Bradenton to Clearwater
30 May 2011 | Clearwater Municipal Marina
A man and his dog cruising the ICW near Bradenton, Fl
Gee, it's great to be sailing again. We left the Seafood Shack about 8:30am and arrived at the Clearwater Municipal Marina at 5:30pm. All but the first and last hour and a half were under sail. The winds were light and shifty, but thankfully, mostly on our beam. The seas were a little choppy as we crossed Tampa Bay but smoothed out as we ran up the coastline. The sail was so nice, we (well me at least) were tempted to make a left turn and head out on a direct course to Pensacola. But that's a three day non-stop trip and neither Ann or I want to stand watch that long.
So tonight we're staying in Clearwater and tomorrow we're going to make the crossing to Apalachicola which should only take around 30 hours. From there we'll hop up the coast alternating cruising off shore and in shore on the ICW to Pensacola.