Northbound 2021 – #3: Palm Coast, FL to St. Augustine, FL

Travel Summary

Conditions: Sunny and chilly, 63° to start, Sunny & breezy, 75° to finish.  Northeast winds 10-15 kts, moderate chop on the ICW 

Distance traveled: 21.4 nautical miles

Time underway: 2 hours 55 minutes

Average Speed:  7.9 kts

Max Speed: 9.4 kts

I was really getting used to lazy mornings while we were in Florida (Well Toto, I guess we aren’t in Kansas anymore).  We were up an out of the marina by 7:30 am .  Hard to believe for at least the past 25 years I was already at work by this time! LOL!

We had a very short trip today and moored in St. Augustine City moorings.  It was only about 22 miles but there were a lot of slow and no wake zones along the way. We were heading to catch a mooring in St. Augustine at the City marina. Unfortunately, this experience was not as smooth as the last time we moored here.  Due to the winds and current, it took me three tries with John maneuvering the boat to hook the mooring ball.  Whew!  Glad that is over.

We rested up a little bit and at noon, we caught the marina launch into town. We arrived and decided to take a walk into town.  The first thing we needed do was stop and get some lunch.  We stopped at Nero, and according to John and Stacy, the bartender was exceptional.  He told us that he suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome, which made for some heavy pours on the lunchtime refreshment.   

Anyway, after lunch we took a trolley ride around St. Augustine to take in some of the sights.  This included the Flagler College, the winery and the distillery. The architecture was outstanding.  What a beautiful city.

St. Augustine is a very historic town.  It was first colonized by the Spanish and there are still parts of the original fort that was constructed to protect the city, just inside of the inlet.

After walking around the fort, we got a little ice cream (there must be two dozen ice cream shops) and decided that we should take in some of the local sights before we stopped for a little liquid refreshment and people watching.

We had to catch the 6:00 pm (last of the day) water taxi back to the boat, but we both decided that this city is worth another stop for a couple of days in order to explore a little further.

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