The wind finally died down after midnight last night and we had a peaceful evening on the hook in Daytona. Ian and Sharon braved the wind chop and came over for an evening of Euchre. It was cool to play with some veterans. Wayne and Jill - we have some tricks to show you now.
We left early to make the bridges in Daytona before their schedules kicked in and we had to run 54 miles which is a LONG day. We left in a pack of boats - probably a dozen in all spread into 3 groups. Unfortunately the morning was marred by Ian on Celtic Cross running aground at the main St bridge and had to call Boat/US to get off. Love that tow insurance!!
We had a nice run to Palm Coast where we went into the marina and filled with Diesel - 28 gallons and topped off water - about 50 gallons. Water is free here and diesel was $2.02 a gallon.
Back on the waterway we had both favorable wind for part of the way - to the Matanzas Inlet and current the rest of the way - 7+ kts!! We made St Augustine by 3:30pm. Not a bad run and a bit crowded but the hook stuck first time and the spacing looks good.
We will stay here certainly for tomorrow and maybe a day or 2 longer.
Everyone is whipped tonight plus the sea breeze is still blowing hard so we will wait till tomorrow to head to town and probably spend the whole day there.