Adventuring with Aurora

Vessel Name: Aurora
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis
Hailing Port: Baltimore MD
29 January 2017 | Peck Lake, FL
25 January 2017 | Cape Canaveral, FL
20 January 2017 | Palm Coast, FL
20 January 2017 | Palm Coast, FL
15 January 2017 | North of St. Augustine, FL
13 January 2017 | St. John's River FL
13 January 2017 | St. John's River FL
07 December 2016 | Fernandina Beach, FL
06 December 2016 | Fernandina Beach, FL
04 December 2016 | Fernandina Beach FL
04 December 2016 | Fernandina Beach FL
04 December 2016 | Fernandina Beach FL
04 December 2016 | Fernandina Beach FL
01 December 2016 | St. Simon Sound
27 November 2016 | Savannah area, ICW
25 November 2016 | Hilton Head Is
21 November 2016 | South Carolina Low Country, mile #500
19 November 2016 | Charleston, SC
17 November 2016 | Waccamaw River SC
15 November 2016 | Calabash River, SC
Recent Blog Posts
29 January 2017 | Peck Lake, FL

Sunshine State?

We have been fortunate in fair weather, but not today! This was a socks and foul weather gear morning that improved not at all as we left Vero Beach and made our way south through fog and steady rain. By the time we dropped the anchor at 4:00 PM the accumulated salt on the cockpit surround and bird [...]

25 January 2017 | Cape Canaveral, FL

On the ICW in Florida

Blue skies and bright sun (most of the time) mean lots and lots of boats in all types and sizes here. As we head south down the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River, we are surrounded by water that is less than 5' deep, so we and most other sailboats must stick to the dredged ICW channel. Our power boating [...]

20 January 2017 | Palm Coast, FL

Farewell to St. Augustine

This morning we said goodbye to the oldest town in the country and started south down the ICW once more. St. Augustine is small and charming! With the boat tied to a mooring ball off the city marina, we took the dinghy into town for several days of strolling old streets, reading historical markers, sampling good restaurants and doing some hardcore tourist things. You just can't be there and skip the old fort, Henry Flagler's hotel-turned-college, and the sightseeing trolley! And when the sun went down, we had a perfect spot in the cockpit for wine and the view of the waterfront's holiday lights. We won't return by boat, but there are roads and an airport. . .

20 January 2017 | Palm Coast, FL

Farewell to St. Augustine

This morning we said goodbye to the oldest town in the country and started south down the ICW once more. St. Augustine is small and charming! With the boat tied to a mooring ball off the city marina, we took the dinghy into town for several days of strolling old streets, reading historical markers, sampling good restaurants and doing some hardcore tourist things. You just can't be there and skip the old fort, Henry Flagler's hotel-turned-college, and the sightseeing trolley! And when the sun went down, we had a perfect spot in the cockpit for wine and the view of the waterfront's holiday lights. We won't return by boat, but there are roads and an airport. . .

15 January 2017 | North of St. Augustine, FL

The last sailboat heading south

We spent last night at anchor next to the marshland north of St. Augustine with a southbound trawler our only company. There were plenty of small fishing boats buzzing around us during the day, but only a few sizable trawlers headed south on the ICW and not another single hull sailboat. Hello?? Hello?? [...]

13 January 2017 | St. John's River FL

Goodbye and Hello

We have returned to Florida after a warm, wonderful Holiday visit with family and friends. Santa even brought us a new grandson on the 22nd!

Sunshine State?

29 January 2017 | Peck Lake, FL
Meg Conners / wet and chilly
We have been fortunate in fair weather, but not today! This was a socks and foul weather gear morning that improved not at all as we left Vero Beach and made our way south through fog and steady rain. By the time we dropped the anchor at 4:00 PM the accumulated salt on the cockpit surround and bird poop on the deck were rinsed clean, saving gallons of fresh water from the tanks and lots of elbow grease on the part of the crew. And the only bridge tender on this part of the ICW sounded like he had been snoozing when we called him for an opening mid-morning. Not much boat traffic on a chilly, wet Sunday morning!
The forecast calls for sun for the next several days, good news for stopping at Lake Worth (West Palm Beach) for provisioning before heading east to The Bahamas. Don't forget your sunscreen!

