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

It was a dark and stormy night...

19 January 2008 | Apalachicola Waterfront
Day 6- Thursday, 1-17-08- Panama City Marina to Apalachicola

Having survived the "dark and stormy night" in the Panama City Marina mooring using doubled mooring lines and an extensive fender system and operating on the basis of a favorable weather report for Friday, we agreed to get a 6 am start on Thursday. Gerry, being one of the dutiful captains of the S/V Last Dance, set his watch for 5:25:00 am but was up and dressed at 00:05:25 am (12:25 a.m.) when he waked and misread his watch- Jean followed suit. Once they discovered the error, Gerry and Jean simply went back to bed, clothes and all! We did manage a pre-sunrise start for Apalachicola at 5:47 am - about a 54 nautical mile (nm) leg. The passage was uneventful (thankfully!), the weather cloudy, the air temperature on the cool side and the wind and seas moderate. The variable orientation and sheltered nature of this section of the ICW precluded the possibility of motor-sailing, much less sailing. The crew shared watches at the helm, Jean steered us through the treacherously shallow waters of Lake Wimico but got more than a little anxious when the water depth indicator on the chart plotter suddenly began to decrease and "pegged" at 1.4 ft! Fortunately, it was just a temporary malfunction. Activity along the waterway was limited to one overtaking motor vessel, a crabber, several fishermen and numerous birds-notably Blue Heron and Osprey. We arrived at the Scipio Creek Marina at about 4 pm EST having achieved our best average speed so far - 5.9 kts. The crew enjoyed wine and popcorn on deck before capping the day with great oysters at Papa Joe's Restaurant at the Marina. But the day's real highlight??? A repair-free day!! Tomorrow we venture into the unknown (to us!) waters of Apalachee Bay to seek the treasures of the far east city of Carrabelle. We pray we don't sail off the edge of the earth. (RKS)
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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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