Where Do I Start? With John & Judi Of Course

What's this? I took a breath? It's interesting how life pushes me along and then all of a sudden when I can't do any more and need 30 hour days and I can't get anything done… Then it happens. Almost all of the time. Spirit takes over and wham… I get a cold. I brake something or in this case, my back goes out and I'm forced to sit, stretch and feel grateful that I can move from the bed to the living room and pull my own shorts on. It's the little things in life…

So I get time now to catch up the blog and say "Thank You" to the wonderful people that fill my life. To start it off, John & Judi…

In March, I was getting ready, putting my calendar together and had a schedule in place for a sail with a couple from MN. Five days to Key West. One of my favorite trips… Then a whirl wind of a woman called me from Canada. Judi and John have sailed with me in the past, and she saw that I had some time open on the Availability Calendar and she wanted to do 8 days to the Florida Keys.

DSC04689 How could I say no. I've been wanting to sail with these guys again. We spent a 4 day trip together a few years ago and made a great connection.

I enjoy these guys, they sail well and tell great stories. John is a kick and well Judi is Judi. A bubbly, crazy (in a good sense), lady that smiles, laughs and enjoys life.

So on the schedule they went. It was wonderful drawing up an itinerary that put in Fort Myers Beach to Key West to Bahia Honda and Marathon then push up the coast back to Fort Myers Beach.

It all worked out, but the weather window cut out Marathon and we headed back to Fort Myers Beach a day early.

DSC04740 On the way down from Fort Myers Beach to Key West, sometime during the night the weather radar showed a squall moving west and was crossing our path a few miles ahead. It's good to be able to see the direction and speed of storms. That's a little luxury that I think I can afford. At night all I can see with the naked eye is darkness and lightening. So to be able to see the strength, direction and speed is a wonderful tool.

All I did was take some evasive action. I turned west from our southerly heading for about 3 miles and dropped my speed to about 3 knots. Kind of holding our position and let it pass in front of us.

Once gone, back to 181 degrees and on to Key West.

Once in Key West, there is so much to see. John & Judi took a walk about as Alex and I did some boat cleaning, a walk to West Marine for some parts, a couple of repairs and all was well. We enjoyed the sunset at Mallory Square and a rowdy pub called Irish Kevin's. Great food, walks and everything Key West has to offer.

DSC04645 I forgot to mention that durning our trip, Pat and I had our 20th anniversary. In fact the last time I sailed with John & Judi, it was their 10th anniversary. Funny how time works out.

When we woke up, and headed to the bridge for our coffee, they had put up a "Happy Anniversary" sign and we celebrated the day with good friends.

Alex kept us on track and we made it to the Galleon Marina on schedule.

You can see that out there in the Gulf of Mexico, off shore, the water is that amazing blue. It's hard to  capture on camera, but you can get a taste of it. Just a taste.

Did I mention the best place in town for breakfast. Blue Heaven. Where else can you get Lobster Benedict. Good Bloody Mary's and a 90 minute wait. Well worth it. Don't pass it up the next time you are there.

Once we left Key West, we headed out to the Atlantic and took a course of east. Up the keys we went and ended up at Bahia Honda State Park for the night. It's a good anchorage. Holding is good and it's an interesting place. It's between two bridges, the old train bridge and the new Hwy 1 bridge. 9 feet of water and blue, clear water. I could spend a week there, no problem.

The weather gave us a nice window the next day to head north, so north we went. We passed through the 7 mile bridge and weaved around the shoals to Bullard Rock and then headed north for the 22 hour passage to Fort Myers Beach.

DSC04725 Winds were under 10 knots so w popped out the spinnaker sail and enjoyed a beam reach with the help of that big sail using a cruising strap.

It's a good sail and does the job that she was made for. The cruising strap makes it so we can use it without a pole and get some good angle with the wind.

When we dropped the sail, I got a picture of John and Judi and then John's shoulder popped out. Ouch! With luck, it went right back in and we watched him close as we headed back to Fort Myers Beach. He's an amazing guy and I'm in hopes that it doesn't happen again.

The only other casualty on the trip was Judi cut her thumb while drying dishes. But she cleaned up well and I didn't put in a stitch. Lucky for her, and me too.

When we got back the plan was to spend the night in the marina and then sail the next day, but as boats have it we had some mechanical issues that needed to be taken care of and so everyone got to meet Diesel Dan.

