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Thanks to Ingrid, Anastacia, and Christine for the log...
March 9th, 2017
10:40 a.m. - Departed Sunset Marina. John at helm motoring.
11:05 a.m. - Still waiting to get free after hitting bottom outside of the Marine.
11:27 a.m. - Freed with help from law enforcement hoverboat.
- Tricia and Deb jumped in the dinghy to try to push (and then pull) us free! After a while of no movement, we called for a tow.
- Luckily, a law enforcement came by and helped free us, so we didn’t have to pay for a tow.
- Once underway, everyone was at a heightened sense of lookout.
- Funny story: During checkout Adam opened the door to the bunkbed cabin and said, “I don’t know what happens in here,” then threw the door open and Deb was in there and Adam said, “Whoa, there’s a person!” We all got a good chuckle.
12:00 - 12:35 - Ingrid at helm.
12:35 - John at helm. Soon to pass R12 QR, SSE of Fort Taylor.
> The Main and Jib went up for the first time at 12:44 p.m. ~ 5.1 knots with Deb at helm.
13:20 - Anastacia at helm. CTS 85° M. South of Key West. Lat. 24° 30.7 / Long. 85° 45.7
13:56 - Lat. 24° 30.7 / Long. 81° 45.4. Boat speed: 8.3 / Course 85°
- Lat. 24° 30.9 at 1405 / Long. 81° 41.9 / Course 082 M
- 7.9 MM Current 306 @ 14:22
15:01 - John at helm. Motor sailing. Course 085° M Lat. 24° 33.9 / Long. 81°35.2
16:28 - Trish at helm. Motor sailing. In channel of Big Manson Key. Day marker #3 to port.
16: 56 - anchor - Lat. 34° 34.8 / Long. 84° 23.7
March 10th, 2017
To Looe Key -
- Course to steer - 175 T or 181 M.
- 4 N M to Looe Key
- Set this course when “ passing F1R4s 16 ft 5 M “2”
0853 = Weigh anchor from Lat. 24° 38.8 / Long. 81° 23.6
> Anastacia and Tricia Lynch at anchor to pick up and we had a TON of seaweed - looked like a new Dr. Seuss character.
> Dinner on Thursday: The grill mount didn’t work and after our dinghy adventure to find “Looe Key Tiki Bar” we weren’t in a mood to mess with it, so Anastacia pan-seared the steak with some secret spices (they were delicious!) on the oven. Christine made a side salad and we had garlic bread. It was a lively night. Lots of laughter about the day’s events fueled by 4 bottles of Pinot Noir 2 bottles of Sauvignon Blanc and lots of Dark-n-Stormy’s. Beautiful clear night with a starry sky!
> Back to March 10th now…
> ACTUALLY… more about the dinghy adventure to find the bar. Adam recommended the spot, but we couldn’t find it anywhere in the cruising guides. Anastacia called, but you can’t really give someone directions from a boat anchored in a nearby harbor. Tricia pulled it up from Google Maps and we tried to follow the directions in our dinghy. This did NOT work. After hitting rocks and underwater mangroves, we still couldn’t see where this supposed bar was, so we called it and headed back to the boat. Since we had used the dinghy to try to ram us off the sand earlier, we had burned quite a bit of what the dinghy carries, this hit us with the boat in sight, fuel was gone…
> Tricia and Ingrid started pedaling with the oars and eventually we made it within reach. Back on board, rum was immediately poured and drunk.
> NOW back to March 10th.
10:33 - Arrive at Looe Key.
- Motor-sailed here.
- Ingrid at helm
Lat. 24° 32.7 / Long. 81° 24.3
12:23 - Off mooring ball.
- John at helm on motor sail.
12:30 - Raised sails! Kristine at helm. Course to steer 000°
- Ingrid at helm for motoring beginning at entrance to Newfound Harbor.
15:02 - Moored at Lat. 24° 38.7 / Long. 81° 23.8
- Ritchie at helm in Hawk Passage.
March 11th, 2017
- Set sail at 7:46 a.m., Ingrid at helm, Anastacia and Tricia at anchor.
> Exited the channel at 8:24 a.m.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: We were back at anchor at 3:32 p.m. 2 dolphins followed us the majority of the way from the entrance of the channel until we anchored. Anastasia tried to feed them a mini blueberry muffin, but they had no interest.
> While people rested once at anchor, Tricia and Anastacia found the actual way to get to that elusive tiki bar, they found the channel markers and we all jumped in our dinghy for another adventure.
> Took the dinghy through a canal to the Looe Key Tiki Bar at the very end.
> There was a camo wedding going on. --> "Camo Wedding" meaning the bride and groom were both decked out in camouflage!
Quite a sight!