Cruising Alizée

Geo-tracking the sailing adventures of James and Penelope on s/v Alizée

29 March 2011 | Cortez, FL on ICW just below Tampa Bay
25 March 2011 | Punta Gorda, FL
22 March 2011 | San Carlos Bay, Ft. Myers Beach
18 March 2011 | Key West, FL
14 March 2011 | Marathon, Vaca Key, FL
12 March 2011 | Rodriguez Key next to Key Largo
10 March 2011 | Biscayne Bay, Florida
08 March 2011 | 26 50.770'N
01 June 2010 | Anchorage inside Ponce Inlet, FL
05 May 2010 | Green Turtle Cay
03 May 2010 | Great Guana Cay
27 April 2010 | Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
26 April 2010 | Little Harbour, bottom of the Sea of Abaco
23 April 2010 | Harbour Island (Briland), Bahamas
17 April 2010 | top of Eleuthera, Bahamas
10 April 2010 | Governors Harbour, Eleuthera
05 April 2010 | Rock Sound Harbor, Eleuthera
22 March 2010 | Long Island, The Bahamas
12 March 2010 | Elizabeth Harbour
06 March 2010 | Marina at Emerald Bay

Key West to the west coast ...

22 March 2011 | San Carlos Bay, Ft. Myers Beach
Sunny and clear
... of Florida, that is.

We escaped "spring break" weekend in Key West and started our crossing to Florida's west coast at 1400 on Sunday. Although the winds were NE, which precluded doing a quicker crossing to Marco Island, we had a good sail for eight hours toward Ft. Myers. Then the wind shifted to NNE and we rolled in the Genoa to motor sail with the staysail and main.

All went well and we enjoyed the almost full-moon night, Pen witnessing the "OMG" moon rising at around 2130. The next morning, while I was on watch and Pen catching needed sleep, the wind shifted back again, and I started rolling out the Genoa. Crash!! The pin at the foot of the forestay (on to which the Genoa is rolled up) broke loose and the whole roller furler apparatus flew out over the port side.

It was an adventure getting it all under control, taking down the sails and tying the roller furler off at the bow so we could proceed under power to anchor. But we got it done, accompanied by some curious dolphins, and safely anchored in San Carlos Bay. This morning we arranged to take Alizee into a boat yard in Ft. Myers Beach around noon for repairs. Looks like we'll see a bit of Ft. Myers Beach this afternoon and evening.
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Vessel Name: Alizée
Vessel Make/Model: Cabo Rico 36 (2001) #2
Hailing Port: San Francisco CA
Crew: James Williams & Penelope Mayer
About: Sail out of St. Petersburg, Florida at the moment, sharing our home afloat with our home ashore in Deland, Florida.
Home Page: http://alizee.us
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Who: James Williams & Penelope Mayer
Port: San Francisco CA