Back in the US of A!

Victory Lap Week 1/8

Monday April 4, we are staying with Dan’s cousin Bill and Halle his wife for a few days in Deerfield Beach, Florida. We had a wonderful dinner with family, Dan’s cousins Cindy, Bonnie, Aunt Joan, Bill and Halle, Dan’s brother Marty and Nancy and their friends Michael his wife Tina and their son Michael at the Beach House Pompano Restaurant.

53 days to go to Tolchester Marina in Maryland. We plan on several stops up the East Coast staying in the warm weather, visiting family and friends and sharing a meal or two.

Tuesday April 5,

Taco Tuesday with Bill and Halle

52 days to go.

Wednesday April 6, we met up with Roberto from s/v Ohana for dinner! He joined us at Dan’s cousins house. Roberto will be flying home to Argentina tomorrow, so glad we were able to meet up again! The rest of his family had flown back before we arrived in Florida, the kids are all back in school enjoying time with friends.

51 days to go.

Thursday April 7, we did a Costco run today, only a few items but wanted to fill up Bills car with gas that we’ve been using. Later we had dinner with Bill and Halle at Bruscos Italian Restaurant.

Appetizers

50 days to go.

Friday April 8, we met up with olds friends Bobby and Linda for lunch at the Avocado Grill in Palm Beach. We spent 4 hours together catching up, at this wonderful restaurant.

49 days to go.

Saturday April 9, departure day, we said goodbye to Bill and Halle, moving a bit north to visit more friends. We need to wait a little for the tide to rise as Trance is partially sitting in the mud.

By 1:10pm there was enough water under Trance to leave where we were docked.

The place we were docked at, It’s going to be a beautiful house!

We motor-sailed north in the ocean about 33nm to an anchorage at the Port of Palm Beach, adjacent to the ICW.

In the evening we joined via Zoom the Thistle fleet winter meeting from the Lake Nockamixion Sailing Club, the club we race a Thistle sailboat out of.

48 days to go.

Sunday April 10, Happy Birthday Cora! Anchor up by 7:10am, the sun rose 9 minutes earlier. As we turned into the channel we were given a horn blast by the 722ft cruise ship Grand Classica. We passed port to port 50 feet apart. We were exiting the narrow channel as he was entering.

Baby it’s cold outside, it’s 54 degrees!

Sunrise

All morning we were motor sailing, bashing up the Florida coast with 12-18 mile per hour winds and choppy water, finally decided enough of this, as long as we’re motoring may as well hop on the ICW. At noon we went in the St Lucia inlet.

Open says Trance

We dropped anchor just off the ICW in Vero Beach in the Indian River at 6:30pm. A former colleague of Dan’s lives there, Bob Tepe and his wife Lynn. A neighbor of theirs allowed us to park our dinghy at their dock. We went ashore had a lovely dinner with Bob and Lynn, spent the night in their beautiful home.

47 days to go.

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