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North of St. Augustine FLJill / SE winds at 10 to 15 kts
03/08/2012, Pine Island off Tolomato River
Motor sailed with the jib most of the day. The sail helped with our speed since the winds were behind us and the strong current was against us. Traveled only 32 miles with 2 bridge openings. Anchored in an oxbow behind picturesque Pine Island with trees and marshland and birds. This will probably be our last anchorage in Florida on this trip.
Marineland FLJill / 4 days of gusty 15 to 25 kt winds
03/08/2012, Marineland Marina on Matanzas River
A cold front arrived over the weekend bringing strong gusty winds and temps in the mid 60's. So much for wearing shorts and tank tops! Went for several dinghy rides around the creeks and walked on several small islands in Faver-Dykes State Park. Went for a guided walk on the River to Sea Preserve trail by Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM NERR) and later biked 5 miles to Publix for reprovisioning. Biked to Mala Compra Greenway and walked on the hiking trail thru maritime oak hammocks and ocean scrub. Walked along the ocean several times a day enjoying the sounds of the surf, the wide sandy beach and walking on the coquina rocks. As you can see, there is an abundance of natural beauty around Marineland!
Marineland FLJill / 84, sunny, gusty SW to NW 10 to 15 kt winds on Thu
03/03/2012, Marineland Marina on Matanzas River
After leaving populated Daytona Beach Thursday morning, we noticed the forests have smaller palm trees, there's alot of undeveloped land, and there are many nice waterfront parks along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). Motor sailed most of the day. Stopped at Marineland Marina to get a slip for one night since the dockage is only $1 per foot. We were planning to leave for St. Augustine the following morning. After walking along a nature trail and across the road to a beautiful sandy beach by the ocean, we were hooked. Friday morning, we paid for a week since weekly dockage is only $3.50 per foot. Very good price!
Daytona Beach FLJill / 82, sunny, SE winds 5 to 10 kts
03/03/2012, Seabreeze on Indian River
Winds were light so we raised our sails and motor sailed after leaving our anchorage in Titusville Wednesday morning. It's always nice to get an extra boost from the wind for both our speed and fuel consumption even though it's still noisy. We saw coastal towns and marshes and mangroves; sailboats, runabouts, kayaks, pontoon boats and air boats; high rises and sport fishing boats near more populated towns; and our favorite was watching dolphins swimming and pelicans and various birds diving for fish and swallowing their catch. Traveled 57 miles with 4 bridge openings and a fuel stop. Anchored near the fixed bridges in Seabreeze. Nice long day on the water.
South of Titusville FLJill
02/28/2012, Addison Point near NASA Causeway Bridge
Motor sailed most of the day and saw dolphins and cormorants and pelicans along the way. Anchored along the causeway after going thru the NASA Causeway Bridge. Traveled 68 miles in 10-3/4 hours - the longest day of our trip so far!
Heading northJill / NE winds at 10 to 15 knots
02/28/2012, Indian River
It's time to start our trip home and we're hoping to have a couple of nice long days on the water. We left the mooring field in Vero Beach this morning and are motor sailing on Indian River. The sun is out, winds are blowing, mainsail is raised and the waves are a light chop. Looks like it's going to be a good day!