Our Horn Island Voyage
The weather warmed up with a forecast to continue, so we departed Bon
Fouca Marina March 5th for Horn Island. Unfortunately we had to play
power boat to get though the bridges and the Rigolets. Got a bit of a
late start and anchored out of the channel just out of the Rigolets.
Light winds the next morning and from ahead, but we were able to
motorsail to Horn.
It was a bit COLD the first day. Note Cathy has on
Katrina did some damage, but really not all that much. The trees in the
widely spaced areas lost their branches, but the dense forest areas
Along the trail across the island. Before Katrina one could walk to the
Gulf side, but now there's tall marsh grass just before the Gulf.
Valkyrie is anchored about 1/4 mile out. The water out there is about
18 ft. deep, then rapidly shallows up to 8 ft. and less. The drill is
to creep in until the bottom sharply rises, then back off a couple
On the Mississippi Sound side.
Resting on the Gulf side.
St. Croix is thataway!
One of the lakes on the
There she goes, pointing
again... De Boat! De Boat!
Some guys Cathy found - I couldn't find any gals!
They're from St. Louis, Missouri, and spent a week camping out.
Adam, Tim, Joe and Zach.
A guide brought them there and picked them up. Very nice folks!
Tim and Zach braved the big water and paddled out to 'Valkyrie'
in the inflatable kayak.
The weather forecast was for North winds and colder, so we departed
Horn Island March 10th. The wind was light so only making about 4 kts.
Then, as expected, it shifted to Southwest so we were back again to
beating into it. Then it mostly died so we motorsailed. I'm going to
start a cruising service. Tell me which way you want to go and
I'll set sail in the opposite direction. Guaranteed you'll have
the wind at your back!
Anchored for the night off Pokey Dutch. Never heard of it, but it's
supposed to be a little island East of the Rigolets. Couldn't see any
island. Another sailboat, 'Mirage' anchored near us.
The next day, we motored into the Rigolets and found the railroad
bridge stuck. They were converting it from hydraulic to electric. The
bridge tender told us they should be able to open in about an
We circled for a while, then dropped the hook. Three hours later the
tender called us and said there was a problem with one of the new
motors and it might be a long while. During this 'Mirage' arrived.
At the suggestion of the bridge tender we decided to go around the
bridge via the Pearl River. 'Mirage' kind of led us and acted as a
"remote fathometer", calling us when the water shallowed. Three hours
and 15 NM later, we came out right on the other side of the railroad
bridge - a total SIX HOUR delay. But we made it back to the marina
about 6:20 PM.