Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ft Lauderdale - at a mooring

The beach - full of spring breakers!
Once again we lucked out, the forecast actually reflected reality!? The seas were relatively calm and the winds were behind us, we made 7.9 kts with a following current - for some reason - we didn't expect that. As we left Miami we heard the Coast Guard once again close Government Cut, the main shipping channel into Miami. We got out just minutes before the closure. I don't understand the reasoning since we didn't see any big ships approaching or leaving. They seem too eager to close the port. The other entrance is on the other side of the island by the entrance, a long trip south, very inconvenient. I've never heard of the Ft Lauderdale entrance being closed. It's a mystery.

Michele and John Kwak from the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club stopped by for a visit
We picked up a mooring just below the Las Olas Marina, south of the bridge.There are only eight moorings available and they are usually full but when we arrived only three were taken. It was a Tuesday, slow day I guess.  So we were on the back of the boat after walking Hoolie and hear us being hailed, it was Michele and John Kwak waving at us from shore. I fired up the dinghy and motored over to pick them up. We talked for almost two hours. John has quite a list of adventures to relate. The next time you see him, be sure to ask.

We will probably be here until Monday morning when we'll head north again to meet up with Joe Mastri. For now it's time to explore Ft Lauderdale.