Day 2: A Motor at Sea
16 March 2015 | Vilano Beach
We all got a few more hours of sleep. Did I mention that it was cold. Woke around 8 a.m. and for our first breakfast, the choices were toast and peanut butter, yogurt, cereal and fruit. It was around 10 before we hauled anchor and left the very buggy no-see-um Ft George Inlet. It was a cold breeze as we motored thru the Sisters Creek bridge opening back to the St Johns River to Mayport. Stopped at the marina for diesel fuel. Then hoisted the main and motor/sailed out onto the Atlantic Ocean heading south to St Augustine. We stayed 3 miles offshore. It was the smallest waves we have ever experienced. The wind was in the wrong direction to actually sail, but the ride was comfortable. The sun was shining and breeze was cool. The ocean was filled with translucent/brownish colored jelly fish, turtles (of all things), dolphins and birds to keep our attention. Very little other traffic to be found. Along the way we enjoyed lunch and even time for a hot sun shower. Some of us took a nap, which was nice. Our timing to the entrance of St Augustine was wonderful with winds behind us and high tide giving us speeds over 8 knots. We declined the City Marina who now charges for mooring balls where we used to anchor. So, instead, we anchored in a lovely and quiet spot off the Intracoastal Waterway in Vilano Beach. We enjoyed an SG&T (Sundowner Gin & Tonic) while watching the sun set. A delicious meal followed. Thanks to Chad and his family, we enjoyed a very nice Sonoma Chardonnay with our dinner. We are all glowing from the sun, wind and libations and looking forward to tomorrow's adventures.