Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wednesday, July 12

Day 2 of our journey. Yesterday we turned in the rental car, finished a few things with the boat, and set off with dark clouds chasing us out of the Manatee River. A black wall of rain followed about 2 miles behind, slowly catching up. Numerous power and sailing vessels passed us going the opposite direction, only to disappear into the black wall never to be seen again (by us). We ran for Egmont Key, and the rain cell caught us as we anchored. It passed quickly, and we had a wonderfully cool evening. Rachel, Whitefoot and I slept on deck. I had to go below for blankets in the middle of the night.

We pulled up anchor at 9am, and had great winds for 4 hours, making up to 7.8 knots. Seas were smooth. The clouds began to build, so we tacked for shore, 6nm away, between some cells. We were trolling with a little feathered lure, and caught a Spanish Mackerel, which was part of our dinner.

Tonight we are anchored in the gulf, at the southern end of Sarasota. Winds are out of the east and the water is calm, so our gulf anchorage should work out.

Our current destination is Key West. The 5 day weather outlook is good. Time for bed, so thanks for checking in on us!


Blogger Laura said...

Hi gang! I just checked the blog~glad to hear you all set sail as planned. What a way to spend Dad's birthday! Wishing you steady winds and smooth sailing!!! Love, Laura, John, Chat and Carter

6:14 PM  
Blogger GW said...

Congrats on casting off the docklines!! That's the first big step!! Jim email me your cell number and I'll give you a call.

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Kari said...

How'd you take the picture with you all on the boat? Great shot! I've been wondering if you got off. The adventure really begins after details, details, details.

Wishing you sweet sails, safe harbors & plenty of fresh fish (I'll get Mike to jot a few recipes). Love ya! Kari, Mike, Kami & Kocoa
PS - WhiteFoot doing well with her equipment?

7:25 AM  
Anonymous adam said...

I have been following your odyssey for decades. Sky sailing is an old passion of mine and I also happen to be a fishermon and to some, a pirate.

I would like to say, "thank you" for your blog, I will enoy reading about your endeavors. I've always wanted to give it all up and let go as you have.

Taos Concha, now the Stardust.

Take care.

8:06 AM  
Blogger erin said...

Dear Rachel,
You are so lucky. I wish you the best of luck with your travels and hope to see you soon. Give me a call anytime. I'll always be happy to hear your latest news.
Your BFF and ever,

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Pat and Walt said...

hi, i hope you are you all doing well. i hope this gets to you have you gone to Key West yet. How is Whitefoot doing can't wait t
to hear more about the trip.

6:32 PM  

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