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Star Island
Sherry
April 3, 2012, Miami

March 27, 2012

Pulled anchor at 08:00hrs to get to our anchorage by Star Island in Miami before the winds picked up to 20 knots as forecast. The water is shallow all the way to Miami so there can be tense moments getting here. At 10:00 hrs I dropped anchor in front of Star Island just as Todd put the engine in reverse and went to give it more power to pull back on the anchor chain and set the anchor the throttle cable disconnected and we no longer had power so we shut the engine down and Todd proceeded to fix it and I started on polishing the stainless steel stanchions, Todd finished sometime before me so he made pasta for dinner. I had a micro break and a beer and then finished up. We ate dinner that evening in the cockpit and watched the sunset and the Miami lights come to life all around. We will spend a few days anchored here to catch up on some boat stuff and rest and then we will continue heading north. See pics.

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No Name Harbour
Sherry
April 3, 2012, Key Biscayne

Monday March 26, 2012

Got up at 05:30hrs to get a head start on the day so we could get to No Name harbor anchorage at Key Biscayne which is 10 NM south of Miami. Winds were 10-15 knots gusting to 20. We had our main sail up and that was plenty for me as we were still healed 20-25 degrees. As the day went on the winds died down and were almost right on the nose but we still managed to get 7.1 knots with the help of the engine. Todd trying to pass three other sailboats in case they were going to No Name Harbor we passed all but one and it turns out that he was not going to No Name harbor after all. The day was Beautiful. Coming into the Florida Bay we were in 17' of water and you could see bottom watching the star fish etc. as we sailed. We dropped anchor and by 15:30 hrs we were having sun downers in the cockpit watching boats & people come and go. We had another great dinner of BBQ Ribs & all the fixing it was tasty. We then watched the sun set and had a few more cocktails. How wonderful it was to get back into familiar territory. See pics.

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Sherry
April 3, 2012, Rodriquez Cay

Sunday March 25, 2012
Hoisted anchor at 08:15hrs and headed out past the bridge and set our course to head to our next anchorage 60 NM north of Bahia Honda. Winds are light at 5-10 knots out of the E.N.E. And then later in the afternoon gusting to 17 knots. In our travels today we have seen dolphins, sea turtles and what appeared to be an upside down sailboat the keel was out of the water about 4'(this was confirmed by the USCG a 24' blk & wht sailboat)
The USCG has my utmost respect on the way they handle all there calls, there professionalism, and the amount of distress calls they handle in a day is fa-nominal. Also we heard the coast guard put out a call to all mariners that a parachute flare was observed ½ mile off shore from Marathon Fl. Then We heard the Coast Guard trying to get a hold of a vessel by the name of "Wind Song" this is our friend from Mexico we crossed with we have not got a hold of him as of yet. We made it to our anchorage at Rodriquez Cay dropped anchor and had a sun downer, then cooked up Moroccan chicken with rice veggies and mango chutney (nummy).

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Very Tranquile
Sherry
April 3, 2012, Bahia Honda

Saturday March 24, 2012
We finally untied from the mooring ball in Key West Winds are 6 knots out of the east and sea's are 0.7 meters. We fueled up at Key West Bight Marina and headed out the ships channel into Hawk Channel to start making our way north to our anchorage for the night at Bahia Honda which is approximately 40 NM north of Key West. We had a great day sailing and upon entering the anchorage you have to go through a bridge that they have removed one section out for sailboats to go through. When we got into the anchorage it is not what we expected. We found our spot dropped anchor and stood there in awe looking around. The anchorage is big enough for around 6-8 boats. There was a great beach with a half dozen Cabana's, a gift and snack shop combined. There was one other sailboat and a power yacht in the anchorage. When the sun set we had a long tall bridge on both sides of us and the anchorage was very tranquil. The sun shone on the palm trees and we had a relaxing gourmet meal and a bottle of wine. I can't recommend this as a way of life but it has worked for us.

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Moving Morth
Sherry
March 24, 2012, Key West Florida

The time has finally come we get to start heading north. We filled up with water, Beer, Rum and Wine and provisioned for a little food. We will top our diesel off this morning and are heading north. We have good weather apparently so in about 3 days we will be in a little place called No Name harbor just outside Miami. As soon as I have Internet again I will post Blog and pictures.

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