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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Indiana Harbour Beach to Vero Beach Florida (ICW Mile 952)

Again left at crack of dawn but needed less clothes as temperature is definitely getting higher. In fact during the morning Jeannette was in T-SHIRT and SHORTS !

Passed under several bridges showing around 63 feet but only pinged once.

Still in Osprey country - sighted 8 on the trip. Wind incresed to an easterly 5 Bft so the Genny increased our speed to over 7 kts SOG most of the way.

Many of the houses we passed are much more substantial that what we have seen before . The waterfront was generally lined with mangrove, which was often cut like a hedge in front of the houses.

Jeannette spent much of the trip baking mince meat slices for Xmas.

At 1200 hours arrived at Vero Beach and picked up a mooring at the Municpal Marina close to Yara - very happy to be here . Temperature is forecast to be in the mid 20's (C) for the next few days - it seems as though we have finally found the sun and no longer need to push the pace south to beat the frost.

Later Yara rafted up to us - gezellig ! . Vero Beach is a favourite spot for cruisers - mooring rates are low and there is a free bus network to the shopping areas right from the marina. There are around 100 yachts here at the moment. We plan to spend Xmas here.

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