Sunday evening, 12/02/12 we had our boat denaming and renaming ceremony officiated by Captain Nick Chiappani. The dock had one of their potlucks that evening which completed the evening full of good friends and good food. We appeased the wind gods during the ceremony and installed the lettering on Truansea so she is now official. Our dinghy is affectionately known as Hooky, and although we didn’t put her name on the transom she received a little of the champagne spray as well.
According to tradition, once all traces of the previous name have been removed it is not to be spoken again. As a final gesture on the first voyage with the new name one also needs to sail the boat backward at least one boat length to back over the old name and appease the spirits.
One of our friends introduced us to a group of his Canadian friends that made their way down the coast to Florida and are also crossing to the Bahamas. We will be joining up with their boats this morning to make our way to Miami again. We will anchor there and wait for a weather window to cross the Gulf Stream. If the weather pattern holds, we should be good to go Saturday, Sunday or Monday. I can’t believe we are finally ready to go!
We are going to miss all of our friends at Riviera. When we moved in here, they said it was very easy to get comfortable here and it is a hard place to leave. They hit the nail on the head. We are very fortunate to have met them all and can’t wait for our paths to cross with them again.
Boats throughout Fort Lauderdale are beautifully lit up for the holidays.
Provisioning the boat has been an interesting experience. Needless to say, our water line is lower than it used to be.
The last boat maintenance has been completed, including changing the engine oil.
We will not have internet access until we get to the Bahamas. Hopefully we will be making a post by December 10th letting you know where we are at!
Fair winds ~ Christine