Hi ya'll… I'm sittin' here in San Diego, CA over looking the Star of India. It's a beautiful day and the sailboats are all over the bay. A good day for sailing. Capt. Ron is taking out a sunset sail and should be back in port come to think of it. There is a 3 hour difference between CA and FL. But my thoughts are on Star of Orion to tell you the truth.
Pat and I head out tomorrow for a cruise on the Carnival Spirit. We'll be heading down the coast of CA and Mexico to Acapulco then hit a couple of small ports and back to San Diego. It's going to be a nice 8 day trip. A good time for a break in the action. Click on the "Spot" link below to see where we are at at that time.
I've been holding off writing this down, but it's time to let you know of some changes in Magic Wind Adventure Sailing… I've sold the business and am moving on to other adventures. Oh don't worry, I'll be around and you'll still be able to contact me and go sailing, but there will be a new captain at the helm.
So I introduce to you, Captain Dan Mendat. He's a guy from Ohio and has been sailing quite a while. His dream was to own and operate a sailing charter business in Florida and share the magic of the sea. So we connected and I'm giving him that chance.
Him and his wife Dianne have moved to Florida and are now the proud owners of Star of Orion and the business Magic Wind Adventure Sailing. The website is still http://www.SailMagicWind.com and the phone number is still 800-975-5824. You'll still be sailing aboard Star of Orion out of the same slip, C-18, at the same marina, Salty Sam's Marina in Fort Myers Beach. So as far as all that goes everything is the same. Sure, new owners will make changes, but old owners hope and pray that they are all for the good of the business and client, because that's what it's all about.
Your sailing experience will be wonderful and you will enjoy every precious moment and be in the hands of an exceptional captain. So there, I've said it. It's pretty hard for me to move on from a business that I've put thousands of hours honing and nurturing to become #1 out of 34 attractions in Fort Myers, Florida according to Trip Adviser.com. We have cliental from all over the world and have had thousands of people sail with us. I am confident that tradition will continue and grow.
So what's up with Pat and I and Capt. Ron? Well I'll tell you. I'm not going away. I'll still be at Salty Sam's Marina in slip C-23. At least that's the planned spot to park our new boat. It looks like, if all goes well on the 4th of December that Capt. Ron and I will be sailing a 1975 47 foot Vagabond back to the USA from Green Turtle Cay Abaco. We are flying over to take a look and if she surveys well, we will pay the price and sail her home. She needs a few coats of varnish and some TLC, but what boat doesn't.
As for you, the client, it gives you another sailing choice in Fort Myers Beach. If you want a half day sail, sunset, or a full day as well a custom charters, call Magic Wind Adventure Sailing at the regular 800 number. BUT if you are looking for something new and different here's what we are doing…
Pat and I have started a new business called FantaSea Sailing. You will be sailing on a wonderful sailing vessel named "Trillium". She's a 47 foot ketch rigged sailing yacht with 2/3 staterooms and great deck space with a table that seats 8 on the "Poop" deck.
We are specializing in Boat & Breakfast, 2, 3, 5, and 7+ day charters. Since I signed a non compete with the new owner of Star of Orion, I'm limited to charters no less than 18 hours. How sweet is that! That's what we all want anyway. Imagine, jump on Trillium, move into your state room and sail into the sunset and come back sometime later… Ahhhh now that's sailing.
So here's your new information… If you are interested in a Boat & Breakfast Experience, Overnight Journeys, or a Custom Sailing Adventure just call 888-582-9046 or log on to: www.FantaSeaSailing.com.
It's a very exciting time for Pat and I. We are looking forward to taking you and Trillium to places that the pirates have sailed, waters that are not available to the eyes that aren't on the sea. We invite you to share sunsets, anchorages, marinas and the wonders of the sea aboard Fort Myers Beaches newest attraction, FantaSea Sailing. Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is a wonderful thing to do. Sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is amazing. Sailing charters in Fort Myers Beach are still the best vacation adventure you can do.
Ron and I are heading there on December 4th to look her over and survey her. If she passes inspection, we will provision her and sail her the 537 nautical miles to Fort Myers Beach. Don't miss this trip. It will be here on the blog.
Once again, I have to thank all of you that have sailed with me in the past and I look forward to sailing with you in the future. I have a new deck of cards and my guitar has new strings and I'm working on new pirate jokes. It's all good.
Also remember to contact Capt. Dan with Magic Wind Adventure Sailing for your half day and sunset sails. He's there for you and you need to get to know this guy. He will the master of Star of Orion as of December 1st.
I'll see you on the dock…
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