Saturday, August 29, 2015

Flying New Spinnaker

Click the following link to watch a video of us sailing back from Egmont Key and flying our new spinnaker:

Flying Spinnaker

Dinghy Ride off Egmont Key Island Aug 2015

Having fun off Egmont Key Island on the dinghy with the mothership, Cool Runnings in the background! Watch either a HD youtube version on this attached link, HD version of Dinghy Ride

or the lower resolution below:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Easy sailing down to Venice, Boca Grande, Captiva, Cabbage Key

We just got back from a fantastic 10 days sailing down south to celebrate my 50th birthday. Had an awesome time with some great company and some fun sailing before the kids headed back to school yesterday.

We headed out on Thursday 8/6/15 and sailed for about 6 hours south to Venice spending the night there. Great dinner at the Crows Nest and then headed to Boca Grande the next day, followed by 4 days at South Seas Resort on Captiva Island.

Guds arranged a surprise for me were Garrick and Kelly flew in to join us on this portion of our trip and sail back eventually to Madeira Beach. Garrick really surprised me with a gift of a brand new GoPro Hero 4 camera!!!!!

We had a great 4 days relaxing and catching up at South Seas and testing the new air-conditioning system I just finished installing on the boat, before turning north again and slowly heading back home over the next 3 days. Our final stop was at Egmont Key were we anchored overnight and had fun time burning around in the dinghy, jumping off the front of the boat and generally mellowing out.

We caught 2 spanish mackerel on the way back and BBQ'd them at Egmont Key for dinner. We also got to test our new spinnaker sailing back home and generally using the boat again after not sailing for almost 2 months while I fitted the AC.

Thanks Coolrunnings crew for an awesome vacation!!!!!

Below is daddy & daughter enjoying some easy either HD version on this youtube link, HD version of relaxing sail

or below lower resolution: 

Boca Grande Lighthouse

Garrick and Kelly enjoying sundowners on the beach

Family shot - South Seas, Captiva

Another beautiful sunset!

A girl could get used to this!

At Cabbage Key

Testing the new Spinnaker

Egmont Key

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Life Raft Service

This week we took our 6 man liferaft in for service on Monday making it a family affair so that we would all know what it looked like incase we ever had to use it. This was the first time the raft has been opened since it was brand new in 2011.

The certified repacking service company (Solution One in Tampa, FL) was fantastic and allowed us to observe the unpacking, inflation etc of the raft and explained everything to us and the kids as they went through.

Unpacking our raft

Minimal emergency supplies were inside.....BUT we have a well stocked ditch bag with all of the essential items not packed in the raft.We were shown how to right the raft incase it opens upside down or flips over!

And finally before we left we all got inside the raft to see just how big...or small a 6 man liferaft is ;)

Very glad we all got to experience this and see what our raft looks and feels like. Definitely have no intentions of using it, but if we ever have to we are a little better informed now!!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bens Birthday weekend away with his friends

Ben invited 2 friends to do an overnight on the boat this weekend to celebrate his upcoming 11th Birthday....lots of fun:

Friday night sunset with Ben and his Friends out on the kayaks watching the sun go down

Breakfast on Saturday morning after watching the sunrise from front of the boat:

Time for some kayaking off Egmont Key

Sailing in 23 Knots last weekend

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Back from the Boat Yard

By:  Ben
Our boat has been gone the past six weeks, getting repainted and servicing the sail drives. We were all exited to get it back once again!

Splashing Cool Runnings...
Rear view...
At the helm with Papa...

Sailing back...
Coming home!

As you can see we enjoyed sailing back! :)
Now Cool Runnings is back and better than ever!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

First Post

This is the 1st post on SV Cool Runnings...Good Luck and may the adventures begin ;)