July 12th, 2008
Sailing Trip begins on July 16th, headed for South Dade Marina to Launch my Mac.26X traveling from Cape Coral, FL. accross FL. to South Dade.
I will travel with Ed Combs (who is comeing down from Tampa ) on a Trailer Sail down to South Dade. Ed is a long time member of the West Coast Trailer Sailer Squadren (WCTSS) and traveled many miles in his Potter 19 (Minnow) and recently traded to a Sea Pearl Tri. Called (Blue Bayou) and has already compleated many days and weekend cruises.
Ed's web site , (Pottering around Florida ) http://www.flwwp.com/
This will be a 4-5 day trip heading to barrier reefs and Islands. off Homestead and South Dade and will include members of the WCTSS and other non members.
More details. http://members.ij.net/wctss/wctss/dates.htm
Update after the Cruise
Ed and I ended up renting a slip at Pennikamp for 4 nights and this turned out to be a blessing as it was buggy and Hot. I had my 5000 btu air in the companionway and cooled the boat down very well, actually to well as Ted and Ed was sleeping in VBerth and I under aft cockpit and I was up 4-5 times turning AC up while Ted was up 4-5 times turning it down, finally we figuared why the dial turned on it's own.
Ed and I snorkeled on the outward reefs and had a great time in calm waters and perfect clear waters first day. Second day we decided to Dive on Mollases reef but current was 1.2-1.5 knots and seas 4-5 ft. so we drank beer on the Mooring and watched others trying to swim to their boats and climb aboard. Next day we decided to just sail as winds were up and we just went 6 miles up and down on a beam reach in winds of 15-18 knots.
Most of our dinners were at the Local Moose lodge were we drank $6 pitchers and ate $10 steak and shrimp meals. Pennicamp costs $32 a day (total cost)for trailer launch,storage and slip with 30 amp service.
We did this trip last year and love it.