Our flight back to FL was easy and un-eventful. We were so happy to get back on the boat. We spent one night in Ft. Lauderdale at Harbortown Marina and then plotted our course to Miami. We cruised down the ICW to historical Dinner Key harbor where we spent three nights. It was great staying at Dinner Key, as it was a short walk to CocoWalk and all the cool shops and restaurants in Coconut Grove. We fished, had some great school time and nice walks into town.
Maintenance time: Boat hull cleaned by our brave Captain! Cruising in the rain. Oliver and Sophia fishing off the docks – a common sight now.
Dinner Key Marina, Key Biscayne, FL. Dinner Key originally served as base of operations for Pan American Airway’s famed flying boats, the Clippers (basically the first-ever Sea Planes), and plenty of history has been retained in the area. The original Pan Am terminal building (next door to Dinner Key Marina) now serves as Miami City Hall.
Watching the NASA launch was so exciting for us. We got up early for each launch, and did not miss a minute of it.
Boat school was moved indoors while we had a few rainy days at Dinner Key. Nothing stops the kids from fishing, though.
Moving to George’s was a treat – pool and luxury. CORTADO is happily docked a few feet from the house. “George-School” is what we call school in George’s dining room. Pool recess!
The Etchells racing this weekend was phenomenal to watch! Tony, Chris and Phil were a formidable team and though winning the regatta going into the last leg, of the last race, they had a bum wind-shift and finished 7th overall. It was quality competition and tough racing out there! Sophia, Oliver and I watched the last day of racing aboard a gorgeous VICEM Yacht called GEM, a beautiful wooden boat. Our good friend Dusty is the Captain, and our friend Benny Quatro joined us as well. Best. Day. Ever. Out watching Tony’s races.
Watching races in Biscayne Bay, the 2014 Piana Cup. EFYRA III finished 7th overall out of 45 teams.