Circumstances on the US East Coast during the past few months seemed to slow GB and me down every time we were keen to get moving. The very bad late-fall/early-winter weather on this side of the continent kept us from putting significant miles under our keel. Repeatedly.
After our Fort Pierce New Year's Fiasco, we once again dragged The Fox southbound along the Intracoastal Waterway to North Lake Worth/West Palm Beach, Florida. The final 11 miles of this schlep included having to wait for a total of 6 bascule bridges to open. Total time underway for those last 11 miles? Three and a half hours. I hate the ICW.
We arrived at the capacious North Lake Worth anchorage on January 4, a few days ahead of the dread Polar Vortex that enveloped most of the continental US. As the Vortex reached us we and the 40-some neighboring boats in the anchorage saw northerly winds in the 20-24 knot range, but our holding was good and the anchorage sufficiently protected that the choppy wind waves and spindrift were tolerable - as long as we all stayed aboard and avoided dinghy travel.
Our one problem was a brief one, that happened one evening about 6 pm.