From Vero we worked our way south to Lake Worth Inlet where we hooked up with our 4th buddy boater Tim on SV Belle Marie. We decided to travel the remaining 70 miles on the outside rather than deal with the bridges and boat traffic from Ft. Lauderdale south. In order to arrive in Miami during daylight hours we had to leave at 3:00am. When we arrived, the inlet was packed with several boats and the current was strong so it was difficult finding a good place to anchor that would allow us to put out enough rode (chain). We wound up dragging so moved to reset the anchor. Then we drug again! I guess the third time is a charm because we stayed put until it was time to leave. Renee and I were worried that we may find ourselves dragging again so we napped in shifts until around 11:00pm when we finally went below to bed. Needless to say we were tired when we left. The sail to Miami was perfect, we put the jib out immediately and motor sailed for a while until daylight and the wind increased enough to put up both sails and turn the engine off. It was awesome to be sailing again.
So we will remain in Miami just long enough to get a good weather window and make a run for the Bahamas. Can’t wait!