Miami

25:45.511N 80:08.843W
 
Wednesday 21st December 2011
 
Distance run: 26 nmiles
 
With just a short run down to Miami, we left Fort Lauderdale mid-morning on Monday.  The inlet was a bit lumpy, but not too bad, and once out we had a good sail on a close and then a beam reach all the way to Miami.  We arrived mid-afternoon and went in with the tide, turned to starboard soon after entering the harbour and dropped the anchor behind Fishers Island. Moonshadow Star was already here along with a US catamaran Faring whom Brian and Sandy had made friends with in Newfoundland.  Within an hour of arriving we had all been invited to supper with Ken & Heather on the cat and had a very enjoyable evening.
 
As the wind was due to be unfavourable for a day or two we decided to stay put, and once happy that the anchor was well set, we dropped the rib and made the 2 mile trip to shore at Miami Beach. 
 
               
Dolphins swimming around the boats in the anchorage.                                        The lights of downtown Miami from the anchorage.
 
               
A geko sunning itself near the dinghy dock.                                                        Taking the weight off our feet.
 
A popular shopping area in Miami Beach.
 
Our main purchase of the day was some fresh sprouts for Christmas dinner, which we aim to have in Key West.