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

Starry, Starry Night

07 February 2008 | Key West
Days 24 and 25 - Sunday and early Monday, 2-3-08 & 2-4-08 - Naples to Key West
And sail we did, but not immediately. We left Naples under power and headed down a channel leading to the Gulf of Mexico. Out into the Gulf we went. The wind was brisk enough but was on our nose until we made a southerly turn. The guys put up the sails, but had to motorsail because we still did not have favorable winds for the direction we were going. After a few hours, they struck the sails and motored until dark. During the afternoon, we passed through a section of water that was filled with jellyfish. They weren't large, but it was amazing to see so many of them.

You would not believe how beautiful the sky was once it got dark. We were well beyond the light pollution of any inhabitation, the moon did not rise until 4:30 a.m., and the sky was filled with more stars than you have every seen. It was magnificent! During the night, the guys put up the sails, cut the engine, and sailed for over eight hours. Even though we had entered the hot part of the US, it was very cool in the cockpit. The guys had on their heavy jackets, and slept in the cockpit with a blanket wrapped around their lower bodies when not on the helm. The late night/early morning hot chocolate was much appreciated.

At about 5:30 a.m., we arrived at the charted location of the Key West sea buoy, but could not locate it in the dark. The charts declare it to be lighted and gonged, but no light could be seen nor gong heard. We continued past the location for hour and then turned back to return in the morning light. There it was, right were it was supposed to be, but the light was not functioning and the gong could only be heard downwind, very close to the buoy. Once in the channel, we proceeded to the Key West Bight Marina without incident: one more leg of our marvelous adventure completed. (JGR)
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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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