June 3, 2013 by Last Star blog
So after languishing at Lake Worth for 24 hours we needed to get going north on the inter-coastal water way; commonly known as the ICW. Don’t know why it is not the ICWW, the Army Corps of Engineers owns it and that is probably why the name is jacked.
So our trip starts with a myriad of draw bridges to negotiate to make any headway. The first four are based on hitting any one of the four and going 6 knots/hour and you will nail them all. We hit the first and are on our way. At the second bridge we are number 3 in line with a sport fisherman as number 2 and another sailboat as the lead boat. We get through number 2 without a hitch. As we get to number 3 bridge we are all piling up near the bridge as the operator is a bit late in opening it. The current and wind can wreak havoc when the boats pile up and the bridge operators want you close to get you through as quick as possible. So the bridge finally goes up about 3 minutes late. Then by the time we get through the bridge we are about 6 minutes into the 30 minute period to get to the next bridge opening. I’m scratching my head as to why the sailboat is going about 2 knots too slow when we are already late? We lose about another 3 minutes this way when he pulls over and drops anchor right in the middle of the channel in front of a house?? OK, so now we’re screwed. There is no way to make up the time to the next bridge and we just lost our “lead” boat to make the call. We call the next bridge and tell him we are in route and will be there on the half-hour, please open the bridge (white lie). We get there 2 minutes late and he says since there was no one there for the scheduled opening he has to stick to the next one—30 minutes later. Great!! SO we spin for half-an-hour. After 2 hours of motoring we’ve gone 8 miles…..long day.
The rest of the day was better as the next bridges were the 64′ high bridges you pass underneath as needed.
Here’s the lighthouse at Jupiter, shallow spot here, we cleared it but some have to wait for the high tide.
We ended the day in Melbourne in a nice little anchorage surrounded by condos and tucked in nicely for the easterly wind. Good sand and good holding means good sleeping.
As we sat near Melbourne we got some internet and saw from our friend Nancy on Renegade that there was a missile launch from Cape Canaveral that night. We weren’t that close but we’d give it a look as it was after sunset and might be cool
As the rocket continued to outer space you could see the parts it was dropping flaming up in the atmosphere and leaving a trail of debris–all pretty cool. Shortly after the rocket launch we had the moon rise….again cool
Now as we sat musing about these celestial events we noticed the glaring discrepancy in what passes for a pirate depending on where you sit.
On the left is the “Nippers” pirate patch in a Tervis tumbler. I suspect that Mr. Nipper drew him on a bar napkin 30 years ago.
On the right is the Tervis idea of what a pirate or Jolly Roger should look like.
Well we still owe you a sunset and some cat photos so lets see what I have here…