Taking Our Chances South

17 December 2014 | Green Cove Springs Marina, Fl
29 May 2014 | Toronto
11 May 2014 | Norfolk, Virginia
11 May 2014 | Indiantown Fl.
03 April 2014 | Stuart Florida
23 March 2014 | Marathon - Stuart Florida
18 March 2014 | Boot Key Marathon Florida
09 March 2014 | Boot Key Harboour, Marathon, Fl
19 February 2014 | Boot Key, Marathon Florida
09 February 2014 | Key Largo, Florida
08 February 2014 | South Beach, Miami Florida
27 January 2014 | West Palm Beach, Florida
23 January 2014 | West Palm Beach Florida
15 January 2014 | Stuart Florida
20 December 2013 | Green Turtle Cay to Ft Pierce Fl
16 December 2013 | Abaco Bight
11 December 2013 | Green Turtle Cay
04 December 2013 | Spanish Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
22 November 2013 | Stuart Florida
08 November 2013 | Ft Pierce Florida

End of a Long Trail

16 January 2013 | Coconut Grove, Miami Fl.
Sunny and hot and humid - Perfect.
Last winter I bought a Waterway Guide for the Intracostal at the Toronto Boat Show. It was minus 9 C and light snow.
I took the book home and read every page of it during the rest of the winter, using Google Earth as a guide to take me leaving the boat in Ft Pierce to Mile 1094 in Miami. Yesterday, January 15th at 1:30 PM we crossed off the last mile in the book and said to each other "We did it!"
After leaving the boat at Fort Pierce and flying back to Toronto for Christmas, we picked up the SUV and drove back down. The boat was just as we left it, although it was a bit of a worry as one can never be too sure. Thanks to Dave and Brenda Brand who drove up from Stuart to check on it for us. It is a boatyard and not a marina so we were a little bit unsure but as it turned out there are lots of Canadians who leave their boats there every year and there wasn't one I met who has ever had a problem.
Up until this point we had never seen a manatee. The marina has a small turning basin for boats that are docked there. We were tied up just a few docks north of the basin in which we discovered was a manatee haven. These gentle creatures were plentiful in this area eating their sea grass and growing to be up to 1600 lbs. They surface only for air or to bask in the sun. One afternoon I counted 14 lumps in the water just a few feet off our boat. At times we could feel them rubbing the boat ridding themselves of barnacles.
They love fresh water and hang around people washing their boats hoping for a mouthful from the hose. We were told it is best not to do it as they are a protected species and should be left to themselves.
Leroy has abandoned ship. We took him back home at Christmas and decided that the papers to get him into the Bahamas wasn't something we wanted to do after all especially since he has had all the required shots at home.
Dave Brand helped me bring the boat from Ft Pierce to Stuart on a beautiful afternoon which gave us time to talk more about the retired life he and Brenda are enjoying in their condo. Chrissie followed Brenda in the car to bring them both back to Stuart. They have encouraged us to participate in their lifestyle in addition to our sailing. A long story short, we ended up buying a beautiful two bedroom condo which we consider part of the whole package of adventure we are living.
Since then we have travelled the remaining portion of the Intracoastal Waterway, sailing through some of the most prime realestate in the country. From West Palm Beach through Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood and Miami, it is a real experience to see the miles of multi million dollar properties all along the water on both sides. Even with all this display of mansions there are some that still stand out, such as the one owned by the owner of the Miami Dolphins which is for sale if anyone is interested.
We anchored in a small lake (Lake Sylvia) right in the centre of Ft Lauderdale downtown, very close to the beach strip. We stayed for two nights and wished we could have stayed longer.
We are leaving this afternoon to sail out to Cay Biscayne which will be our launch point for the Bimini Island where we will check into the Bahamas. We are hoping to leave to cross the Gulf Stream in the next day or so, which will be on the next blog.
