Friday 16 March 2012
It rained heavily and continually on Thursday so we gave sailing a
miss; not good for the Mate’s hair do standing in the rain whilst we
wended our way through the canals and the New River to the sea.
Friday was much better and we timed our departure to get some of the
tide rise to help with depth but still with some of the flood to make
manoeuvring easier whilst we waited for bridges to open
Susi was away with Fritz’s wife Alba in New
York celebrating St Patrick’s Day but Henk once again turned
out to help and provide an extra set of hands in case of crisis in the
restricted waters of the New River.
We passed “our church”; one up on St Peter’s ad
Vincula in Coggeshall, it has its own dock.
A phone call to Kamla brought her out into the garden as we passed our
which is close to the
fuel dock at Lauderdale Marine as seen here whilst we were re-fuelling.
It was then au revoir to Henk and off in time to catch the 1600 opening
of the 17th Street
Scary stuff leaving Port Everglades, the port for Fort Lauderdale as we
were pursued by a pilot cutter, leading a container ship and then shortly
afterwards by two cruise ships.
The Gulf Stream was benign as these
things go, the Mate had pre-prepared dinner (ham and cheese pasta for the
culinary club) and there was more than enough shipping to keep us occupied and
interested. 3 knots of cross current did mean that we had to aim well
south of our rhumb line course and this with the prevailing easterly allowed us
to sail the course.