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Monday, 21 December 2015
CT to FL Day 30
Cocoa, FL to Fort Pierce, FL
We left Cocoa docks this morning at 0715. Destination for the day planned as Fort Pierce, FL.

Uneventful day... small current against us most of the day keeping us around 5.5 knots. We actually passed 2 boats today... with running on one engine everyone is passing us so it was kind of neat to actually pass a boat. Had a dozen pass us... several of the same ones that have been passing every day.

We arrived to Fort Pierce, FL and were securely docked at the Harbortown Marina at 1745. Our position for the night 27°28.013'N 080°19.631'W. We traveled today for 10 hours and 30 minutes covering 58.8 nautical miles averaging 5.6 knots.
Posted at 5:48 PM
Sunday, 20 December 2015
CT to FL Day 29
New Smyrna Beach, FL to Cocoa, FL
Wind howled all night long and it felt as if we were underway... so Susan slept like a baby... she's loves it when it's windy and the boat is rocking a bit. Woke at 0600 and the wind was still blowing.... not quite as bad but windy than we had anticipated.

We had one surprise that we had never had before on this dock... a homeless man arrived and set his house up for the night on the dock behind us. Fabricated out of cardboard and plastic not sure how he kept it from blowing away... of course Susan befriended him and gave him coffee in the morning....:)

We left New Smyrna Beach at 0710 and headed south... destination for today Cocoa, FL... one of my favorite stops... Ryan's Village Pizza... absolutely love the place. They moved to a new larger location since our last visit so this will be a whole new experience tonight. We will also be joined one of my friends from high school... Dennis Wilt... he going to drive up from the Sebastian area. It will be great to see him.

We did have some interesting interaction today with a sailboat... they kept passing us... stopping ahead of us and then passing us again... not a big deal except for the fact that they were motor sailing and would pass without giving us any notification and very very close to us... so close one time that his jib actually touched the railings around the pilothouse of SAILS. Tried to let him know he was way to close but they were French and did not understand English... :( I took a photo of his final pass where he was about 10 feet away. He finally made it past us and stayed ahead of us.

We had a few boats pass us that have been passing us every day... they must be cruising very short days for us to keep getting ahead of them... it's really funny to see their faces as they pass us... I'm sure thinking how the heck did that boat get ahead of us again.

We arrived to Cocoa, FL and were securely docked at the city docks at 1510. Our position for the night 28°21.295'N, 80°43.331'W. We traveled today for 8 hours covering 45 nautical miles averaging 5.6 knots.
Posted at 3:20 PM
Saturday, 19 December 2015
CT to FL Day 28
Marineland, FL to New Smyrna Beach, FL
We left from Marineland Marina this morning at 0745. It was a little tough getting away from the dock and turned around as we were sitting on the bottom. We churned up a lot of mud got turned around and headed out their channel to the ICW.

Very windy today... although it had no effect on us in the ICW other than a little wind noise... 20-25 knots most of the day. WE also had the current in our favor today keeping us 6 to 7 knots until Daytona Beach where we had things turn against us and back to 4.5 to 5.5 knots... the one final boost when we passed the Inlet at New Smyrna Beach and we zipped along at over 7 knots the last few miles to our stop for the night at the city docks in New Smyrna.

We were securely docked at 1500. Our position for the night 29°01.471'N, 80°55.138'W. We traveled today for 7 hours and 15 minutes covering 43.7 nautical miles averaging 6.0 knots.

After docking we had the pleasure of having Peter and Charlotte Behr visit us aboard SAILS. They are great friends and we try to stop and see then as we pass through the area. Unfortunately, they had prior plans for the evening and we only were able to have a short visit. Charlotte wanted to take Lily home with her.... :)
Posted at 4:46 PM
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