Sv/Release hailed us on the radio. They left Cocoa Beach before us and were also heading for the Melbourne anchorage. We both decided to anchor on the NE side of the Melbourne bridge for two reasons. The first is because the winds are to blow out of the south and we'll be more protected at this point. Secondly, we will have a clear view to watch the rocket launch scheduled this evening at Cape Canaveral. At 12:15 I motored in behind Release and this time when Chuck dropped the anchor, it set immediately....go figure! Later in the afternoon, we had visitors spending the night with us....our friends Mighty Fine, another sailboat, Atatlantic, and a yacht.
|North of the Melbourne Bridge|
The Doyle chart guide said there was a small public sandy landing east of our boat. So, we ventured out in the dinghy to try and find this little spit of sand. As we motored along, we were beginning to doubt what we had read because all we could see were rocks and private property. Eventually we found the tiny bit of shore land that the guide referred to as a beach. LOL. It was only big enough for 2-3 dinghies which we soon proved when Ken, Francie, and Skipper showed up. Once landed, we all decided to walk to the 5 blocks to the ocean at Indialantic. The water was so blue and the waves were lazily rolling into the shore...just picture perfect! Kids and adults were swimming. Didn't anyone remember to tell them that it was December! With the temps being in the high 70's, why not enjoy the beach and ocean.
|Parrot that Chuck spotted|
|Ken, Francie, & Skipper|
|Flock of gulls|
The four of us wanted to be back at our boats in anticipation of the private Falcon rocket launch which was scheduled for 5:40 - 7:00. This rocket had been scheduled numerous times since Thanksgiving! We zoomed back to our boats... choppy on the south side of the bridge but much smoother on the north side. Craig invited us to watch from his upper deck thinking we'd have a great view. We weren't even sure where we should actually be looking...and then at 5:41 we saw a very large glow over the tree line. It appeared to be a big ball of flame. Wow, Wee!! and there was lift off and where were our cameras! The rocket seemed to be in slow motion and we all commented at the time that we wondered if everything was going as planned...or was there a problem. Up it kept going and we all sat there in amazement! It arced and kept climbing over the Atlantic until we could no longer see it. What an experience. This is our first live launch and what a view we had!!
Soon we went back to Happy Hours II....This cruising is so busy and tiring....but we love it.