We had the pleasure of spending American Thanksgiving in Vero Beach. Vero beach is so comfortable for cruisers that it nicknamed Velcro beach because so many cruisers get stuck there much longer than planned. WE did indeed meet alot of cruisers who had been there for a while. Many from Quebec, some we had already crossed paths and some we had heard about but was our first time meeting (Maxime, Karine and their very young children (2 & 4 years old) on Angelique their 30ft red hulled sailboat). The mooring field is large and very protected. The spot is so popular that up to three boats sharing a ball is the norm. The facilities are clean and there is a comfortable cruisers lounge. Similar to Titusville a free bus runs a route to town for shopping and to the beach (actually Titusville's shuttle is modelled on Vero's). While all these features make Vero a prime stop it is really the cruising community there that makes Vero stand out. The potluck Thanksgiving dinner organized by the cruisers was well attended (about 100) and a lot of fun. Everyone even brings their own plates & cups (note cruising etiquette). The food was delish. There was music. We met very interesting and experienced couples at our table. We learned a lot and made some great friends. Cassandra even won a raffle prize: one free night at a ritzy marina (normally $5) about 10 miles further south at Fort Pierce.
After the dinner we visited our new friends Jeff & Debbie on their beautiful new 42ft catamaran Sea Sparrow. From Halifax, this is their first boat (took ownership in Florida three weeks earlier) and first time headed south. We had a great time onboard and enjoyed all the space!
|Our ghetto blue plates... we have better but had no idea it would be such a fancy shindig.
|Table 10 forever!
|Sweet new bilge compartment racks I built. Look at all that wasted space no made useful!
|Ever have to use a screw extractor? I hadn't until now.
|Strange ball fellows. Do you agree with hull mixing? What's happened to the south?!