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The trials and sailing tales of Denny & Diane
ICW
05/09/2007, 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.

Fall 2006
Back In the USA
05/03/2007, Lake Worth

5-03-07 26 45.566N: 80 02.728W

Back in the USA!
The highlight of the stay at Ocean Reef was doing a night dive, at Diane's urging, with Grand Bahama Diving. It was a shallow dive of only 20', but it allowed me to stay down for an hour. It was so kewl being able to pet parrotfish while they were asleep.
We then headed up to West End for the night then made the 60 mile crossing over to Lake Worth. The trip was uneventful, with 2-3' seas and 5-10 Knt winds. Both out of the southeast. By 5:00 we are anchored in Lake Worth and ready for a good night's rest. We will deal with Customs and Immigration (jack booted thugs) in the morning
5-03-07 26 45.566N: 80 02.728W

Back in the USA!
The highlight of the stay at Ocean Reef was doing a night dive, at Diane's urging, with Grand Bahama Diving. It was a shallow dive of only 20', but it allowed me to stay down for an hour. It was so kewl being able to pet parrotfish while they were asleep.
We then headed up to West End for the night then made the 60 mile crossing over to Lake Worth. The trip was uneventful, with 2-3' seas and 5-10 Knt winds. Both out of the southeast. By 5:00 we are anchored in Lake Worth and ready for a good night's rest. We will deal with Customs and Immigration (jack booted thugs) in the morning

Fall 2006
The Cliff Diving
04/30/2007, Great Stirrup

4-24-07 25 01.570"N: 77 08.520"W

Hoffmans Cay is the destination today. Hoffmans has a "Blue Hole" on the interior of the island. There is small cliff where people jump off into the hole. Diane and I have told our mates that we will be doing the 30 feet jump.
They are encouraging, but will not be jumping themselves. Diane is a bit reluctant, but makes the jump to the cheers from the gang!!!!!!!!! For us it is a great accomplishment, we are easily amused?.
We have a very nice evening at anchor. The Berry Islands still remain very quiet, as few cruisers visit here. So naturally we enjoy them very much!!!!!!!!!!

4-27-07 30.245"N: 78 39.724"W

After Hoffmans we anchored at Panton Cove, which is at "Great Stirrup Cay", for two nights, and then make the trip over to Lucaya.
The trip over is 60 miles of open ocean so fishing is the plan, as there is no wind and a small gentle swell. No fish and no wind, BUMMER!

Fall 2006

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Who: Denny & Diane DeRanek
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