FORT PIERCE AND ONWARD

I have been very lax in my blog updates, I guess having too much fun??
We arrived in Fort Pierce on Monday 30 January, just a short run down the ICW from Vero Beach. We tied up at the Harbortown Marina mid morning and went for a nice long walk to pick up a few supplies. Fort Pierce isn’t the most exciting of places but where the marina is located we had some nice areas to walk around. They also had a small pool, restaurant and bar and the usual laundry/shower facilities.
Scott and Heather finally joined us there on Thursday afternoon after a very long trip down from Jacksonville with only a couple of stops. That evening their friends Mitch and Diane joined us all for dinner. The next day Mitch and Diane kindly lent us a car and that evening we met up with them at their Yacht Club for happy hour which was from 7pm to 10pm! Peter and I left for Stuart on Sunday morning, which was a bit of a shame as we had been invited to a Super Bowl party, but we had discovered a slight clonking noise in the engine which could have been a worn seal. There is a very good Volvo mechanic in Stuart and we wanted him to take a look. That was arranged for first thing Monday morning. Fortunately everything was fine with the engine. It was nice to be back in Stuart again, albeit for a very short stay. We bought Anything Goes there three years ago.
Heather and Scott left Fort Pierce first thing Monday morning and we joined them in the channel as they sailed (motored actually) through Stuart. We hit our first real rain that morning, and I mean real rain. We could hardly see in front of ourselves. Thankfully it was still very warm. Our next stop was Lake Worth near West Palm Beach. A very nice sheltered anchorage where we sat still watching the rain!

WATHCING THE RAIN COME DOWN AT LAKE WORTH

We were planning on meeting up with our friends Suely and George, who we met in the Bahamas last year but sadly the only dinghy dock at the northern end of Lake Worth has been closed and there is nowhere to land your dinghy. Besides it rained all day until about 2pm so it would have been a miserable ride in. We all left early the next morning and went out to the Atlantic via the Lake Worth Inlet. It was a beautiful morning with very light winds and calm seas. We had hoped for a bit more wind so that we could turn the engine off and have a good sail but we still had a great run down the coast, particularly when we had an escort of seven beautiful dolphins crisscrossing the bow, leaping and diving and chasing each other. So beautiful.

OUR DOLPHIN ESCORT

SAILING DOWN THE COAST NEAR FORT LAUDERDALE


We arrived in Fort Lauderdale around 2.30pm and “squeezed” our way into the channel. I say “squeezed” which is a little exaggeration however you do have to compete for space with tankers and mega yachts coming and going.

PERHAPS WE SHOULD WAIT – HE LOOKS A TAD BIGGER THAN US?

WHO’S SHOWING OFF NOW?

Our marina is up the New River which is a narrow, winding river right through the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale.

A COUPLE OF HOUSES SEEN FROM THE RIVER

It is a fantastic place to be moored, within walking distance of the arts centre, museum, parks and hundreds of restaurants, not to mention gorgeous boutiques! The other interesting thing is we have a constant parade of super large mega yachts passing by all day, everyday. Where is the recession I ask?

OUR MOORING ON THE NEW RIVER WITH SCOTT FREE IN FRONT

BASCULE BRIDGE JUST BEHIND WHERE WE ARE MOORED

SOME OF THE PASSING PARADE

NOTICE THE TUG STRUGGLING AGAINST THE CURRENT

Heather and Scott decided to leave a few days ahead of us as they are on a bit of a time constraint to pick up a friend in Marathon then go over the Gulf to Mexico. We had a fantastic dinner together on Thursday night with lots of reminiscing and laughing about the months we have cruised together.

PRE DINNER DRINKS ON SCOTT FREE

THE BEAUTIFUL TABLE SET FOR DINNER ON SCOTT FREE

GLAD WE DIDN’T HAVE TOO FAR TO WALK HOME!

 We got up at 6am on Friday morning to wave them off in the dark. The wind was reasonably strong but the forecast wasn’t too bad so off they went. Well so much for reasonable winds, when the exited the inlet they were hit by huge waves and were tossed about like a cork. Not that that is a major issue for such experienced sailors, other than being very unpleasant. However their engine failed and things became a bit hairy! To cut a long story short, they are now back tied up behind us waiting until Monday to have the engine repaired! Their loss and our gain really. We have hired a car for the weekend and yesterday we went back up to West Palm Beach to a boat show/market – enough said, had dinner at wonderful Peruvian restaurant and then went to a concert by the Palm Beach Orchestra who was performing a tribute to Louis Armstrong. Fantastic.
We are now experiencing a cold snap, brought on by this strong northerly front coming down from Canada, it is due to be in the high 20’s again by Tuesday – bring back the heat!

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