Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dinner Key - on a mooring, near Miami

Looking east from Biscayne Bay
The seas were flat, the wind was 10 kts or less and the air was warm. We mostly motored the 54 Nm from Tavernier to Dinner Key, just south of Miami - actually at Coconut Grove. We left at 7:00 and got in a 2:30. With the bottom scraped at Key West, we were doing 7.7 kts at 2300 rpm, making good time - at least for us. As luck would have it, we hit Caesars Creek at high tide so we could not only enter without a problem but also exit to Biscayne Bay through the skinny water on the bay side. The lowest depth reading we saw was 5.5 ft this time (I only draw 4 ft 9 inches).

Kids being towed in after a sailing lesson
So we are now out of the Keys and headed north. We've rented a car for Thursday to explore Miami and Coconut Grove before leaving on Friday for Marine Stadium to wait for a weather window for our outside passage from Miami to Ft Lauderdale. We tentatively plan on reaching Joe Mastri's marina on Sunday at Boynton Beach, depending on the weather. Ann has not been able to shake her cough so we're going by the Cleveland Clinic for further tests and hopefully, a cure.