Over Hill Sailing Club
Trying to hit the currents just right in the ICW is always a hit or miss situation. When the current is coming in the inlets, it is difficult to know where the "break" is situated between inlets. Current data is very limited via NOAA current tables and has little to do with the current a couple of miles from any inlet. Having traveled the Florida section a number of times in the last few years, I have a bit of an idea now how to avoid running against currents in specific areas. An hour one way or the other can make a big difference. It would be nice to see current charts such as those for the East River, Race in Eldridge. Has anyone seen charts like this for the ICW? If not, this might be a good venue to put together some local knowledge. Here's an example: Traveling south, plan to hit the ICW intersection with the St. Johns River just before slack low so as to ride the incoming tide south. Avoid trying to run against very strong current at Pablo Creek Bridge. This is just from memory but I have a lot of specific current notes on the boat which I'd be glad to compile somewhere.