“I’m sorry it’s ending, oh it’s sad, but it’s true. Oh darling, it’s been a lovely cruise.”
12 June 2015 | Lady's Island, SC
Jimmy's classic played on the stereo as we turned into Tampa Bay to dock the boat a final time at the Whiteaker Yacht Brokerage.
Today, June 12, 2015, Far Niente is sold.
And so it ends.
This is the very last entry in the s/v Far Niente cruising blog/log as our 5 year sailing and cruising adventure has come to an end.
When we left southern Lake Michigan June 19, 2010 we thought we were headed to the BVI via the Caribbean 1500 in November. Life and complications got in the way of that remote destination, so we headed south to the Florida Keys. I call it the 'reverse three quarter loop'.
It was a great decision.
We came to love the Keys and spent several of our last 5 winters in Marathon at the spectacular Harbour Cay Club. So many great memories from cocktails at the Tiki Hut and a few less brain cells too.
During our 5 years aboard we cruised back to the Chesapeake, ran the ICW through NC a few times, ate our way through Charleston and worked very hard to find a good reason to leave Hope Town in the Bahamas. Traveling at 7 knots makes you stop in many places you would normally just drive by and discovering those small towns along the shores of the Great Lakes, the Erie Canal, the Chesapeake, the southeast (NC, SC, FL) coast and the Bahamas was a gift.
Most certainly the highlight of these last 5 years has been meeting the great community of cruisers. We ran into to each other over and over the last 5 years; it is indeed a small world on the water. We also made many new friends that I am sure will be friends for life. We are so very thankful for that.
Thank you all for reading about and following our adventure. We wish you health, wealth and happiness.
Adiós and vaya con Dios,
Jeff & Marjorie Graham