Arriving in Florida
Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Mon 20 Jul 2009 15:16
27:28.03N 080:19.58W Harbortown Marina, Fort Pierce
We arrived in Florida in the middle of a huge electric storm..it seems to be our signature arrival, after every long trip. Our trip from the Bahamas took 15 hours - our first 2 hours we sailed in ideal winds, and then it turned on to the nose and so we motored. Crossing the Gulf Stream, which moves at about 3kms/hr in a northerly direction, was very peaceful with the sea a mirror indigo blue. About 2 hours out of Fort Pierce we became aware of the storm, and luckily only experienced the edge of it, managing to get into the marina by about 7.15pm (the sun only sets at 8.30 so it was still light)
Harbortown Marina is on the Intracoastal waterway, so very protected from the surge of the ocean and hopefully from any major tropical storms in the coming months. It is a very pleasant place with a restaurant, swimming pool, laundry, guest lounge, as well as being very close to a big marine store & supermarket. We will be taking Indigo out of the water here - leaving her in the yard while we head home to Cape Town for the next few months. While we are here we are doing a lot of cleaning, shopping, some maintenance and will try to get out and about and see the area.
This is the view from the end of our dock, across the waterway.