Miami Beach, then eastbound!
While Kathy and Rachel took care of schoolwork I headed for Publics and some minor shopping. There is a cable next to the canal across the street for locking up dinghies. After shopping I left the parking lot with a cart full of groceries. At the edge of the street, the front right wheel of the cart “broke” and I had to retreat out of traffic. The wheel had a plastic cover over it, rendering it unusable. So I did a wheelie with the front wheels in the air and crossed the street. Another dinghy driver said she’d never seen that done before. I replied that the front wheel broke and she responded that no, there is a security device that locks the wheel if you try to leave the parking lot with the cart. I had never heard of such a thing. What are the poor homeless folks going to do now?
Tonight is calm, cool, bugless, and beautiful with the surrounding lights of Miami. We’ll be here a few days provisioning for the jump to Bimini. The weather won’t be conducive for the trip until Sunday at the earliest anyway. The Gulf Stream reportedly has 6-12 foot seas due to the north winds of late. 5 foot seas are pretty uncomfortable, so you do the math!
After leaving Lantana, our last report, we lucked into a transient slip at the city marina in Delray Beach. Kathy calls it the best kept secret in Florida. It’s small, but has all the facilities we need, and only 50 bucks a night. In retrospect, we should have stayed there longer and done our provisioning there. But Miami Beach will work out.
Then we stayed in Lake Sylvia in Ft. Lauderdale since our old favorite, Las Olas was full. We were in the Lake for 2 nights before a mooring opened up at Las Olas, so we spent a night there before the weather settled down enough to head into the Atlantic. The Atlantic run was necessary for us due to the 55 foot Julia Tuttle bridge just coming into Miami on the ICW which we can’t fit under with our 63 foot mast.
Two other Hunter owners are among many of the sailors here preparing to “cross over”, including OB and Linda on their Passage 450 (same as ours) and David and his family (including a couple of girls about Rachel’s age!) on a 466 (the aft cockpit version of our boat). When the time comes we’ll be in good company.