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 plain day...

22 January 2008 | Moorings Marina- Carrabelle
Day 10 - Monday, 1-21-08 - Carrabelle

My brother once wrote in his diary, "It was a plain day, we played running." Well, Monday was just a plain day, with the guys making a hardware run for a water hose, batteries and some fasteners while the gals visited the local IGA for provisioning.

Jean and Sara did visit Carrabelle's World War II Museum and learned about the amphibious training at Camp Gordon Johnston here that housed as many as 44,000 soldiers during WW II. A small number of German and Italian POW's were also interned at the Camp. Sara and Jean saw examples of wooden wardrobes and vests (made of Army blankets) constructed by the POW's during their internment. The soldiers lived in tar paper shacks with sand floors. These conditions, along with rattlesnakes and sand fleas, led to the reported remark that the soldiers would just as soon go to war as stay here.

The gals bought a huge bag of books at the used book store for $10 and Jean's winsome ways got them each a double scoop of ice cream at Carrabelle Junction for the price of a single scoop. Ah, the simple pleasures!

Wednesday, the 22nd, is our anticipated Gulf crossing to Clearwater Beach. Gerry entered the Clearwater Pass waypoint into the chart plotter and verified our paper chart course of 148 nm on a bearing of 142 M (magnetic). If we can average 5 kts, we should be able to make the crossing in about 30 hours. We'll be met in Clearwater by Roger's brother and his wife, Dave and Martha, and spend a couple of days with them in the Tampa Bay area.

We plan to loose our moorings at about 6 am and will be followed at about 7 am by two motor vessels (one with a washer and dryer on board!), with home ports of Vermilion, OH and Houston, TX, currently moored aft of us in the Marina. They probably cruise at 8-10 kts compared to our 5-6 kts, so they'll catch us somewhere along the way. NW winds at 5-10 kts are forecast, which are not ideal for sailing a rhumb line course but should make for relatively flat seas. (RKS)
Vessel Name: Seahawk
Vessel Make/Model: Gemini 105 Mc
Hailing Port: Lillian, AL
Crew: Jean and Gerry; Sara and Roger
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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