Headed for Fort Lauderdale

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - We left Palm Beach inlet at 8 a.m. under light NW winds and calm seas. Much better than yesterday's weather and motor sailed at 6 knots all the way. The East Coast of Florida down to Miami is lined with many high rise condos and resorts. The last hour was the hardest part of the trip. Approaching the inlet into Lauderdale a high speed container ship was to port of us and we were over as far as we could get. There were mega yachts converging at high speed along with a Sea Tow towing a fishing boat and doing over 30 knots, a Coast Guard inflatable also flying by and everyone came to a halt at the bridge that needed to open. I called the S.E. 17th Street bridge tender to let him know our boat name and that we were circling waiting for the next opening which was 25 minutes away. He radioed to us that because of such a low tide that we could make it under the bridge. Our mast is 52 feet high and the tide board on the side of the bridge was reading the clearance today was 58 feet. So we and Moonride went under it with no problem. Vespera has a taller mast so they waited for the opening. We passed some spectacular homes with yachts docked at their doors. There are over 300 canals off in all directions. At 4 pm we dropped the anchor in this small cozy anchorage and collapsed. Everyone is pretty wore out. Lauderdale is called the Yachting capital of the world and we can see why. Jostling each other for room is a collection of marinas, yacht services, sailmakers, boatyards, sales organizations, dingy manufacturers and marine supply stores. Tomorrow we will find the local Publix and laundromat. (See pics)
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