TARDIS arrived in the Ten Thousand Islands to bring in 2018. This is starting year two retired. Charlie's aunt Florence, a nun, used to say I'm not retired...just tired. Well we're not tired...just retired...living the dream as some say. Yes we pinch ourselves everyday at our good fortune.
Russell was good. Mangroves, more mangroves and current. Lot's of current. We only saw one other sailboathttp://www.sailblogs.com/admin/blog_manager/post_edit.php?xjMsgID=438638, a couple from way north of us, Wisconsin. A few fisherman passed us during the four nights we anchored.
Views from our anchorage east and west
While there we took one long kayak ride many miles through the mangroves. Never saw another boat. Charlie went fishing...don't ask!
Moving on to Panther Key on January 4th Charlie misheard the weather forecast. A single reef was set and out we went on a 15nm sail upwind. Well it was a double reef day, blowing 20+. We beat into the wind, the centerboard was down and we could tack thru 100 degrees. The motor was started but the waves and wind were too big for Charlie to go forward on a perfectly sunny but windy day. Motor running, single reefed main and no jib, TARDIS entered the pass with a quick left turn after clearing the island the main was lowered and the anchor dropped in 10' of water. Phew...just like a J!
Only one night here and off we went back to Marco Island. Another great sail was had only this time no tacking and centerboard was up. As we left Panther Key TARDIS bumped the bottom as we left the pass.
After a 27 mile trip in just under six hours we arrived back to Marco and Factory Bay. It was a two reef trip (not needed but felt good)
While Eileen drove Charlie cooked while underway, our first time. Grilled cheese while gimballing is fun
and this happened...
most all the Scrabble went into the bag. We're only missing two - B and I. If you have extras please pass then along (ha!)
After anchoring TARDIS was visited by TOW BOAT US. The driver stated "I'm not a whovian" but proceeded to tell us about his favorite DR's and they weren't the recent ones either. We also learned all about hurricane IRMA, his Pearson 36s' fate and other hurricane tales. What fun...TARDIS, the time traveler, took us back a few months to the real life stories of ground zero where Irma came ashore again in the US after the keys.
This trip also was a trial run for what lies ahead for TARDIS and it's crew as they travel around the tip of Florida before wintering on the east coast in a couple months for the summer.
We moved the boat three days straight traveling 82 miles in 20 hours arriving back at Ft Myers Mooring field. Learning never ends...
After three nites we moved northward for a visit with our friend Mike Huffer in Pine Island Sound. Eileen heads back to Indy for a quick visit while the NHT group boards TARDIS for 10 days. We're time traveling now forward...