Friday, January 1, 2010

Bimini


On December 30th we picked up our anchor from the Miami Yacht Club, said goodbye to our cruise ships neighbors, and headed to the Keys. We journeyed to No Name Harbor in Key Biscayne, just in time to find our friends on Blue Blazer taking the last anchoring spot. We anchored off the entrance with a favorable wind direction but rocked and rolled as the numerous fishing boats passed without a courteous slowdown.

The next morning, New Year's Eve, we headed out the Biscayne Channel around 9am for what we hoped would be a sailing trip to Bimini across the Gulfstream. While the waves were maybe 2-4', it was a sloppy ride with Southeast winds, never turning South as forecast. We pulled into Bimini around 4:30 in the afternoon, seeing incredibly scant water in the channel (we saw 5'4" and technically should have been aground). We had difficulty finding the marina, which was slow to answer our VHF call, but once in, found a very helpful dockmaster in JR.

We retired early, celebrating the second anniversary of missing the New Year's Eve fireworks, and declared ourselves officially old.

Happy 2010 to all.

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