Underway (Again… sorta)
December 13, 2014
We left the marina… Actually, I was having a lovely time drinking wine with my friends in CA, so really George and Ed drove Stormy Monday away from the marina in Melbourne to Vero Beach on November 1st. Sort of like a baby step, the first of many that we hope will transport us to the Bahamas. After our false start in March, when I got sick yet again, we are slowly making our way hoping I don’t have any issues this time. We are trying winter cruising and so far it agrees with me!
Stormy Monday spent November in Vero and we visited her several times while we finished up our farm projects. Folks call Vero Beach “Velcro Beach” because it is so easy to be lulled in by the many amenities, access to a bus for shopping and the frequent social activities (adult daycare.)
While we didn’t hear a Velcro separating sound as we left Vero, we were attacked by the no-see-ums! Such is boating life. As we headed south on the ICW, we were pleasantly surprised to not be swamped by power boat wakes. We anchored just South of the Jensen Beach bridge and spent a rolly sleepless night due to the long fetch and frequent waves.
We pulled into our new home for a month, Cypress Island Marina, just in time to attend the homeowners association’s potluck and watch the North Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade. Fireworks, lots!! o’ boats (no sailboats though ) , followed up by power boats with uniformed Marines on board collecting Toys for Tots from spectators on the docks. The parade was spectacular!
We were very grateful to be invited by the HOA to attend the potluck and watch the parade, we met some really nice people and had a lovely evening.
We have rented the slip here in North Palm Beach (Jupiter area) to get Stormy ready to cross the Gulf Stream and cruise the Bahamas for ~ 4 months. And hopefully we will do a little sight seeing and enjoy the area.
I belong to a Facebook group, “Women Who Sail”, whose members (> 3000) are women who sail all over the world. Since we have arrived, we have been having a nice time meeting up with other sailors that are either locals or traveling on their way south. Seriously, the BEST part about cruising is meeting the people!
We will drive back up to Melbourne for the holidays and then drive back down to West Palm to wait for a weather window. Next stop, Abacos, Bahamas! Join us, won’t you!?
Grateful for it …