We really enjoyed our stay at Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart, FL. Yesterday we walked into the Old Town section of Stuart and explored all the shops and eateries (ice cream) and took a walk along the fitness path at the water's edge. Next morning we dinghied the garbage ashore and brought back a 10 lb bag of ice from the Ship's store. After securing Jazzy on the stern we fired up Viridian, slipped our lines off Red #68 mooring ball and idled out to the channel to call the Old Roosevelt Bascule Lift Bridge to request an opening. A train was crossing the channel on the track just below the lift bridge so we had to wait for that to clear. But soon both bridges were opened and Viridian passed through and turned south for the St. Lucie Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean where we passed last Fall on our way to Key West, but this time we turned to port and pointed the bow north. The water was that perfect viridian color and for the first time in quite a while we were not sailing directly into the sun. Our eyes celebrated the squint free view of our northward bearing as everything looked sharp and brightly lit by the sun that was now on our stern.
Today's passage took us 31 miles to Ft. Pierce, FL where we found a nice protected hole to drop our hook called Fabor Cove. We are sharing this great anchorage with 5 other vessels, none of which are Loopers. As it turned out, several of our Looper friends were docked just across the channel at Ft. Pierce City Marina so we contacted them and we all met on board Unruly with the crew of Dash Away and Good Life. War stories were exchanged at the "Dock Tales" gathering on Dock A as we heard of Bahama Island cruising and the never ending stories of boat maintenance issues. We really enjoyed getting back together with some of our Looping mates we haven't seen for months.
As the tide began to turn we said our goodbyes as it was time for the crew of Viridian to get into our dinghy and make our way back across the channel 2.5 miles to where or ship lay at anchor. The channel water was pretty choppy but as soon as we entered our cove it flattened out and we glided back to our floating home on the water.
That's the news and here's the views:
We are here
Today's Passage from Stuart, FL to Ft. Pierce, FL
Our well protected anchorage location in Fabor Cove
Early morning in the mooring field at Stuart, FL
Busy, busy, busy at the turnaround at St. Lucie Inlet
This will be our heading for the next few months
Passing northbound sailboats heading home for the summer
Other boats sharing our anchor location
Local wildlife checking us out
"Dock Tales" with Looper Friends
Evening on the Hook