Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 11-14-2012
Like Captains Diana and Mark, over the years, we have swung on the hook in the below described Indian River anchorage and watched all sorts of spacecraft being launched, including the now defunct space shuttle. All of these sights are of the “never fogotten” variety.
As Mark and Diana note, there is NO protection on these wide waters, so be sure there is a good forecast in the offing before committing to a stay on these waters. Otherwise, GO for it whenever a lunch is due!
An anchorage in the middle of nowhere … What’s the big deal?
Yep, Indian River Anchorage is a nondescript stopover with no protection and no shore access — but with the memories of a lifetime!
All you have to do is time your overnight stay with a rocket launch from nearby Kennedy Space Center.
There may be no nearby shore access or services, but you’re talking front row seats for the Cape Canaveral launches!
Fortunately, rocket launches only proceed with perfectly calm conditions, the same conditions you’ll want in order to stay at this unprotected anchorage along the Indian River at STM 882.2.
Located a full two statute miles off the ICW, there is a pocket of 7-foot depths in the middle of the incredibly wide Indian River (see the sample page from our AnchorGuide series below).
We’ll never see another shuttle launch like the one pictured here but there are three more launches currently scheduled for this year, two of them Atlas rockets!
Plan ahead by checking KSC’s rocket launch schedule at: http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/events.aspx
On November 13th an Atlas V rocket will launch the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, a U.S. military prototype spaceplane.
On December 6th an Atlas V rocket will launch a NASA communications satellite.
On December 15 a Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon spacecraft on a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station.
Pretty exciting stuff for a “boring” anchorage in the middle of the Indian River!
Best and see you On the Water,
Captains Mark & Diana Doyle
We have had the same great view for the last four launches from our slip at the Cocoa Village Marina. Which usually
includes a launch party at the beautiful Club house.
Capt Bob Onboard ALLEZ!