After a lovely week visiting friends, watching a rocket launch, and exploring the insanely expensive (but cool) world of Universal Studios, we cast off our lines for points south. We left Titusville on Thursday morning and motor sailed down to Melbourne where we stayed the night at a marina. We also got to have dinner and final goodbyes to our friends Mark and Jodi who live just a few miles away from the marina we found. It was so nice to see them before we departed the area.
Yesterday, Friday, we headed south once again and made it here to Vero Beach. Vero Beach is a beautiful town filled with lots of shops, restaurants, and many million(s) dollar homes. I did a quick Wikipedia search and discovered that Vero Beach is of the top 6 wealthiest cities in Florida and it’s in the top 100 in the US. It shows.
Our journey down here was kind of a treat as the winds were favorable for sailing! Sailing on the ICW is usually not very practical because of the narrow channels and shoaling hazards. The particular stretch of the Indian River between Melbourne and Vero Beach is very straight and the winds were blowing in just the right direction and just the right speed to knock about an hour off of our trip. Nice.
As I write this from the comfort of bed I am thinking about how close we are to taking a couple of months off on a mooring ball in Coconut Grove, Florida. If all goes well we should be in the Miami/Coconut Grove area by Monday afternoon. It’s been a wonderful journey up to this point but I am tired of motoring down the waterway. It’s time for a break and some time to prep the boat for offshore passages. We’ve come a long way but we are just getting started!