My dad arrived around midnight, having driven from the Orlando airport to meet us at the marina in Stuart. The next morning we used his rental car to buy some groceries, soda (10 12-packs), and beer (maybe 150 cans or so?). At the time it felt like we were making a significant dent in our provisioning for the Bahamas but in retrospect it was just a small start. It was enough to fill up half the rear seating area of the rental pickup. Then we rode the marina bicycles about 20 minutes to Total Wine to stock up on some liquor.
After a day or two of rain, the weather was OK for sailing outside so we departed early in the morning to head south. The bridge right by the marina was just opening for some other boats so we skipped our planned stop at the fuel dock for diesel and water and just kept going. Sailing conditions were brisk with a sustained 20 knots coming from shore. By staying within a mile or two of shore we kept the waves below a foot or two but they were still splashing off the hull and then the wind would blow the spray sideways into the cockpit. We might have enjoyed being even closer to shore. As we approached Port Everglades we determined that we would be stuck there for 3-4 nights due to weather so we decided to push on to Miami. We fired up the engine to make maximum speed (there was plenty of wind but it is only desirable to heel so much) and were able to anchor in marine stadium just before dark.