An advantage of being located here in Fort Pierce is the nearby class “A” inlet. We took advantage of that today and made the half hour run to the Atlantic for a day of sailing. As the currents are very strong both here in the marina and at the inlet, one must time departure and return for slack current so as to avoid any difficulties. Just yesterday two boats ran aground leaving the marina and a third completely lost control and crashed into another docked boat – resulting in a visit from the Marine Police.
We had no difficulty and enjoyed 6 hours of off-shore sailing in NNE winds at 15kts, changing to E later in the day. Sea state started at 2 to 4 feet, laying down as the day progressed. Not sure why, but “Sylestial Star” was the only sailboat in sight all day.
While we remain in Fort Pierce we have continued to explore the area. We attended the Grand Opening of a new Art Gallery, owned by Lisa Jill Allison, who is a friend of our friend Kari McCoy. Kari lives in nearby Port St. Lucie.
We visited the nearby “Heathcote Gardens”, home of the largest publicly owned Bonsai collection in the country.
We visited Fort Pierce City Hall to view a collection of paintings by the “Highwaymen”. So named, as they were black artists who painted and sold their paintings along highways in the old segregated south.
Every Saturday Fort Pierce plays host to Florida's largest Outdoor Food Market and Craft Bazaar. The Festival, held along the city's pretty waterfront, was enhanced this week with the “Cracker Riders” who spent 8 days crossing the state on horseback and then mingled with the crowd. There was a bluegrass band at one end of the Festival, a rock band with dancing at the other end and plenty of open air Tiki Bar dining and munching around the tents. Pretty Cool!