Pat and I spent the night on s/v Magic Wind last night. It was a good night. We worked all day putting the blades back on the wind generator, placing the dingy back on the davits, hoisted the sails, putting the canvas back on and just getting her back in shape to sail. We had dinner at Porto Bello’s and then went back to the boat to settle in for the night. It was cool and nice.
At 0445 hrs. I took off the last line and headed, under power, out of the harbor heading to the Boca Grand and the Gulf of Mexico. It was beautiful. The wind was under 4 kts, so I motored out of the pass and set the sails in the Gulf with a reef in the main. I had a solid 12 kts and didn’t want to reef it later. We cut the engine and sailed along at about 6.5 to 7 mph over ground. At around 1100 hrs. the wind dropped down to 7 to 10 kts, so I put the main all the way up and kept moving.
As we rounded the southern tip of Sanabel Island, the wind kicked in to about 15 to 20 kts and Magic Wind slid into a nice groove. We healed at about 15 to 20 degrees and got to hull speed and sailed that way for the next couple of hours.
During that time, we dogged a ton of those lobster trap balls. It was like a mine field. But nothing on the rudder or prop so all was well. Here’s a short clip of motoring her in after a great day of sailing.
We pulled into Fort Myers Beach Marina and checked in at 1530 hrs. Ten and a half hours for 56 miles. Her slip is nice. We are right next to the Coast Guard Station. I think that may have a nice security advantage. We are out of our gated community now so I’m getting locks and stuff that I didn’t have to think of before. But we like it so far. There is a good energy about it and people are very nice. It’s 5 minutes from the trailer by land and 40 minutes by dingy. It was a long dingy ride. We had to get to the trailer by dingy, because the Harley is there and the car is up at Burnt Store. We’ll deal with the pick up tomorrow. We’re beat tonight.
Miles: 56.9 – Max Speed: 8.8 mph. – Moving Time: 10 hrs. 16 min. – Moving Avg: 5.5 mph.
So the weather was good, the winds were good, the company was good and nothing broke. I’m going to book this one as a 10.
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Another view from the wheel.
A shot from the bow.
A great day for sailing with Sanabel Island in the distance.