Seahawk Flies to Naples, FL

The crew of Last Dance will sail her from her home port of Pirates Cove (near Gulf Shores, AL) to the Exumas in the Bahamas and return, January-April 2008.

31 May 2017 | The Wizard of Id aka Retired Commander Ray- not really!
30 May 2017 | The Seahawk crew minus Roger, the photographer
27 May 2017 | Chihuly Glass- St Petersburg, FL, Exhibition
27 May 2017 | Perdido Bay Homeport
27 May 2017 | Bluewater Bay Marina Sunset
27 May 2017 | Cooks Only Restaurant- Panama City Marina
27 May 2017 | Catholic Church, Boca Grande, FL
27 May 2017 | Clearwater Beach Fading in the Distance
29 April 2017 | Seahawk in her Clearwater Beach Marina Perch
29 April 2017 | Sunset at Galati's, Holmes Beach
29 April 2017 | Gasparilla Marina, Placida, FL
29 April 2017 | Temporary Anchorage- Overheating, Uncle Henry's Marina Channel
29 April 2017 | Banyan Tree Archway, Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island
28 April 2017 | Houseboat Bar along ICW near San Carlos bay
28 April 2017 | Caloosahatchee River near Ft Mayers
28 April 2017 | Garden at Palm Cottage, Naples, FL
28 April 2017 | Palm Cottage, Naples, FL
28 April 2017 | Naples Pier
21 April 2017 | Sara's Favorite, Edison Estate, Ft Myers, FL
21 April 2017 | Edison's Summer Home, FT Myers, FL

The Return CROSSING

27 May 2017 | Clearwater Beach Fading in the Distance
Clearwater Beach Marina to Apalachicola May 8-9, 2017

We got underway fairly early, without incident, and proceeded along the main channel to the ICW. Turning into Clearwater pass around 0830 the pass did not appear to be the 1'-2' seas as predicted by the NWS but the area off Clearwater was forecast to be a little rougher than further offshore. The wave height was 1'-2' but it was superimposed on 4'-5' swells again about a boat length apart. We pressed on thinking conditions would get better as we got offshore and they did but it was 30 hours later when we approached the Government Cut at St George Island. Needless to say the gulls were not happy with the co-captains weather forecasting prowess ( lack ) and stated that early and often. As Gerry stated several times, this was the roughest 1'-2' sea state he had ever encountered. On the plus side, both days were bright and beautiful with only puffy white clouds all along our track. After sunset the night was balmy and clear with little traffic.

We had not navigated to the Government Cut before but the GPS backed up by paper chart periodic fixes was in perfect agreement and we spotted the outer marker dead ahead before noon on May 9. It took us another couple of hours to get to Apalachicola but we figured this route saved about three hours overall and the cut was well marked and easy to navigate in the conditions we encountered.

The Water Street Hotel allowed us to select our mooring so we took a wide dock port side to and had no trouble with this landing. Roger/Sara contacted Peter and Sara and we joined them and their guests for a great Apalachicola oyster supper.

Respectfully submitted,

G. L. Ray, CDR , SS , USNR-Ret
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Vessel Name: Seahawk
Vessel Make/Model: Gemini 105 Mc
Hailing Port: Lillian, AL
Crew: Jean and Gerry; Sara and Roger
About:
After professional careers in Louisiana, Jean and Gerry retired to build their dream home on the water and pursue a long-held dream of sailing to the islands in the winter and to Nova Scotia in the summer. Sara and Roger both retired from Louisiana State University (Go Tigers!). [...]
Extra: Seahawk is moored in picturesque Perdido Bay near the community of Lillian, AL. The foursome previously co-owned Last Dance, a Beneteau Oceanis 321 which they sailed to the Exumas of the Bahamas in 2008. That cruise lasted 3 months and covered 2000 nm.
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