomorrow, Kevin and Jay will be making room for American Cruise Lines‘ American Glory and Independence ships. And no wonder – there is much to see right near the marina. Today, the fleet stayed busy walking the many shops, going out to lunch, browsing the farmers’ market, listening to the street music, biking Fort Clinch State Park, or walking to the beach. Here are the crews of s/v Kinship and s/v Foreign Affair as they toured Fort Clinch. Tomorrow it’s on to more forts, as the fleet heads toward historic St. Augustine to moor or dock near the Spanish fort, Castillo de San Marcos.