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 Kick in the Head

02 February 2008
Day 21 - Thursday, 1-31-08 - Bradenton Beach to Venice

Hated to leave Bradenton; truly a beautiful beach. The guys decided they'd had it with bascule bridges for a while and headed out the Longboat Pass passing under the single bascule bridge (the only bascule bridge that Jean didn't get a picture of!) for open water at 7:18 a.m. The seas ranged from about 2'-4' but with the short period irregular waves the boat motion was not particularly comfortable. We accused Gerry of hitting all the potholes, appropriate since he was in charge of LDOTD maintenance at one time. Basically, the girls took Bonine and went to sleep. Gerry and Roger bounced about for a couple of hours with the headsail boosting the speed to 5 - 5.3 knots. Then the headsail came down as did the speed. The bouncing continued, however. The girls got up to offer hot chocolate at one point and peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. We were hopeful that we could reach Boca Grande today but it soon became apparent that would not be possible, so we diverted to our alternative anchorage, Venice. We docked at the Crow's Nest Marina at 1:30 p.m in a beautiful setting at the confluence of the inlet, harbor and ICW. Started out on bikes to tour the city, but abandoned them after a while, walking the 1 miles or so in to town (we needed the exercise!). Of course, Jean collected her sample of Venice Beach sand along the way. We thought we had entered the movie set of "Cocoon" as we sat on the ground in the Millennium Park and listened to "The Gentlemen's Jazz Band". They, along with most of the citizens, were "way old." Had a beer and spinach and artichoke dip at Carney's Pub and Grill (there's also one in Cape May, NJ which gives you some idea of where all the town denizens are from) and an ice cream cone and headed back to the boat. After a supper of baked potato and a "black and blue" salad (using the left over steak from Dave and Martha's) and then a nap, Sara tried to liven up the evening by taking a tumble off the boat. A strong current whipped the boat back as she stepped backwards onto the dock, a line grabbed her foot and sent her sprawling. Gerry came to her rescue as she was hanging on to that line with her foot to keep from going over into the water. She had hit her noggin on the yacht in the next slip, raising a goose egg and scrapping off enough scalp to cause a few anxious moments until the bleeding stopped. Roger and Jean were able EMT's, applying cold ice packs and warm blankets. We hope tomorrow will be a little more fun as we head for Captiva Island. By the way (since several have asked) we share the blog writing duties, signing our initials after each segment. GLR is Gerry, RKS is Roger, JGR is Jean and SBS is Sara. However, everyone's blog is subject to editing by the rest of the crew. We appreciate your comments. You are an integral part of our "journey." (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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