During my trp to the sunny shores of Marathon Key, Florida I ventured offshore to bypass the Georga segment of the ICW. I went out at the southern end of Paris Island, Captain Melissia was by my side, and when we were about 12 miles offshore, we set a course for Saint Augustine, Florida. Unfortunately, the wind gods didn't want us to sail that course, consequently, we ended up about 35 miles offshore and sailing southwesterly toward the Bahamas.
During the entire overnight segment of the trip, we never encountered a single commercial vessel. We did see one other boat, which was about 10 to 12 miles southeast of us, but that was the only boat we saw throughout the entire night. This was one of those nights where you could have just lowered the sails and slept for a couple hours without any worries. Of course, being a worry-wart, I wouldn't have been able to sleep a wink, despite the conditions.