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

A bridge too far...

01 February 2008 | Bradenton Beach
Day 20 - Wednesday, 1-30-08 - Clearwater to Bradenton Beach

The winds were unfavorable, so we elected to stay inside instead of going outside for the run to Longboat Key. Unfortunately, we had to pass through ten (that's right, ten) bascule bridges. Jean took pictures of all them, sometimes multiple pictures. All were double bascule or twin double bascule bridges, which are moveable bridges having two (or four) spans which separate in the middle and are hinged at the edges of the opening. It was a lot of bridges to go through, requiring waiting time at each one. This slowed down our progress enough that we could not make it to Longboat Key before dark. It was one bridge too far away. So, we decided to go into Bradenton Beach for the evening.

The Bradenton Beach Marina is located on the ICW, but is only three blocks from the beach, so after securing the boat we headed for the beach. Jean forgot her sandwich bag for sand collection, so she had to collect it in her beverage container, which she took to dinner and carried back to the boat. We had dinner at the Beach House, a lovely restaurant right on the beach, and watched a stunning sunset from our patio table. It was truly a memorable evening.

The guys are really getting bummed out by all this motoring and are hoping to go outside and sail tomorrow on our way to Boca Grande. The weather reports look favorable, so they should have a great day to follow our great evening. (JGR)

ps Yes that's Jean in her photographers perch on the bow of the boat- a picture of her taking a picture!
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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