Red Sea Rising

Safaga to Port Suez

Safaga, Egypt

Red Sea Rising

To Safaga



Arrival in Djibouti


Boat Cooking

 Bear off!, bear off!

"No speak English"

Arabian Sea



Leg to Djibouti

Laguna Beach


Island of Male

More Sri Lanka


Sandra Dale Cook



February 1, 1999


The trip from Titusville to Ft. Lauderdale was uneventful.  Our first night was spent at the Port Canaveral fuel dock, which is pretty much our M.O. when coming or going. A good place to fuel and whether  arriving home, or leaving, we always seem to need a place to crash, get a little rest and get ready to go again.

Charles The first day we went outside, and down the coast, into a headwind so we had to motor all the way.  The weather reports did not coincide with what we were experiencing, not terribly rough conditions, just bumpy enough to relocate a lot of stuff below.  When we put in to Ft. Pierce for the night we opted to take the ICW south to Lake Worth the next day.  It was a pretty run, like thumbing through an edition of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." All the big beautiful homes with manicured lawns on shore and immaculately  maintained yachts sitting, at the ready, at waterfront docks.

Piloting the ICW is constant, and  by the end of the day the only grounding we had done was when I was at the wheel and misread a marker.  Not a serious situation, but a definite black mark on my record.

After spending the night  near the inlet at Lake Worth we went outside the next morning and motboatsored down to Ft. Lauderdale in calm conditions.

Ft. Lauderdale is a yachting capital and an action center.  There are a lot of boats, all sizes and shapes, along with the personal watercraft nipping in and out of  commercial traffic, leisure traffic and the inevitable sightseers  who are just there to watch sidewalkthe action.  Action is everywhere: on sidewalks there are  in-line skaters, bicyclists, walkers, runners, and strollers, (with and without babies.)  On the roads traffic is constant: convertibles with tops down, full of beautiful people and just people,  everyone seems to be outside and moving, just absorbing the wonderful winter weather of South Florida.

Prior to leaving, Charlie had made arrangements to dock at Las Olas Marina but true to form when we arrived somebody had not gotten the word and we were put  in a temporary location.  All was well, we had power, water and a good place to tie up.  We moved the next day over to another slip and began to enjoy the ambiance of the City of Ft. Lauderdale's newest marina, secure new docks, clean new restrooms and the nicest laundry facilities I have ever seen.  In fact I found one woman just sitting in the laundry room reading, and another couple having a wine and pizza dinner while waiting for their clothes to dry.  I have experienced the social life of the laundry in many ports, but never under such elegant conditions.

On January twenty-ninth, two of the other boats joining the Millennium Odyssey arrived: Distant Drum, with Betty and Duke Marx aboard, and Hornblower II, with Judy and Bob Hall, and  their crew member Michael Frankel aboard.  We also found that Adoris was already here with owner, Saadia Rees and his wife Tseppi aboard.  They were tied up at Sailboat Bend, close to the Riverwalk at a place Jimmy Cornell had arranged for, with the City of Ft. Lauderdale.  The boats were rafted, because of inadequate depth, power did not work right away and the conditions were not even close to Las Olas so we have opted to stay here, absorbing all the luxury possible, for a time it may be needed down the way.

The reasons for our early arrival in Ft. Lauderdale were many.  First we had to have our electric roller furling system serviced.  It has worked so well we used the old adage, "If it ain't broke...." and we have left it alone.  Embarking on such a long voyage we decided  we better have it overhauled and we have had that done.  We also had our HRO water maker which has been rebuilt  reinstalled and that required a new remote switch which had somehow malfunctioned just sitting there. There is no end to stuff that can go wrong on a boat and the more "stuff" the more that can go wrong.   Today we having the new ICOM digital VHF with emergency features installed. (Everyone needs one of those.)

We have provisioned here in Ft. Lauderdale all the canned goods, dry goods, and paper and plastic goods.  Today we will begin the fresh provisions, and since we had  the dinner here on Sea Gem the other night we have a little freezer space to fill.  We also will buy some canned meats, not so much for ourselves but to trade in the islands along the way.

We purchase a new bread maker at Target just before we left and it has proved to be a jewel. It was on sale for  about $45.00 and we liked it because of the shape, it fits where it can be permanently fastened to the shelf between the galley and the salon.  The bread maker can run off the inverter and we can bake bread without having the oven on.  I also opted to bring the crock pot on this trip so I can do some slow cooked meals without running the generator.

Tom WilliamsThere is very little planned for the Millennium Odyssey group here in Ft. Lauderdale.  I believe we will have a meeting with the mayor but we have been grouped in with The Pineapple Cup race to Jamaica. Tom Williams is Jimmy Cornells' representative here, Tom is from Jamaica and is just trying to keep things together before we set out.  It is difficult to group racers and cruisers together-they are a different breed altogether, and we have enough sense not to get in their way when they are jockeying for a start.

Duke MarxWednesday night we will all get together after the captain's briefing for Duke Marxs' birthday dinner at BIG PINK a restaurant on the River Walk.  There will be about thirty of us between the sailors, and Duke's family who are coming in for celebration.  It won't be quite the crowd that we saw last night for the Superbowl Street Party but a good one to celebrate a neat guy's birthday and introduce the incoming crew members to the others on the rally.  Time to go.  Buy more stuff.  Then, try to find a place to put the stuff.  Until later. . .