Posts Tagged ‘Cumberland Island’

Cool Thrills!

June 16th, 2016 by David Jones

Plan to get soaked!  This two-person catamaran boat ride called Backwater Adventures is good clean fun!  We took our teenager out the other day and joined Matt, our guide and a few other couples.  You navigate your own boat but stay in a group with three to six other boats while the guide boat takes you through the estuaries.  The boat skims along the surface at about 30 miles per hour (or as slow as you want to go)!  Matt took us to cool spots I’ve never seen before here on the island.  We went to about 3-4 different areas were dolphins were gathering, we saw the Dungeness Ruins on Cumberland Island from the water (beautiful), lots of water birds (even a Great Blue Heron) and stopped on Cumberland to walk around a bit.  The ride is exciting and relaxing at the same time and the scenery is spectacular!  Best of all you catch the ride down at the Marina, just seven blocks from the Blue Heron Inn!IMG_9065IMG_9064 IMG_9067 IMG_9085

Sailing Anyone?

February 19th, 2014 by David Jones

“This is the only place in the world where you can see a trident nuclear submarine and wild horses at the same time,” says Tony Jones, owner of Windward Sailing on Amelia Island.  Tony has four sailboats in the Marina here in Fernandina Beach that he operates for both his sailing school and private charters.  Tony always knew he loved sailing but when the Windward Sailing School went up for sale, (not sail) Tony knew he had that one chance in a lifetime.  Well, maybe his wife, Cindy did because she’s the one that told him to  “Go for it!”  That was nearly nine years ago.  Today, Tony divides his time pretty much equally between teaching sailing and running charters.  Popular charters include a two-hour sunset cruise and a three- or four-hour day cruise.  Recently his “St. Mary’s Lunch Cruise” has become very popular.  This five hour charter includes a two-hour sail to St. Mary’s, Georgia; a one-hour layover lunch at one of the popular marina restaurants there; and a two-hour sail back to Amelia Island.  The sailing school appeals to sailors of all levels.  If you’re just wondering what sailing is all about, the Introduction to Sailing, a three-hour course, might be right for you.  But if the sailing bug has already bitten, then you have several options to choose from: Basic Sailing, Coastal Cruising, and Bareboat Chartering.  All three separate courses award the American Sailing Association Certification and last two and half days each.  Participants spend some time in the classroom but according to Tony, most of the learning occurs right on the water.

And the best part of owning and operating Windward Sailing?  “Meeting people” and “introducing people to the love and thrill of sailing.”  You can read more about Tony and see more of what Windward Sailing offers by visiting windward sailing.com.  The Blue Heron Inn on Amelia Island offers sailing excursion packages with Tony and is just a short 7 block walk from the marina where Tony teaches.  Visit ameliaislandblueheroninn.com for more information.IMG_4946IMG_4605

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