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38' Island Packet cutter rigged sailboat - sailed 20,000 nautical miles from New England to the Bahamas. Now with new owners Tim & Susan Tiefenbach
Return trip through Boot Key Harbor
Randy - Sunny, 80's, winds SSE 15-25 kts
03/02/2012, Marathon, FL

Another beautiful day, including the stop at Looe Key. Great sailing to Boot Key. This time we anchored outside the harbor as the winds were calm when we arrived. We were rewarded with a VERY beautiful sunset. We departed at 0645 this morning and are bound for Angelfish Creek where we will anchor for the evening and then sail outside up to Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow. That will have us inside before the arrival of the cold front Sunday.

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03/02/2012 | ken & Francie
It sure looks as though you both are having a ball.. It must be working.
03/02/2012 | Dean certainly were all around us... as Straight from the Heart is right behind us... We're on Mooring B-12.

and were out a Sombrero Beach today... Probably as you sailed by...

Don't remember getting any sort of message that you were even in the area....

OH well
Stopped by Looe Key to snorkel on the way back to Marathon
Randy Sunny, 80's, winds SSE 15-25 kts
03/01/2012, About half way between Key West and Marathon

The picture is of the sunrise.

I know I keep writing the same thing about the weather, but that's the way it's been. Nikki brought her good weather karma with her and it has been spectacular.

On the way back to Marathon we stopped by at Looe Key to do some snorkeling. We were here in 2008 and it is still beautiful. It was calm then and this time we had 3'-5'seas so the water was a bit murky so visibility wasn't quite as good, but still beautiful. LOT'S of fish here as at Sombrero Reef with all the same species, only this time we saw a 4' Reef Shark. The only casualty here is that Nikki's underwater camera appears to have bitten the dust. We were able to retrieve the pictures but the camera is toast.

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Most Southern Point in the USA
Randy - Sunny, 80's, winds SE 10-20 kts
02/29/2012, Key West, FL

Mostly sailed, but motor sailed at the end as winds lightened up. We tried to anchor across and somewhat north of Mallory Square, but the holding sucked so we gave it up and went around Flemming Key and picked up a mooring for the night. We know this place well and loaded the bikes into the dinghy and went ashore for a night of fun. We started by going to Mallory Square to catch the traditional tourist sunset (it really is a great place watch) and got a surprise. While standing in line to get a beer, we saw a guy (also standing in line with 5 other people) bend down on one knee and propose to his girl friend. None of us, including his new fiance, expected that.

After the sunset, we caught a couple street entertainer acts and then went to Soppy Joe's to catch the Pete and Wayne Show. These guys are about as raunchy as it gets but are absolutely hilarious. They are still doing the same bit with topically updated stuff and we laughed our asses off. While there, I sent a text to Jenni and Kristin and told them to catch the live video feed from Sloppy Joe's and went up front and waved to them. Kristin saw it and posted a smart as remark on FB about my 15 minutes of fame. She's right - I can be so infantile, but I like it!

Made the ride back to the boat in the dark (around 2300) and called it a night.

Before we left to go ashore, we studied the weather and realized that our plans to sail out to the Dry Tortugas (about 60 nm) would work weather-wise, but if we did that, I would likely get stuck in Key West for as much as a week due to a front moving through and strong NE winds following by Sunday. So with that bit of information, we opted to turn around and sail back towards Ft. Lauderdale on 1 March.

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LOTS of fish
02/28/2012, Sombrero Reef, S of Marathon (Boot Key)


We stopped and snorkeled Sombrero Reef just south of Boot Key. Tons of fish, quite a bit of live coral, but the seas at 3' - 4' made the water a bit murky, but still it was a great time. Nikki took the video of these fish that were basically right under the boat.

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03/01/2012 | s/v namesake
where's the vid? would love to see it! :)
03/01/2012 | jenni
more videos please!! :)
Boot Key Harbor
Randy - Sunny, 80'S, WINDS sse 15-25 KTS
02/28/2012, Marathon, FL

After another great day of sailing and stopping at Sombrero Reef to snorkel, we arrived at Boot Key Harbor and picked up a mooring for the evening with hopes of meeting up with friends Dean and Susan (s/v Autumn Borne) and Don and Maryann (s/v Straight from the Heart). As it turned out, we were able to contact Don and Maryann who invited us for sundowners on Heart. They also invited Jack (an absolute Uncle Animal look-alike)and Tatiana (s/v Pashka) who sail an IP38, sister ship to Kristinly. We had lots of fun reuniting and after cocktails, headed to the Dockside for dinner. Jenni and Matt met us here in 2008 and we danced the night away then. As it was, all there was for the night was karoke - some good, some really bad - like me. Never did hear from Dean and Susan, but maybe another time.

We got an early start on the 29th and made for Key West

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Sailing south of Key Largo
Randy - low 80's, weinds E 15-25, mostly sunny, one small shower
02/27/2012, Indian Key, FL

Today's video is a bit of sailing off the coast of Key Largo.

Today was better than yesterday in terms of sailing conditions. Fairly steady E winds, mostly in the 15 - 20 kts range. A good lazy sailor's kind of day where we set the sails, flicked on the autohelm, and barely touched a thing all day. The water is getting more clear and torquoise by the mile. We stopped here at Indian Key for the night after reading on Active Captain about 3 free moorings here. It's true, but I think they are intended for day use only, however there is nobody else around so in true cruiser fashion, we picked up a penant and plan to stay here for the night. Then we will head to Boot Key tomorrow and hopefully hook up with some friends who are there. Don and Maryann, Dean and Susan, give us a call if you get this. Our plan is to arrive mid-afternoon, make the obligatory run to West Marine, and then maybe catch dinner at the Drydock.

We tried to head out to a dive site where the Christ of the Deep statue is located (went there in 2008), but the farther out of Hawk Channel we went the lumpier it got. When we were about 5 miles out, the waves were short period and about 5' - 6'. We gave up that idea and headed back to the channel. We stopped short here since it would be well after dark when we would arrive at Boot Key and we want to try Sombrero Reef tomorrow for some snorkeling before we call it a day. Sombrero Reef is due south of Boot Key.

Lastly, I forgot to mention we saw m/v Young American north bound yesterday. I raised Fred and Linda on the radio and it was fun catching up with them. Last saw them near Yorktown, VA in June 2008. Another one of those "it's a small world" experiences.

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02/27/2012 | Maryann
OMG! We actually might have gone soooo slow that you caught up with us. Call us when you get into Boot Key....there are some balls available (finally). Look forward to seeing you both. We hope to leave Thursday!
03/01/2012 | s/v namesake
totally not jealous. looks like a blast! so many great memories from previous cruises! :)

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