Tuesday, January 13 — We left the marina at 8 a.m. and headed back down the ICW. Nice bright cool morning. This is another pretty part of the inside passage through the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Reserve and the Canaveral National Seashore.
A nice breeze from the northwest allowed us to sail the narrow channel with just the jib.
Just near Haulover canal, thick fog set in and we lost sight of the channel markers and ran hard aground. It didn’t take much to get off, but scary nonetheless. We found the channel markers for the canal, went through the draw bridge and headed back south around Cape Canaveral.
Once the fog lifted, it was a warm and sunny day, and the wind continued to strengthened, pushing us nicely towards our anchorage. Just after dusk, the wind was blowing from the north at 20-plus knots. We anchored on the lee side of Melbourne bridge, hoping to get some protection from the wind and waves. It was a bit rocky, but a nice anchorage all the same.
The morning met us with strong northerlies, overcast and moderate chop on the ICW. The passage to Vero Beach is mostly straight and rural. With just the jib flying, our speed was quick, 6 to 7 knots the entire way into Vero. In early afternoon, the clouds gave way to a nice bright and warm day as we settled into our slip at Vero Beach City Marina. Nice day.