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

Pay It Forward

11 February 2008 | Marathon
Day 31 - Sunday, 2-10-08 - Marathon

The happy crew arose early, anticipating our run to Key Largo. We squeezed Last Dance out of the skinny slip and were on our way. But not for long! The guys had decided to take Sisters Creek to the Hawke Channel instead of going back out through the bascule bridge the way we came. We promptly ran aground while making the turn into Sisters Creek. Luckily for us, a nearby live-aboard sailor saw us trying to refloat the boat, got into his dingy and came to help us. With his help and Divine Providence in the form of a strong gust of wind at the right time, we were refloated and off we went on the next leg of our grand adventure. The guys decided to deal with the devil we knew and went down the channel we came in on, through the bascule bridge, and out into the Hawke Channel. Oh, happy day, we were on our way.

We cleared the harbor channel and were looking forward to making our turn for Key Largo. The wind was good and the seas were not high so the guys decided to put up the sails when we got a little farther up the Hawke Channel. Up ahead, we noticed someone in a small runabout waving wildly at us. When we were sure that he was signaling us, we headed his way. It was a group of five young men who had been out fishing and had a problem getting back. They had been without propulsion since 2:00 a.m. They were anchored, so they were in no danger, but they were well and truly stuck. It was time for us to "pay it forward" and help them, just as we had been helped earlier in the day. Although their English was limited and it was sometimes difficult to convey what we wanted them to do, we took them in tow and delivered them to the fuel dock at the Marathon Marina and Boat Yard. By the time this was done, it was too late in the day for us to start out again for Key Largo so we got a slip at the Marathon Marina and Boat Yard, where we were two nights ago. We seem to be going around in circles here.

It looks like we will be here for a while. The expected cool front came in today with high winds, making a layover necessary. We may be here until Wednesday. Sara and Roger took a cab into town and went to two art shows this afternoon. They were happy campers. After our pre-dinner cocktails, we walked to a nearby restaurant and had a nice dinner. We have rented a car for tomorrow, so we will go further afield in search of good restaurants and fun things to do in and around Marathon. (JGR)

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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