The weather is beautiful and so is life !
Vessel Name: CHANCES
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 34' MK II
Hailing Port: Toronto
Crew: Captain Dennis
I am an adventurous and seasoned sailor. I have had this dream of being on vacation 24/7 x 365 for a number of years. In 1997 I set sail for Bonavista Nfld from Toronto via the Madeleine Islands and St Pierre Miquelon. [...]
Extra: Thinking of the Florida Keys. From there who knows.
CHANCES's Photos - Main
Chances in Green Cove Springs Marina preparing to head south for another season
15 Photos
Created 27 December 2014
Ocean Sailing as crew with Mike Benson bringing Soulstice II home from Florida to Toronto
12 Photos
Created 27 December 2014
Sailing back to Stuart from the Florida Keys
10 Photos
Created 25 December 2014
Daily "grind" in Boot Key
12 Photos
Created 18 March 2014
Boot Key, Marathon Fl.
12 Photos
Created 9 March 2014
Life in Boot Key and Marathon Fl
15 Photos
Created 19 February 2014
From Miami Beach into Key Largo
16 Photos
Created 16 February 2014
South Beach Miami Area
18 Photos
Created 8 February 2014
Leaving Palm Beach for Ft Lauderdale and Miami.
5 Photos
Created 27 January 2014
Life at anchor in West Palm Beach Florida
22 Photos
Created 24 January 2014
Leaving Stuart for the Keys
9 Photos
Created 15 January 2014
Leaving the Sea of Abacos
6 Photos
Created 4 January 2014
Marsh Harbour, Hopetown and Treasure Cay
16 Photos
Created 2 January 2014
The Sea of Abaco and Green Turtle Cay
15 Photos
Created 31 December 2013
Leaving Lake Worth Florida, Crossing the Gulf Stream to Spanish Cay
14 Photos
Created 24 December 2013
Waking Chances after a long summer's snooze
7 Photos
Created 10 November 2013
From Nassau north to Florida and home for the summer.
11 Photos
Created 1 May 2013
Moving from Exumas to Nassau
13 Photos
Created 16 April 2013
Lee Stocking Cay and Black Point Settlement
19 Photos
Created 3 April 2013
Photos of our fellow sailors from Toronto Hydroplane and Sailing Club
14 Photos
Created 23 March 2013
Shots of visiting family. George Town Exumas
17 Photos
Created 22 March 2013
Georgetown Great Exuma Island Bahamas
19 Photos
Created 15 March 2013
Georgetown, Great Exuma Island
26 Photos
Created 25 February 2013
Highborne, Hawksbill, Warderick Wells, Cambridge and Staniel Cays
11 Photos
Created 13 February 2013
Highborne Cay, Exumas
14 Photos
Created 4 February 2013
Nassau January 27th
16 Photos
Created 28 January 2013
All the Cays around the Berrys
14 Photos
Created 27 January 2013
Alicetown, Bimini Islands
7 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
Pictures from Southern Florida
13 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
From Toronto To Florida
70 Photos
Created 27 December 2012
Vero Beach to Ft Pierce
12 Photos
Created 12 December 2012
Travel through history
16 Photos
Created 2 December 2012
St Mary's Georgia for Thanksgiving and to Cumberland Island.
22 Photos
Created 29 November 2012
Gallery of scenery in Beaufort SC and the Georgia coastline.
27 Photos
Created 19 November 2012
Water path into Charleston South Carolina
22 Photos
Created 14 November 2012
Southern North Carolina
15 Photos
Created 8 November 2012
Elizabeth City North Carolina
9 Photos
Created 4 November 2012
Route through canal from Norfolk Virginia to Elizabeth City, North Carolina
26 Photos
Created 25 October 2012
St Michaels MD. Museum and landscape
20 Photos
Created 18 October 2012
Annapolis Boat show
28 Photos
Created 10 October 2012
Chesapeake City, Maryland. Interesting little town if you like nick-knacks and antiques
20 Photos
Created 30 September 2012
My Kind Of Town
22 Photos
Created 27 September 2012
14 Photos
Created 19 September 2012
From Waterford to Castleton
6 Photos
Created 13 September 2012
18 Photos
Created 7 September 2012
Pictures of demasting and Leroy on the canal
12 Photos
Created 30 August 2012
Preparing Chances to sail away, selling our home and moving aboard
7 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 28 April 2012

Life is good!

Who: Captain Dennis
Port: Toronto