Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Key West in the gunsights!

We will get a few more provisions here in Marco Island, and then set sail for Key West tomorrow.
It’s about 80 miles, should be 2 days and 1 night, considering the light winds encountered so far, and our reluctance to use the engine. It’s so much nicer to sail, but we’re learning that to get anywhere, when the winds get light, the iron genny gets fired up.
Some highlights so far:
Rachel upon sighting 6 dolphins surfing our bow: “This has made my whole day!”
Red tide around Englewood and dead fish everywhere.
Finding prehistoric sharks teeth on the beach between Venice and Englewood.
Whitefoot taking her first dump on board in the “business box”.
Catching 3 Spanish Mackerel for a sumptuous dinner.
Today, surfing the outside edge of an enormous rain cell in winds up to 25kts and boat speed of 8.5kts.
Finding out that the bad alternator was just a loose fan belt.
Finding out that the bad battery was just a loose fan belt.
Excellent sunsets everyday!


Blogger J.C. Brown said...

Stardust wrote: "Today, surfing the outside edge of enormous rain cells..."

I see you are still up to your old tricks! Great Blog, abrazos por todos!

12:47 PM  
Blogger erin said...

Hi Rachel. I am so glad to here that your voyage is going well. I look forward to e-mailing back and forth w/ you.
Your BFF always,

8:37 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Glad to hear Whitefoot has found her toilet! and that your problems turned out to be loose belts! Wish I had some loose belts these days. Happy fishing and swimming and exploring in the Keys!

5:53 PM  

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