SCYC Cruise to St. Augustine, FL , March 2016
by Janet Schamback
DAY ONE: Thursday, March 17, 2016 OFF to Melbourne! 70 miles
Ten boats carrying 22 people, 3 dogs and 1 cat left this morning for Melbourne. It was a gorgeous day and the cruise up to Melbourne was smooth as glass. There were St. Patrick’s Day celebrations upon arrival. Good to be together on the water!
DAY TWO: Friday, March 18, 2016 – Melbourne to Daytona Marina – 77 miles
The dolphins, manatees, birds and boaters were everywhere and the water was perfect! It was a glorious day for cruising. One of our members sang Happy Birthday to another on the radio while we were underway! Nice job! We all arrived safely and ready to celebrate that birthday in Daytona at the Chart House for dinner. Everyone relaxed and rejuvenated for our cruise to St. Augustine tomorrow.
Day Three: March 19, 2016 – Melbourne To St. Augustine – 46 miles
Saturday morning we were away from the dock early with no wind. Another beautiful cruising day. We arrived in St. Augustine by lunchtime and our cruise captains began preparing for our Rum Tasting & Happy Hour on the dock that afternoon. By 6 PM our dock was filled with SCYC members, many who drove up to join the party! All were ready to enjoy tasting Rums provided by our own Rum Connoisseur. What a treat. Everyone contributed to a great dinner of heavy appetizers on the dock. The food was amazing and the evening was full of laughter.
DAY FOUR: Sunday March 20, 2016 St. Augustine
Today St. Augustine held their Blessing of the Fleet. We couldn’t have been luckier; the ceremony was held on our dock right in front of two of our SCYC boats. It was quite a spectacular event with a Priest and his entourage dressed in costumes of earlier times parading through town and on to the docks. We had the best seats in the house!
Forty-six SCYC members met for dinner at The Columbia in Old Town St. Augustine. Another great evening with good food and good conversation with friends. Ah, the boating life!
DAY FIVE: March 21, 2016 St. Augustine
This has been a day for sight-seeing, relaxing and preparing for travel tomorrow. One of our group found us all a great restaurant right across the street from the marina to have a last dinner in St. Augustine together. We had another great evening filled with fun and friendship. The “Iron Dinghy” people, who had stayed on, said their goodbyes.
DAY SEVEN: March 22, 2016, Cruise to Inlet Harbor, Ponce Inlet – 54.2 miles
The morning started out with calm winds, flat seas & sunshine! Awesome way to begin the day. A couple of boats had some mechanical problems and had to cruise slowly today but, all made it happily to Inlet Harbor. The marina was crowded but managed to get us all “tucked” in. There was time for a short nap, shopping at the gift shop, docktails & ladies Majong!
We met for dinner at the only restaurant around. There were more tall tales and a few tall cocktails.
The REAL DAY SEVEN: March 23, 2016, To Cocoa Village Marina – 52 mi
We were up and under way early so we could enjoy some time in Cocoa Village before gathering for one of our infamous SCYC Potluck Dinners, As always, the food was excellent and plentiful! Once again there was lots of laughter and good conversation.
Since two of our boats are heading home tomorrow, we gave our cruise captains a gift to show our appreciation for putting this wonderful cruise together. A HUGE thank you to you both from all of us! It’s been an awesome trip and gave us all the opportunity to enjoy many new ports.
DAY EIGHT: March 24, 2016, Cocoa Village Marina
Today was a day for shopping, relaxing and a little researching. One of our members went to the Historical Society Headquarters and found the deed for the purchase of 59 acres in New Smyrna Beach by his great-great Grandfather in the late 1880’s! Later we all met for one last group dinner at Cafe Margaux. Excellent choice! The food was tasty and the presentation was beautiful. Another toast to our cruise captains for the fantastic job putting this trip together.
DAY NINE: March 25, 2016, back home to Stuart – 85 mi
Five boats left early this morning and made it home before the rain started. Three stayed on in Cocoa Village; two to continue the party for one more day and one to wait for repairs.
And so marks the end of another great SCYC cruise.