Small World Pt. 1
Last week we had a rap on the hull. I came out and said hello and met our new friend Josh Knox on S/V Kuhela. Josh is a young Australian guy who flew over in February to buy a boat and take it back home. He came over to us because he couldn’t believe his eyes when he entered Boot Key Harbor and saw SB’s memorable blue grey hull. He had been in contact with Baxter and Molly to buy Stella Blue at the same time we were! Josh is on a 3-5 year trip back to Australia in his Downeaster 38. This is his first boat too and we have been able to regale each other with tales (read mistakes) of our first two months of boat ownership. Hopefully we’ll run into him again some time in the future…it really is a small world as we’ve found out.
Small World Pt. 2
This week actually turned into a fun and busy one while we waited for the gnarly weather to clear out. Sunday night my aunt Jeanette and her boyfriend Mike sent me an email. They just happened to be in Ft. Lauderdale for a couple days on vacation and decided to head down to The Keys to see us. We took them to Sombrero Beach, Big Pine Island, and Key West Monday and Tuesday. They left early Wednesday after giving us a ride from the grocery store. We tuned into the cruisers net as usual at 9 and after the net we were hailed by S/V Chandara. Figuring it was another vessel looking to cross with us I changed channels to 71 and they asked if we were the ones on the interesting looking Tartan 37. Sure we are. “Hey Logan! It’s Baxter!” What are the odds? For those of you that don’t know Baxter and Molly are the previous owners of Stella Blue. Baxter was down here with his friend Steve (S/V Chandra) and they are bringing Steve’s boat up the east coast to Deltaville. We met up with them in the afternoon and ended up in Geiger Key then Key West for a really fun evening. Key West, unplanned, twice, in one week
Our window is finally here. We’ll be leaving tomorrow morning for Rodriguez Key then on to Bimini. Our patience finally paid off. Listening to Chris Parker this morning it sounds like Sunday is setup to be a wonderful eastbound sail across the gulf stream.
Why We Waited
Yesterday we had an incredible storm roll through. We saw sustained winds around 25 for at least an hour and gusts right at 30. This is what he did not want to see while we were making our first big passage. I took a little video to try and capture it. The video doesn’t really do justice to the storm, but to give you an idea.