Sailing with Allegria

02 December 2020 | Anna Maria
09 November 2020 | Moab, UT
28 October 2020 | Bryce Canyon
24 October 2020 | Zion Nat Park
13 October 2020 | Grand Canyon
07 October 2020 | Carlsbad, NM
10 April 2020 | Anna Maria
22 March 2020 | Anna Maria
24 December 2019 | Anna Maria
21 November 2019 | Cayo Costa
27 October 2019 | Charleston, SC
28 September 2019 | Annapolis
09 September 2019 | Port Jefferson, NY
26 August 2019 | Snow Island, ME
18 August 2019 | Rockland, ME
14 July 2019 | Ort Jeff, NY
11 June 2019 | Annapolis

Cayo Costa

03 November 2015 | Cayo Costa, FL
Dee
We were up early again, leaving Rodriguez at 7:30 after a pleasant night. We motor sailed down Hawk Channel to the Channel Five bridge and then passed through and into Florida Bay. We were kept busy dodging trap buoys, this area rivaling Maine. I’m not sure if they were for lobster or crabs but they were everywhere. We ducked inside the Everglades Park boundary to get a respite from them.
We had a rising tide to pull us along this stretch of notoriously shallow water. We had only 6 inches of water below the keel in a few places. I think the actual depth is more and we were seeing the grass on the bottom with the depth sounder. We continued to dodge the traps all the way north of Cape Sable.
As the sun set, we were passing north of the cape and still dodging traps. Luckily we didn’t tangle any after dark, when we couldn’t see them anymore. We had a pod of the small spotted dolphins join us for a while as darkness fell. After dark we passed a group of phosphorescent animals at the surface that were remarkable. Little pools of light all around the boat. It was reminiscent of the glow worms we saw back in the 90’s in the Turks and Caicos Islands. I tried to shine a light at them to see what they were, but could not see them so they were probably very small.
As the night progressed, we made our way up past Cape Romano, and Marco Island. The heavens were putting on a show with the clear night. The Milky Way was clearly visible across the sky. Sunrise found us off Sanibel, and me with an extra hour of watch with the time change, which Molly didn’t mind. Going along shore there was a lot of fish activity, so I put out a line and promptly had a Bonito on the line. I almost decided to forgo any further fishing, but decided to try once again, and then got a nice Spanish Mackerel. We had a second one on soon after, but a shark got a piece of that one. We had enough fish for dinner and some fish spread. We were going into the Boca Grande Pass by 9:00 and at anchor in our favorite spot between Mondango Key and Punta Blanca Island by 11:00.
After a nap and cleaning up with a swim, we had a delightful fish dinner. This spot is always active with Dolphins, but this morning we had a school of them around the boat apparently stalking some fish hiding around the boat. I’ve never seen them hanging around like that before, jumping and talking, almost like Flipper. It was very entertaining. We plan to enjoy this spot for a few days and then move back up to our home waters.
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Vessel Name: Allegria
Vessel Make/Model: Whitby 42
Hailing Port: Tampa
Crew: Dee and Molly Strickland
About:
Dee grew up in central Florida and was sailing if the wind was blowing and skiing if it was flat. During his residency for oral and maxillofacial surgery in Cleveland he met the love of his life, Molly working as a nurse in the E.R. [...]
Extra: Dee, Molly and daughter Lisa left Tampa Bay in 1994 and sailed to Trinidad and Venezuela, and then back up the US east coast. Lisa was home schooled and then we returned to Tampa Bay where she skipped 4th grade and moved to 5th. She is now studying for her PhD in Art History at SUNY at Stoney Brook.
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