11 April 2016 | Meeks Patch
01 April 2016 | Cape Eluethera Marina
30 March 2016 | Little Farmers Cay
28 March 2016 | Black Point
27 March 2016 | Staniel Cay
25 March 2016 | Warwick Wells
24 March 2016 | Allens Cay
23 March 2016 | Highbourne
23 March 2016 | Paradise Hotel and Marina
10 March 2016 | Dania Beach
22 February 2016 | Hollywood
19 February 2016 | Peanut Island
17 February 2016 | Peck Lake
16 February 2016 | STUART, Fl
30 November 2015 | Stuart
29 November 2015 | Stuart
24 April 2018 | Fernandina Beach
Clear 10-15k from the west.
We arrived in St Augustine about 4:30P. We where lucky and got a slip at the city marina which iqs being rebuilt from all the hurricanes. We walked St Augustine which is one of our favorite places. We had dinner at a seafood restaurant and had a good night sleep on the boat. In the morning we took our walk got some coffee and departed about 8:10 so we could time the 8:30 opening of the bridge of lions. We had a nice trip up the inter coastal to Fernandina Beach which is another one of our favorite places. We ran aground once. The tide was so low and we must have hit a short low spot in the inter coastal. Finisterre bumped along and cleared to area with no problems. We arrived at Fernandina at 4:35 and go the last mooring available. We dinkyed into town and walked and ate at a seafood restraint on the water front. We met some Crusiers and after talking found out the wowmen was the sisypeter of our old pastor Father Lee at St Michaels church in Ridge. It's a small world. We dinkyed back to the boat to a nice sunset and we are ready for our next destinations in GA.
24 April 2018 | Daytona Beach Halifax Marina
Horrible, tropic rain, TS and high wind.
Rough ride with rain T storms and wind 20-25 all the way to COCO Beach where we anchored. My Mom and Dad use to rent a condo here and it brought back fond memories of ent to Titusville City Marina which was great. We walked around Titusville and went to Dixie Crossroads which my friend Robbie is always talking about. It was as good as he said. That night we had salads at a local brewery that was in a warehouse. It was very good. After a good nights sleep we headed to Daytona. Winds where only 15-20 from the east southeast. So we had a good run with the jib. We made it to Daytona Halifax marina for the night and met up with are good friend Bob Morrissey. We had diner and shared memories.
This is the voyage of the Star Ship Enerprise
24 April 2018 | Grand Bahama Is to Fort Pierce
Clear, winds SW 10-17K
This is the continuing voyage of the stayr ship enterprise with its mission to go where no man has gone before. Actually this is the continuing voyage of the sailing ship Finisterre to go where people have gone before. We arrived in Freeport after 9 great days in the berry Islands. We made the 79 miles in Great time. Got to Grand Bahama Marina in Lucaya at about 4P. We took a swim then the ferry into Lucaya and had dinner at a Italian place. We departed early the next day for the east coast of Florida. It was a beautiful day. We decided to angle up to Fort Pierce and ride the Gulf Stream. We did the 110 miles in about 14 hours. So we averaged about 9 knots. The wind pick up at dusk and we had a rough ride to the Fort Pierce inlet. My night vision is so bad with my caderac's but Kathi guided us thru the inlet at night. There where many blinking lights and this one boats emergency brocast on channel 16 kept going off which caused confusion at the inlet. We made it to our Anchorage about 10 and anchored for the night.
Great Harbor Cay
14 April 2018 | Great Harbour Cay Bahamas
Sunny and winds 15-20 from the east
We had a wonderful sail from Bimini to Great Harbor Cay in the Berry Islands. We did the 84 Miles in 11.5 hours. We were sailing at 7-8 knots all day with the wind 12-15K SE about 60 degrees off the bow. The marina at gGrest Sail is really interesting with lots of history. The Rat Pack use to hangout here in the late sixties early seventies. If you google Great Harbour Cay history on Wikipedia you can find an article on it. We explored the ruins of the old club house and you could just imagine what it had been like for the rich and famous. There is also a 18 hole golf course which J Nichols was the pro but it’s all grown over and 9 holes are abandoned. The island went south when the Bahamas got their independence for England and also when the drug trade moved in in the late seventies. We biked, hiked, dinkyied and took a puddle jumper to the mainland to added Bob and Trish Diehl’s daughter Jaquelin’s wedding. We will return to continue our journey on Sunday. Bad weather is suppose to be coming in. They predict squalls with 40-50 k winds. We may be stuck in Great Harbour Cay for several days.
09 April 2018 | South Florida and Bahàmas
We departed from longboat and had a good trip to pelican bay. We spent the night then did some park hiking. We then sailed down to Sanibel and anchored. We went to an old hang out that we hadn't been in 33 years The Mucky Duck. Regards to say it had changed quit a bit with lots of development around it. We went to Easter mass in the morning and then sailed down to the end of Sanibel to anchor for the nigh. The next day was a zero dark thirty to Shark River. We made the 83 miles in 12 hours 😊, and anchored out next to the shoreline so the mosquitos wouldn't eat us alive. Next day it was up early and a course set for marathon. The pots were horrid LE and required a lot of course corrections but we made it in good time and pulled into Marathon Marina at about 2P. The marina was nice and the pool great since it was so hot out. We provisioned and washed the boat down and go t her seat for next trip to the Bahamas. The first day in Marathon we hit the early bird happy hour at Lazy days. We ate for only $16 for the both of us. The next day we had the early bird special at the light house restaurant and split the special for $20. My Mom would be proud of the bargains. We departed for Bimini Thursday 10 AM with an anticipated 6Am arrival. It about 145 mile voyage. All the weather reports were wrong and I was stupid not to follow our backup plan which was to anchor to the west of Rodrigos Key. As night approached we headed out a cross the Gulf Stream the winds stayed steady from the northeast at 20-23K. Needless to say it was an extremely rough ride all night. The boat did well but the crew did not. I'll never do that again, I am too old to get tossed about. We pulled into Bimini on schedule and had to wait a little for sunup. We were able to get a slip right away at the Blue Water Marina. We spent 3 wonderful days in Bimini. Great conch salad and great hiking. We checked out south Bimini Island Sands Marina and also the hiking trail which was awesome. Finisterre is ready to go to the next stop which is the Berry Islands.
On the road again
29 March 2018 | LBK
We have had the boat at Longboat Key for 2 months now. We have gone to Huston and also Ridge. I also made a quick trip to the UAE for work. We also got most of our DR appointments done especially Kathis quarterly check up which was good. We plan to head to the Bahamas next.