St. Patrick’s Day Sail to St. Augustine
The warmer weather encouraged Oyster Bay Yacht Club boat owners to head out on several adventures worth noting.
For St. Patrick’s Day a contingency headed to St. Augustine. Most boats left the yacht club on Thursday morning, to enjoy the holiday festivities planned for St. Augustine, as dockage was at the city marina in the fun downtown area.
The weather cooperated and all enjoyed a sunny day’s travel on the ICW. Boats varied in size from 22’ to over 40’, all traveled at their own chosen pace, easy going, quick and breezy, or a combination of both, obeyed “no wake” zones, watched for manatees and showed respect for home owners’ docks along the 6 mile “ditch” in Ponte Vedra.
Arrival at the marina was staggered, the harbor master efficiently assigned us our slips and helpful dock staff secured us for our stay. The entire group settled in and appetizers and beverages were brought out from the galleys to refresh us after our journey through the midday hours. Quickly befriending all those sharing the docks with us, the festivities continued until we headed out to dinner at local eateries.
Some crews stayed onboard while others headed to a nearby B & B, hotel or motel. Friday and Saturday, everyone was on their own to explore the many streets of downtown, eat breakfast or brunch at cute restaurants and do some shopping. Some crews arrived on Friday and quickly melted into the party atmosphere. As a group we pre-planned a cookout for Friday’s evening meal. What an array of foods, no one left hungry! Saturday and Sunday mornings saw all crews safely return home to Oyster Bay.
By Barb Gustafson