Sail to St. Augustine
St. Augustine inlet at sunset.
On our trip south we have met a lot of cruisers headed to St. Augustine. Oddly enough we found everyone that had mentioned going there grouped together in the city mooring field; Rough Draft, Second Wind, Salty Paws, and Sunnyside. We decided to save money and anchor out in the harbor across from Castillo de San Marcos. Turned out to be a relatively calm anchorage with plenty of water under the keel.
View from Castillo de San Marcos during a pirate battle. (From right to left) Pirate ship, Sarah, Shrimper. Sarah looks so small sometimes.
Over the past few weeks I felt like I have been neglecting Sarah, so the first day was spent changing the engine oil, tightening hose clamps and basically cleaning her up. The second day we went into town, found a great second hand marine store, the sailors exchange and then took advantage of some insane happy hour deals downtown. Draft beers at Scarlett O'haras, buy one get one free! The pizza place topped it with a buy one get one on draft beers plus a free slice of pizza. No wonder cruisers love this town. Although, we were not liking the $10 a day dinghy dock fee so we made it a short stay and left the next morning to sail to Ft. Pierce… it was smooth sailing right up until the Ft. Pierce Inlet.
Allyson and tater-tot were kicked off the boat for engine work.