26:42.30N 078:59.34W Back in
After 6 weeks in Fort Lauderdale we finally had to
say goodbye to all our friends on sailboat bend in Ft Lauderdale and head north
- moving out of the hurricane belt.
On Thursday we headed up the intra-coastal waterway
with Nadine and Rob on Sea Wolff II. The section between Ft Lauderdale and West
Palm Beach is the only piece that we can travel with Indigo - as our mast is too
high for the fixed bridges.(70ft). On this stretch there are about 20 bridges -
but each of them opens. The bridges open to a schedule (some open on the
hour/ half hour and other a quarter to/ past, and you have to time it carefully
not to get held up, waiting for an opening.
Here is a pic of Indigo going through Las Olas
Bridge. We were a little close here!
We anchored at Lake Santa Barbara (not really
a lake - more like a widening/ intersection in the water). We then spent a
lovely afternoon in the swimming pool of a bar along the waterway. After a final
farewell braai with Sea Wolff, we settled down to sleep on the deck, as it was
very hot and humid - and of course we no longer have access to shore-power and
the air-conditioning. I made the whole night on the trampoline, but Mike
got restless and eventually went below deck.
Yesterday we left early, exited at the Hillsboro
inlet and motored over to the Bahamas. We have decided to have one last quick
visit here, before heading back up the east coast of the USA. There was no wind,
the sea was flat and our sails remained in their cover. Mike managed to catch
two Dorado, but sadly one managed to slip overboard as her was cleaning it. As
you can imagine, he was very frustrated!
Here is the one that got away!
We will spend a few days here and then head up to
St Augustine, in north eastern Florida