On the ICW in Florida

25 January 2017 | Cape Canaveral, FL
Meg Conners / warm and sunny
Blue skies and bright sun (most of the time) mean lots and lots of boats in all types and sizes here. As we head south down the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River, we are surrounded by water that is less than 5' deep, so we and most other sailboats must stick to the dredged ICW channel. Our power boating neighbors with shallow drafts, on the other hand, can go everywhere! No matter: most stay in the channel and many find it amusing to pass us close and fast. Think an interstate full of 16-year-old boys (yes, these are nearly all males at the helm) in a souped up car with a new driver's license.
As we bounce through their wakes we smile and wave, all the while gritting our teeth and resisting using only one of our fingers. Can't the fools read? There are signs everywhere asking for slow speed/no wake because we're in a manatee zone. And it's rude and dangerous!
I'm sure that most of these folks are lovely people on land, but what is it about getting behind the wheel of a power boat in Florida?

Farewell to St. Augustine

20 January 2017 | Palm Coast, FL
Meg Conners / Foggy, cool
This morning we said goodbye to the oldest town in the country and started south down the ICW once more. St. Augustine is small and charming! With the boat tied to a mooring ball off the city marina, we took the dinghy into town for several days of strolling old streets, reading historical markers, sampling good restaurants and doing some hardcore tourist things. You just can't be there and skip the old fort, Henry Flagler's hotel-turned-college, and the sightseeing trolley! And when the sun went down, we had a perfect spot in the cockpit for wine and the view of the waterfront's holiday lights. We won't return by boat, but there are roads and an airport. . .

Farewell to St. Augustine

20 January 2017 | Palm Coast, FL
Meg Conners / Foggy, cool
This morning we said goodbye to the oldest town in the country and started south down the ICW once more. St. Augustine is small and charming! With the boat tied to a mooring ball off the city marina, we took the dinghy into town for several days of strolling old streets, reading historical markers, sampling good restaurants and doing some hardcore tourist things. You just can't be there and skip the old fort, Henry Flagler's hotel-turned-college, and the sightseeing trolley! And when the sun went down, we had a perfect spot in the cockpit for wine and the view of the waterfront's holiday lights. We won't return by boat, but there are roads and an airport. . .

The last sailboat heading south

15 January 2017 | North of St. Augustine, FL
Meg Conners/overcast, warm
We spent last night at anchor next to the marshland north of St. Augustine with a southbound trawler our only company. There were plenty of small fishing boats buzzing around us during the day, but only a few sizable trawlers headed south on the ICW and not another single hull sailboat. Hello?? Hello?? Are we too late to the party?
Activity on the eastern shoreline includes a rowing club ready for a Sunday workout. Look for matching orange T shirts in the picture.

Goodbye and Hello

13 January 2017 | St. John's River FL
Meg Conners / sunny and warm
We have returned to Florida after a warm, wonderful Holiday visit with family and friends. Santa even brought us a new grandson on the 22nd!
Leaving Pennsylvania to return to the sunny South was not as easy as it seems, knowing that we would be away until the end of April. The checklist: mail pickup and snow shoveling (college student living next door), paying monthly bills (online), filing 2016 taxes (request an extension), newspaper (vacation hold), four months of medications (no CVS in The Bahamas, so hours on the phone with the insurance folks, groveling for a vacation override), etc. I'm sure there is something we forgot, but it will just have to wait until we return!
Hello to Aurora was pretty smooth: rental car from airport to boat and grocery store for provisioning, pay marina for storage and fresh coat of bottom paint. Done!
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