We left Key Biscayne/No Name harbor for our trip to Key West this morning. Our first stop is Rodriquez Key just south of Key Largo, some 45 miles south. Moderate winds were initially on the nose, but much calmer than Monday. 4 hours in, we were finally able to put the jib out and motorsail. Saw speeds as hi as 7 knots. A few sailboats out moving but unsettled weather kept most in port. A fairly uneventful trip, just so hard to get used to the lower visibility in the water here than what we had over last three months. A couple lights rains, but a lot of sunlight. We anchored at Rodriquez for the night before our next leg to Marathon. The weather is finally improving and forecast shows great winds for next week.
Rodriquez Key is considered a prime overnight stopping point between Miami area and Marathon. Nothing more than a overgrown mango island, but provides a good anchorage. A little shallow, mean low water level around 6.5-7 foot, and hard to see anchor set, but very good holding once set. Tonight I counted 12 vessels here, so obvious a good size anchorage.
Hopefully we can get some sleep tonight and press on to Marathon tomorrow.