Autumn Borne Cruising

CSY-44 Antigua - Hull 001

Daytona to Pine Island (North of ST. AUG.)

08 May 2019 | Pine Island -- North of St. Aug
Dean Perry
8 May 2019 -- Daytona to Pine Island (north of St. Aug)
Early rise… decent anchor pull time… 0730 hours… and underway… toward St. Augustine… from Daytona beach area… (Seabreeze anchorage)….
We were, pretty much, alone last night, at the Seabreeze anchorage…. One s/v came in just before dark, and anchored quite a distance from us… NO anchor lights, and rope rode… so I’m sort of glad he was a fair distance away….
The day was an easy one, as far as AICW days go…. No shoaling… and an easy passage at the Matanzas FORT….
The ONLY really “THRILLING” part of the day came at the passage through the Bridge Of Lions… where only one (the east) leaf was operable…. Normally a singly leaf would not be a problem for most sailing vessels.. .BUT this current was unbelievable strong….
A s/v called “BI-Frost”… passed through just before us… and I could see HE was having tremendous problems…. Then it was our turn…. And I quickly realized what “Bi-frosts” problem was… The current was sweeping US BOTH into the non-operable LEAF… WE missed it by inches…. Powering through at max throttle at the very end…. Wow….
Then came the “in-famous” rounding of the “60” buoy, to get from St. Augustine channels to the Villano channels…. (where you have to practically “go TO SEA” and then come back INTO the harbor… to make the correct channel….
That being accomplished, Both Susan and I were ready for HAPPY Hour right then…. BUT we decided it was too early to quit for the day… SO motor-sailed another 10 miles to PINE Island… anchorage..
Anchor Down 1720…. About 10 hours OF ICW travel… enough !!! Happy Hour is upon us…
Tomorrow, (touch wood here) will our last day in FLORIDA…. Then we’ll look seriously for a weather window for an outside passage…. IF NOT… We’ll bite the bullet and do some GA….. (yeah I know !!! )
Yesterday…. I failed to write about the “idiots” out here in speed boats… As we were approaching New Smyrna Beach… there was a black speed boat in front of us… with what I thought was a water-skier behind the boat…. He kept stopping and crossing the channel in front of us when the “skier” would fall. AS we got closer and closer… WE finally could see the gentleman behind the boat was NOT a skier but a “SURFER”…. Literally RIDING the wake in back of the “ski-boat”… 6 feet IN BACK of the ski-boat…
WELL… the last time the “surfer” FELL… he fell not ONE boat length in front of AB…. Fortunately I had enough room to JOG around them…. Why they didn’t go the other way…. Is beyond me… they KEPT speeding UP and going IN FRONT of the AB…. ( perhaps thrills ????? ) DUMB!!!
OK…. Tme for conch blowing …. Sundown…
Vessel Name: Autumn Borne
Vessel Make/Model: CSY-44-Antigua
Hailing Port: Buffalo, New York
Crew: Dean and Susan Perry
About: Full time cruisers for 14 years, now. We cruise about 3500 nautical miles each season, from the top of the Hudson River (NY) to either the FL keys; the Bahamas; or the west side of FL, for the Winters.
Extra: Our CSY-44-Antigua is hull #001.
Autumn Borne's Photos - Main
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photos from our past, and hopefully from our sixth year 'out'.
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Created 16 September 2012