We've been reading all the posts from home about the relentless hot weather in Perth and Bunbury, and feeling really fortunate to be in southern Florida in the winter time. No wonder those with the means retire here - mild days 28 - 32 degrees, nights with a gentle cooling breeze. And speaking of means, there is some serious wealth in these parts in the form of palatial homes and unbelievable luxury boats. Fort Lauderdale is largely built on a system of rivers and canals, so there are miles and miles of water frontage and every waterfront mansion seems to have a substantial yacht or powerboat on its dock. You wouldn't want to have a big psychological investment in the size of your boat here. Even Spielberg's $200 million yacht is overshadowed by one across the harbour belonging to a Russian 'businessman'. Apparently this guy has so many assets around the world that he doesn't even know where his boat is.
This interlude has given us time to do some of the planning and paperwork for the ARC Europe rally in May, so we're now fully subscribed and paid up members. We've bought our life-raft, a thing of beauty and fine engineering that we hope never to see in action, and we're stocking the various spares and supplies we are likely to need. Most importantly, we're very much looking forward to meeting Padraig, who will be joining us as a crew member for the rally!