United States Part 1
16 May 2018 | 24 33.725'N081 48.138W United States
United States Part 1
24 33.725'N081 48.138W
We arrived to Key West early morning just after day light, it was a little on the cool side and a shock to our systems after the heat these past 3 1/2 years. We checked into A & B marina, which was a really cool spot but on the pricey side. The anchorage was out the question as the wind was extremely high and big chop.
We checked into customs and it was not a big deal at all, took a walk around this very scenic town, it had a ton of shops, restaurants, bars and lots of tourists. After two days we headed to Marathon to meet up with Nice Tri, Viva and where Todd would head to the airport for the trip back to Canada. While we were here we managed to attend the Fish Festival and hang out at the legion. The dingy dock here is quite expensive but there is no place to go ashore without it. Facilities were decent, nice showers, coin laundry and within walking distance to the Publix, Home Depot and other big box stores.
We hooked back up with our buddy boat Blessed and headed on up the Keys, but on the way Steve took ill and had to be flown to Miami. With Steve and Maggie at the hospital, Andy and i took over looking after Blessed, the animals. We sat here for 5 days before they were able to get back on board, Steve wasn't feeling great but well enough. After a couple of days of rest he was ready to carry on, we stopped at No Name Harbour and then headed onto Miami Beach. Sadly here Maggie and Steve lost there beloved little puppy "Fancy" to heart disease.
Over the next few days we continued north only stopping overnight to anchor, we then made it to Vero Beach where we hooked up with Paul and Laurie, on Imagine Squared. They came out and picked us us to visit with Laurie's parents, they hosted us foran Itailian Easter dinner, i have to say i have never experienced anything like this. It was a five course meal, which was prepared by mom Maureen, and Paul and her dad kept the red wine flowing. We will hook back up with these guys in Acetonic.
we carried on to Saint Augustine, one of our favourite places, caught back up with Viva, and Sea Ya. The weather was a little better here but still on the cool side, so we stayed a few days in the anchorage and then headed on out to Brunswick, GA where we were going to hook back up with some Newfoundland sailing friends Paul and Mary on Genesis 11. We had an uneventful trip, the seas were pretty good and we managed to sail most of it, we arrived at 7am where our friends met us for breakfast.
Brunswick Landing is a beautiful marina, lots of boats here, free wine, beer and laundry, what more could you want, we stayed 5 days and did some touring around, took a day trip into old Savannah which was lovely. Mark on See Ya turned up and stayed for 3 days as well. The town of Brunswick is small but very quaint, it is a must see and easily walk able. We left here and headed onto Beaufort, SC, we had stopped here on our way south and loved it so much we thought we just had to stop on our way back. While we were on our way here we had heard from one of our friends on Viva, the cater man had dragged and sunk, Bobs sailing days were over. It was sad to hear as we had know him quite awhile and he had been on the water for 17 years.
After Bob headed back home to Tucson, Elaine his crew hopped on See Ya to continue the journey north with us.