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

Foggy beginning to the Gulf crossing

25 January 2008 | Tampa
Day 12 - Wednesday, 1-23-08 - Carrabelle to Southward Track in the Gulf of Mexico

It was fog this time that delayed our departure. We had planned a 6 am departure but waited until 7:30 and then very slowly made our way out of the Carrabelle River with Roger on the bow sighting markers. We were followed out by several couples in motor vessels, which based on the radio conversations we monitored, seemed very confused in the fog. Once we were in the bay Sara stood on the bow and Jean manned the fog horn. We decided the visibility was too poor to make it comfortably through East Pass into the Gulf so we pulled out of the channel and anchored for about half an hour until the fog burned off. The Pass goes by Dog Island, which is accessible only by boat. The houses were sparse, but quite nice.

Sara took half a Bonine to stave off seasickness and slept almost the entire day. She woke just in time to see several pods of dolphins playing around the boat. Some were huge and were speckled dark and light grey. There were quite a few babies who seemed to be almost pasted to their mommies.

The Gulf was actually fairly calm. In fact, the guys were disappointed the winds were too light to sail. They did motor sail at times but it looks like this blue water crossing will be made mostly by diesel rather than sail. We essentially had the Gulf to ourselves, only spotting a sailboat about 6 miles to the northeast of us. The water was a beautiful green. It does seem strange not to be able to see land.

As evening approached, we rigged for night sailing requiring each sailor on deck to wear a PFD and tether themselves to one of the jack lines or to a strong fixed point on the boat. Sara took a turn on the wheel and headed for bed .... again! The guys set up to take turns throughout the night. They hoped for a clear moonlit night, but the cloud cover was unremitting. (SBS)
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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