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Date: 24 Feb 2018 17:04:00
Title: 27:06.762N 80:08.584W Hove Sound

So its now Feb 24th, we decide to head back out to sea at Fort Pierce and try our luck at sailing.....what a surprise! Wind blowing right in our flippin faces again! More motoring, this was not panning out to be the trip we'd hoped for but again we didn't have much of a choice. If we hadn't had a schedule that we had to stick to then we'd have taken a different route or hung out for a few days here and there to wait for better sailing weather. But the permit was about to run out so we had to keep heading south as quickly as possible to our 'jump off' point in Miami. Our guests were very patient and hopefully were relaxing while we plodded on (they're big readers! Went through more books in 2 weeks than i'd read in 2 years). Finally ended up in a place called Hove Sound, it looked lovely, little beach to one side, lots of people anchored and enjoying sundowners. So we joined them, got ourselves settled and finally put the lights out at about 10pm. By 3am we were all wide awake and scratching like mad things due to a plague of bloody noseeums that had managed to slip through the bug netting that we have on all the hatches! The boat was full of them, and we were covered in red blotches. In Georgia at the boatyard, this was never a problem, they never seemed to get through. I guess the further south you go the smaller these little bastards get. We were warned, but I didn't have time to change the netting before we left. Note to self; don't anchor anywhere near mangroves or wooded banks!
 
It's worth mentioning here what these things actually do to your skin. Nothing as simple as a bite, oh no, these things 'throw up' some kind of acid onto your flesh then proceed to suck up the resulting goo that it produces. Charming. If you don't scratch then the itch should disappear within 20 minutes......like that's ever going to happen! You scratch like crazy! Thank god for Gold Spot anti-itch lotion with Lidocaine.
 
So, as we were up, we decided to make an early start and continue down the ICW. From here on in there were bridges galore that you had to radio ahead and ask them nicely to open for you. Quite satisfying holding up the traffic while you leisurely floated past.
 

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