The first mate was singing the Carpenter's song "Rainy Days and Mondays" today as we cruised north along the Atlantic coast to our anchorage at Matanzas Inlet, or Slaughter Inlet. The day started off much better than the day before since the wind had died down to a warm breeze. We knew that the weather forecast call for showers but nothing in the way of severe storms, so off we sailed under the red morning sunrise. About 2/3s of the way into our 51 mile passage the rain began to pour. It was raining straight down and hard, so hard we had to turn on the radar and slow down to idle speed and creep along in the Halifax River to our anchorage in Matanzas Inlet. As soon as we began our turn off the Halifax in to Matanzas Inlet, the rain stopped and the sun came out. That was an answered prayer because if the first mate had to go out to make ready the windless in preparation for dropping the hook, and get her hair wet, it would be a worse ending to an already blue day. We had our pick in the inlet as to where we anchored. The wind was calm and so was the water so we decided to stop just in front of an old Spanish Fort and anchor in 12 feet of water. It was high tide and there is a 3 foot tidal drop that would occur at midnight. As soon as we got settled another round of rain and rumbling thunder showers moved in and appears to be set-in for the whole night. Viridian got a needed freshwater washdown and we look forward to falling asleep to the sound of rain falling on the roof.
Today's passage took us from the Rockhouse River anchorage past the Ponce de Leon lighthouse, Wilbur-by-The-Sea, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Gamble Rogers SP, Flagler Beach, Beverly Beach, Painters Hill, Washington Oaks Gardens SP, and finally Marineland.
That's the news and here's a few views:
We are here
Blue dot is where we anchored across from the old fort ruins
Someone had a worse day
Calm water for a change
It was the calm before the storm
Old Fort Mantanzas Ruins
Rain all night
Rain nowhere else