Vero Beach is a milestone for cruisers and marks the end of the long slog south. Many, many cruisers meet here before staging for the Gulf Stream crossing, and for the delicious Cruisers Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner. We arrived 64 days after we left Shennecossett Yacht Club in Groton and here we are rafted with our SYC buddies, after traveling almost 1300 nautical miles. Vero Beach is an intersection for cruisers as people, to gather together and renew old friendships or make new ones.
Just like 2013, we had our own little Shennecossett YC reunion – Cutting Class, san cles, and us, Kindred Spirit. This time our SYC rendesvouz has a different profile with our trawler in the middle of the two sailboats. We may have the distinction of being the only “mixed” raft up. That’s what true friendship is.
Hanging out in Vero Beach gives us a chance to catch our breath. We mix our social times with chores and maintenance tasks. Our first week here was mixed with sun, plenty of rain showers and humidity that was way too high. Thank goodness there are things to do and people to play with.
We spied this American flag flying out in the water off the Vero beach. We pondered the possible significance of this flag that was attached to …..what??? Once again, my curiosity was quenched by Google and I found the story here.
The ritual of hoisting this flag was started in the 1990s by “Sailboat Dick.” Another guy, Mike, became familiar with the undertaking and would race Dick to be the first to put up the flag. Mike eventually “owned” the tradition using it to call attention to the delicate nature of ocean reefs. Five of Mike’s best friends carry on the ceremonious hoisting of the “boiler flag” on July 4th because they also love the sea. Why the name “Boiler Flag”? The S.S. Breconshire was an iron hulled steamship from London that ran aground on April 29, 1894 and was never freed. After over 120 years, the ship’s boiler remains lodged in the reef. On very calm ocean days, the boiler would supposedly “surface” and could be seen. Nowadays, it stays hidden until the flag marks it. “The flag remains flying in all weather. The friends agree to leave it out there till nature takes it down. After all, nature is the focus.”
There seems to be a lot of fixing and maintaining going on around here on all of the boats. Guys just love to have other guys around to study the problem or situation, talk it over in their own language, and then dig in and tear things apart. I try to listen (or act like I am listening), but I am also very glad there are other guys around to share my burden. 😉
So what chores do I do???? I do stuff, but I can’t take pictures of myself, right? Honestly, do you really want to see selfies of me cleaning the floors, the head, the galley, shaking out rugs……. Not nearly as exciting as Al’s stuff……………..But those things are just as important to the lifestyle. I’m also amazed at how much time this silly little blog absorbs! I just know that someday I will be sitting in my rocking chair reading the blog and reliving all of this. 😉
The next photo is a 1+ second video of a dolphin who slapped his tail as he swam past our boats. Click on the arrow —–
Vero Beach is a perfect place to use our bikes, especially since we will be here for a couple of weeks. There’s plenty of places to go to and plenty to see.
The rainy times have provided an opportunity for Al to test his potential water collection method. Water is precious, especially once we get to the Bahamas. Al’s idea began with the sunshade he made for the bow of the boat —–
The social times in Vero Beach are the best part of staying here for a while —-