We were up very early Tuesday morning for the long run on the outside to Brunswick, Georgia. By 6 am, we were underway. It was barely nautical twilight and Adrienne at the helm had a hard time seeing. The Christmas lights in the narrow harbor were very bright and destroyed her night vision. We came much closer to the sea wall than Adrienne wanted, but she soon had us out into the channel. Unfortunately, the channel markers did not have lights and there were a number of crab pots. I stayed on the bow as an extra set of eyes while Adrienne followed the line we had taken the previous day to enter Hilton Head. While it was somewhat nerve-racking, by 7:30 am we were in the Atlantic Ocean heading for Brunswick.
It was a cool, cloudy, grey day on the ocean. It started to rain, so Adrienne went up to cover the flybridge instruments. Of course, it decided to pour just at that moment and Adrienne got soaked. The seas were rollers of 2-4 feet, not nearly as nice a day as the day before. However, as we headed south, the sky cleared a little and by 1:17 pm, we were at the entrance to St. Simons Channel. Brunswick itself is about 10 nm from the St. Simons sea buoy, so it wasn’t until after 2:00pm that we were turning into the side channel that led to Brunswick and the Brunswick Landing Marina. The side channel was lined with commercial boats, some being loaded and some just sitting. By 2:30 pm, we were tied up. It hadn’t been a fun day at sea but it was not a bad day either.
After the obligatory washing of Curiosity, we headed into town. The marina was located only two blocks from downtown. Brunswick is a very attractive town, which unfortunately seems to have fallen on hard times. It has two main streets – one parallel to the water the other perpendicular. There are a number of very nice little parks along the streets, and it is clear that Brunswick has done a lot to beautify the city. Unfortunately, there were many empty store fronts, and several of the stores that seemed to be in business were closed. Brunswick had also decorated its trees with holiday lights, though not particularly well.
However, there was at least one good restaurant, Basil Thai and Sushi, which had been recommended by the two women who run Brunswick Landing Marina. Adrienne and I shared an appetizer of Summer Rolls, a pork salad Nam Sod, and the dinner special, Crispy Fried Duck. They were all good, though the duck was a little dry, and provided us plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. While not the best Thai food we have ever had, it was pretty good and we were amazed to find a good Thai restaurant in southern Georgia – guess that shows our prejudices.
After dinner, it was back to the boat. Our plan was to get up early and leave at high tide, so that we could take the inside route down to Fernandina Beach. We made it an early night and relaxed on the boat.