Yesterday was a beautiful day. The sun literally exploded from the horizon as we prepared to leave Lake Worth for Port Everglades. We decided to take the channel we’d seen all the Megayachts use. No wonder they used it. It was eight or more feet deep from end to end and two thirds the length of the ICW route.
It was uncrowded between the jetties and lumpy where the scend of the sea met the tide. For a while we were crawling South at 5.6 mph (we just kept the instruments on ICW settings). Gradually, the eddies around this inlet (we used to SCUBA dive from here) let go of us, and we also worked our way inshore. A frontal system slid across us and clouded things for a while, but it also pulled the wind into the west a bit more, and we set the inner staysail. It added about a half mph, and we made our way into Port Everglades for a run of only seven hours, fifty minutes. Not bad; we missed 21 time restricted bridges.
Along the way we were buzzed (legally) by a J-3 Piper Cub with its doors open. Boy did that bring back memories. Most of the sport fishermen we saw were using kites for outrigger extensions, so I hope that Cub stayed upwind of them.
When we pulled into Port Everglades it was a mini-madhouse — Megayachts, racing dinghies towed in on 10 or longer tows, ocean power boats chopping their throttles at the last second. Heavy squalls blowing towards the port from inland, little powerboats running this way and that — the tide pushing us toward the bridge, and the bridge tender opening a tad early it seemed (in pity?).
Fortunately, we arrived at very nearby Lake Sylvia at half tide rising as we encountered a six foot bar at the entrance. Nice place. But it’s not the Georgia outback — water skiers, lookie-lous, blimps, banner towing airplanes, hooting cruise ships (they sounded the Danger five blasts; I bet that is normal practice here), police boats, loons ululating, athletic shoes looking like headless loon sergeants, blue glowing palm trees…
Welcome to south Florida, the first place I ever heard “marke dos para Inglés.“