Saturday, January 26, 2013

1st Day

Leaving St. Augustine 
January 23rd - Happy 17th Birthday Maddie!  
Now we're 52 miles from St Augustine, made it to Daytona in 8 hours.
It was cold when we left at dawn, slipping off the dock into the quiet slack tide, only the osprey and herons protesting our passage.
Lew was at the helm all day while I read, napped, made lunches, etc.  Dolphins rolled in the water around us now and then.  Pelicans were hunkered on their docks or pilings, keeping warm.  

But the afternoon warmed up.  Fifty miles makes quite a difference in temperature.  Once we dropped the hook in Daytona's ICW, my work started… cleaning the outside windows/hatches of months of dust, beginning to clean the fenders of grime and sea vegetation, and washing at least half the isinglass in the cockpit so Lew can see better tomorrow.  Now it's 5:15 and I've decided to take a break while the generator gives me the juice to work on my laptop.  NO email today - I can't get onto any WIFI until we get to Vero.  Hopefully tonight will be warmer than last night!  It should be.

This afternoon I'm pretty sure I was hearing a race at the Daytona Speedway to the west.  Lots of shore noise, engines revving on the turns I think -  for a long time.  Now Lew is grumbling about the generator - it's leaking water and shut off too soon.  It's always something!  So I'll close for now.

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