|The Dinghy Dock at Thanksgiving dinner.|
Al and Maria joined us in Stuart and we stayed there a few days with them. It was difficult to leave because the place is sooooo boater friendly. We moved a few miles to Manatee Pocket to be closer to the St. Lucie inlet for our trip down to Lake Worth.
|Enjoying the trip to Manatee Pocket|
|Al making sure the bridge is opening properly.|
The problem with crossing occurs when the wind comes from the north. The Gulf Stream is traveling north and when it meets an opposing wind - kind of like petting a cat's back going the wrong way - the wind makes the waves all crazy and it is very uncomfortable. We missed an opportunity on Saturday and we won't be able to go Monday. We are hopeful that we can make Tuesday or Wednesday because on Thursday it changes.
We are hoping the part arrives on the Monday UPS truck in Indiantown. If it does, we rent a car and drive back there to get the part. We will race back to the boat to install it and hopefully be ready for Tuesday or Wednesday.
The trip south from Manatee Pocket to Lake Worth was excellent. We averaged 7 knots all the way with the wind slightly forward of the beam. We raised our new sail just out of the inlet and it looked spectacular. At one point we were hailed over the radio, "Island Packet near the Jupiter Inlet." We responded and he said, "I just wanted to tell you that I am on land and that you look magnificent, trucking down the coast of Florida." Big smiles!
Maria spotted dolphins in the waves and Glen was soon abandoned in the cockpit while the others ran back and forth looking for our wave riding friend.
It was a great day! The lunch with cold beer at anchor in Lake Worth was excellent, too!