09 May 2007 | Eau Gallie Causeway
5-04-07 27 12.115" W 80 15.526"
The customs folks decided to let us back in the country, so we are street legal. After clearing in with Lou and Donna, we head out for Southpoint Mooring field. We have the choice of either going outside or inside and battle the ICW traffic and the multitude of bridges. So we go outside for the 35 miles. It is a gentle easterly wind and very little swell. So the infamous St. Lucie Inlet is no major problem. It has been recently dredged and remarked.
We will be here for a few days or until the weather improves, as it predicted to be 20 knts. out of the north, and spend the last time together as a group. As "Allez Cat" will go across the Okeechobee Waterway to the west coast and "Sooo Fine 2"will go to Indiantown for the summer.
5-09-07 20 07.927"N 80 37.397"W
What a wonderful city Stuart is!! The downtown is a delight to visit. We actually have talked of moving here. The mooring field is $255.00 per month, $150. less than we are paying in Charleston.
It is time for us to take advantage of the weather window and start heading north. The time spent with "Allez Cat" and "SoooFine 2" was unforgettable. They made the trip this year wonderful. You could not ask for four nicer, generous, people to be around. And all are excellent sailors, they will be missed greatly!
But we have to head out. We will go up the ICW as the seas are 15-17 feet outside. But the wind makes for a good motor sail north, as they are 15-20 out of the NNW. We make it all the way to EauGallie, 70 miles, in 11 hours.