Hurricane season is over for the year and everyone in O Town has breathed a sigh of relief! We can let the emergency kit go for just a bit knowing it's current, but checking it is a habit all of us have for most of the year. One never knows! That goes for sailing too.

Getting ready to sail south on the Florida Inter Coastal towards Sebastian. It's the Sea Owl sailing with myself as Captain, #1 Son Ben as 1st Mate and #! Son's Friend JP as 2nd Mate. Skills brought to the sail are mechanic/sailer (Ben) and grill master/sailer (JP) I am the chief chef, and Ben navigates. YAY!!

Setting sail on Sunday but maybe Monday. Hoping for great winds and some fun times.

Take care everyone, and stay safe and dry. I'll blog my trip when I return.

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Comment by Dave B on January 4, 2010 at 4:59pm
It's going to be a cold one! I just came back from a 5 day cruise on my Mac.26 with the WCTSS.
We stayed at Picnic Island with a fire Tue. than sailed S. To Ft. Myers beach and picked up a mooring ball Wend. than sailed Thur. to Sanibel Island (Tween Waters) and anchored until Sat. morning and headed back to Cape Coral Yacht basin to haul out. Friday from 11am to Sat. we had 25-35 knots of wind at times with lots of rain all night Friday. Temps were down to 54 degrees inside cabin and 43 outside Friday night and Sat. high was only 62 degrees. Thats extreme cold for us Floridians.
Have a safe trip and stay warm.
Comment by ___/)ances With Sails on December 18, 2009 at 3:17am
Yeah yeah,,,,When in doubt, entrust Twain:

"Probable nor'east to
sou'west winds, varying to the southard and westard and
eastard and points between; high and low barometer, sweeping
round from place to place; probable areas of rain, snow,
hail, and drought, succeeded or preceded by earthquakes with
thunder and lightning."

...and keep yer fingers crossed.
Comment by Terri on December 17, 2009 at 6:23pm
2010 is just around the corner..hopefully will be a quiet one despite what they say. Forecast is for Busy 2010 Hurricane Season

U.S. meteorologists say they expect an above-average number of Atlantic basin hurricanes to develop during next year's hurricane season. Meteorologists Philip Klotzbach and William Gray -- in the 27th annual early extended-range hurricane forecast issued by Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project -- predict 11-16 named storms will develop, 6-8 of them hurricanes and 3-5 of the hurricanes to become major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or greater.

The team said its December early season forecast calls for a range of storms since the report is based on Atlantic basin conditions that can change substantially by the June 1 start of the hurricane season. Klotzbach and Gray said they will issue specific numerical predictions in their next forecast April 7.

"We foresee a somewhat above-average Atlantic basin hurricane season," Gray said. "We anticipate the current El Nino event to dissipate by the 2010 hurricane season and warm sea surface temperatures are likely to continue being present in the tropical and North Atlantic during 2010 – conditions that contribute to an above-average season." MORE: http://tinyurl. com/yljxgnz.
Comment by Marlene A. Sassaman on December 5, 2009 at 9:43am
Hi Charlotte,
Sebastian is my spot on the chart. As soon as you pass under the Melbourne Causeway look east, my house is next to the water tower. Melbourne Yacht Club is on the west side in the Melbourne Harbor (crane creek). A few miles south are the power lines and my boat is docked on the west side when she is in the water. Currently, she is at the boat hospital having lightning damage repaired. No, there were no hurricane fiascos in 2009 in these parts, but my Corsair got a jolt from a bolt! :-) Fair sailing to you and if you need anything, call me at 321 505 4294 or send me an e-mail at

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