21 May 2016 | Snead Island Boat Works, Manatee River
11 April 2016 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
17 March 2016 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
02 March 2016 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
02 March 2016 | Crow's Nest Marina, Venice, FL
21 February 2016 | Ft. Meyers Beach Mooring Field
17 February 2016 | Gulf Harbor Marina, Fort Myers, FL
16 February 2016 | Gulf Harbor Marina, Fort Myers, FL
15 February 2016 | Gulf Harbor Marina, Fort Myers, FL
13 February 2016 | Ft. Meyers Beach Mooring Field
31 January 2016 | Ft. Meyers Beach Mooring Field
25 January 2016 | Burnt Store Marina, FL
21 January 2016 | Platinum Point Yacht Club, Burnt Store Marina, Charlotte Harbor Florida
20 January 2016 | Sarasota Mooring Field
28 December 2015 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
16 December 2015 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
06 December 2015 | Gulfport Municipal Marina, Gulfport, FL
02 December 2015 | Gulfport Municipal Marina, Gulfport, FL
30 November 2015 | Clearwater Harbor Marina, Clearwater, FL
28 November 2015 | Moorings Marina, Carrabelle, FL
Good Sail, Good Friends, Good Time
09 January 2012 | Hawksbill Cay, Exuma Land and Sea Park
We wanted to get out of Nassau and get some distance towards Georgetown. Rick and Tracy were amenable, so we made a pretty long sail today. We left the dock at about a quarter to nine. We couldn't leave earlier because our route took us across the yellow banks and we have to keep a look out for coral heads in that area. It's not recommended to go through there before 11 in the morning, so the sun is high enough not to glare on the water. We arrived at the banks at just about 11 and made it through without incident. There seemed to be fewer coral heads on this route and we only altered course a couple of times. Rick had been at the helm, but when we got to the area with coral heads he let Bud take over. He said if someone was going to run the boat aground he didn't want it to be him.
There was between 11 and 15 knots of apparent wind for most of the day and Earendil really showed her stuff. She romped along at over 7 knots for much of the day. We saw three boats ahead of us as we headed to the banks. We passed all three of them. The wind got a bit lighter later in the day, but we sailed without any engine for 90 per cent of the time. We got to the mooring balls at just about 4:30 in the afternoon after going 49 nautical miles.
We had a fun time snagging the mooring ball with three of us on the bow and at least two of us giving Bud directions on where to turn the boat. But we got the ball on the first try and managed to get two lines secured without incident. We launched the dinghy and took Fuzzy ashore and spent some time playing on our own private beach. Then we hurried back to the boat because it was almost sunset. I grabbed both the conch horns and Rick and I blew the evening tribute to King Sol. Rick and Tracy like the other conch horn I made and are taking it home with them. Rick learned to blow it almost immediately.
We were sitting up in the cockpit enjoying the early evening when I noticed a glow in the sky to the east, just behind the island. Since there are no towns or lights in this area I was wondering what it could be when I realized it was the light from the rising moon. We enjoyed a most spectacular full moonrise. Rick and I both tried to get pictures, but I don't think they came out.
Bud fixed lobster tails we'd bought from a local fisherman on Great Harbour Cay. We all ate a hearty dinner after our full day of sailing. It was a fine day.
Rick says, "Hi, having a great time and wish you were here." to Pat and Pam, Frank and Cindy, and Lois.