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