I don’t have many compliments for Lake Worth (often called Lake Worthless) and the West Palm Beach area where we anchored. Just not very scenic, unless you like container ships, work barges, tugs and plenty of pleasure boats. During our two day stay (waiting for good wind to sail north) just to prove me wrong, we enjoyed two nice events. Don’t get excited; remember we live on a boat and little things matter. I was working on a sewing project and looked out the front window to see a brown object in the water that I was sure (quite hopeful) was not one of the those blobs of brown weeds that clump together and float about. Work break!
Yes, a sea turtle. All 12″ of him or her. Got some good close-ups and you can see that this really is a turtle. The water was very clear and visibility was good.
Shortly after the turtle entertainment, we began noticing monohulls sailing around the anchorage and a large bright orange ball had been placed in the water as a turning point. Seems the local sailing club was enjoying Saturday racing and we were smack in the middle. Pros all and none smashed into us. Spinnakers up and down and so pretty; those were the ones I wanted to photograph.
The CoastGuard was having a field day; stopping boats left and right. One poor guy in a Sport fishing boat had the bad luck to be questioned. The CoastGuard radios him with a bunch of questions, e.g. where did you come from, where headed, no. of people on board, your DOB, spell your name, boat doc or reg #, and the killer- any weapons on board? The guy says yes and describes them. He does not have a permit as he’s from North Carolina and maybe does not need one there, but in FL- oh boy. He gets boarded. The CoastGuard does not enforce state laws, but I’d bet big bucks that the local authorities were notified.