New Year's Eve Under the Stars

12/31 Monday, 1124.0, 81/64, partly cloudy, SE20>10-15 - We left Palm Coast Marina soon after sunrise, again motoring south but today with a 20-knot breeze hard on the nose. We saw bum boats in every viable anchorage we passed - there are only a few in this stretch, which makes it frustrating for cruisers who’d like to stop for the night. It’s warm, which is nice. Our anchorage destination in New Smyrna Beach was clogged with bum boats, and there were rowdy drunks and speeding powerboats in abundance. I called the municipal marina but they were full, not surprisingly, it being New Year’s Eve. We continued on. We tried pulling off in several places along the stretch between New Smyrna Beach and Mosquito Lagoon but none panned out - too shallow. We came down to Skipper Bob’s “East at G19” anchorage in Mosquito Lagoon and found another cruiser anchored here - an Island Packet in our size range (plus a bum boat). An open roadstead anchorage in a 20-knot breeze whipping up chop is not what I’d typically go for, but between it and continuing on to Titusville in the dark, it’s perfect. Any port in a storm! We’re riding comfortably enough and we have company. I made spaghetti with sausage for dinner, and after we sat in the cockpit gazing up at the stars, drinking wine, and eating chocolate.

Suzanne FrybergerComment