Posted by: rminchin | December 18, 2012

Next Stop Miami

Evening at anchor, near the Eau Gallie Causeway Bridge in Melbourne.  Listening to a good band, soft music and singing, from the nearby restaurant, Squid Lips.  Lightening lights up the sky from the east, south, and west!  The water is still, barely a ripple until a dolphin surfaces or a fish jumps.  No dew so I can sit out on top of the dodger.  Bridge lights and Christmas lights reflecting in the water. So calm, peaceful.

We enjoyed 3 full days at our first Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam attending educational seminars, social events, and a flea market.  We heard amazing stories of circumnavigations and had the honor of hearing the keynote speaker, Jimmy Cornell, an accomplished sailor and successful author.

Kathy had the opportunity to spend 3 days with her brother Joe and his friend Wendy in the Orlando area while Ron singlehanded from Melbourne to Manatee Pocket in Stuart. Manatee Pocket is one of our favorite anchorages along the Florida coast. Visiting Kathy’s Uncle Stretch, Barbara, and our friends Ed and Patty Donnelly is always a fun time. We are now on our way to Miami to visit Ron’s brother and sister-in-law for the holidays. Fair winds will see us making some ocean passages, the first of which was a perfect beam reach in 10 knots of west wind and calm turquoise seas to Palm Beach.

One of the best things about cruising is the chance discovery of wonderful neighborhoods and beautiful local parks.




  1. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time in Florida. Merry Christmas to you both. Don, Jeanette, Mark and Rachel

  2. Thanks for the up date on your Trip! We will wave to you on Christmas morning when we fly over on our way to the virgin Islands. 38′ Cat waiting for us and our grand kids!

  3. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year! Tell Don and family that I said Hi! I’m glad you are enjoying your retirement. It sounds wonderful! Sue

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