So one day short on a passage like this is pretty good in my book. The weather was great, the company was tremendous and what came as clients a few years ago returned as friends and left as family. All I can say is Thank You John for all your great stories, the laughs and insights and taking my blinders off and reminding me that diesels run without spark plugs and electricity. Duh! After that we made it just fine.

And Judi. You're quick wit, laughter and comments always change my life. I look at things differently after spending time with you and you help me make better decisions with your wisdom. Between the two of you, my life is enhanced.

So come sail again or if you just want to come and spend some time with us, you're always welcome. All the dolphins miss you guys already and Pat and Katie really enjoyed you company too.

I'll keep working on the ukulele and I'll have more than 3 songs next time.

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I'll see you on the dock…

Capt. Paul
 
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Life is Pretty Darn Good Out Here

Tonight I'm in Key West Florida. This is the last night we'll be here for a while. The Tortugas were great and we sailed into Key West for a few days before heading north tomorrow.

Looks like we'll have a good window to sail. Tomorrow is E 10 to 15 and 2 foot seas. We'll see what happens when we get out there though. Seems like NOAA is hit and miss with the Gulf of Mexico.

We'll be back in Fort Myers Beach Sunday afternoon. It will be good to get Panacea back in her slip and get the salt off of her. She has performed well this trip and is enjoying the sail as much as we have. She is a great vessel and keeps us safe at sea. It's all we can ask for. I'll continue to keep her up and running in tip top shape. I'll do my part, she does hers and we get along just fine.

I'll have some time when I get back to put up some photos and catch you up on all the wonderful things we did while we were out here. So check back often and see what's going on.

The schedule for sailing charters will be hit and miss as the summer months go on, but be sure and give me a call and we'll get you on the water one way or another.

Also keep in mind that we are more than a sailing service. If you have any questions about Fort Myers Beach, call and let me help you with information about our area. If I can point you in the right direction or offer suggestions for dining, etc. just give me a call and ask away. We're here for you.

I'll be back in phone service soon, so call for information about sailing in Fort Myers Beach and sailing on the Gulf of Mexico. There really is nothing like it. Nothing.

Thanks for checking in and keep it up. I'm looking forward to posting some amazing photos here and on the site.

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Capt. Paul
 
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Where Do I Start… Again

It's been so long since I made a blog entry that I had a hard time getting into my account to post this one. What causes that? As Capt. Ron once put it in a movie, "Nobody knows…"

So I guess I should say that this is just a note to let you know that I am editing video, photos and trying to pull all my stuff together after a month of sailing charters and then I'm going to catch you up on everything.

It's been great. Panacea has new bottom paint, a re-built tranny, new main seal, a re-machined shaft, new PSS shaft seal, new rudder boot, some new rigging and a new Sytex auto pilot along with general maintenance she is purring like a brand new boat.

Alex and I have been to Key West twice and the Dry Tortugas once and are leaving today for the Dry Tortugas and then on to Key West on a nice personal sail with 5 other boats from the marina.  A couple of them left before the front went through one left during the storm and Capt. Dan and I leave today at noon. We're hoping that everyone made it down safely. There's no communication down there, so we'll see tomorrow when we pull into the anchorage and count noses.

So on Panacea for this trip is Pat, myself, Alex and a friend named Glen. We are looking forward to the trip and will post about it later.

I'll have some personal time while on the hook to put together photos for the friends that I sailed with over the month. I've collected some GREAT shots and I'll be putting some up here for you all to see. I've also got some video clips that I'll be editing and looks to be a 10 minute YouTube project. I won't be able to upload anything until I reach Key West on the 18th or 19th.

By the way, at the end of these blogs you can leave comments. It would be nice to see you guys drop a note and say hi. It may even help me keep this thing up and current. In any case try it out and see if it works.

Well I'm onboard and putting the provisions away. Pat's taking care of last minute garlic orders to make sure everyone gets their stuff at the shows. She's been pretty busy too.

Keep in mind that I sail most of the year down here in Florida. It gets slow in the summer and the "real" sailing season is kicking back in mid October. Dates are open right now, so check your calendars and see when you can make it down Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is a real kick. Nothing like a good sailboat ride to calm your Spirit. I'll be starting up Half Day and Sunsets again, so call for information.

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More to come soon…

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Capt. Paul
 
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