Unplanned Stop in Thousand Islands
26 February 2016 | Thousand Islands, Florida
We awoke to find the winds light. We deployed the assymetrical spinnaker and watched Aria reach a mere 3.0 kts. Clearly we were not going to make Marco Island this day.
Using Active Captain's app, I found an interim anchorage near Indian Key that I felt we could reach without turning on the engine. It was in the so-called "Thousand Islands" region of SW Florida.
It was fun ghosting along, watching the spinnaker fill and spill, fill and spill, pulling 9-ton Aria - our little floating home - ever forward. Hypnotic. We were sailing just 70 degrees off the wind, about as high as I have ever used this particular sail. I fiddled endlessly with trim until I realized 0.1kt was not going to make much difference one way or another. We quit worrying about boat speed and used the time to read and do boat chores.
The anchorage at Indian Key was deep with great protection from the east. This was a more commercialized area of the Everglades, and we were waked often by tour boats and fishing charter boats. We also saw plenty of birds, dolphins... and mosquitos! We put in the screens, watched a movie and were asleep by 8PM. As usual these days, we were unable to to make it to "cruiser's midnight," which is 9PM