As the sun peeks above the mangroves surrounding Glover’s Bight, close to Ft Myers, Florida, we’re underway for a daysail to Marco Island, 41 miles down the coast. I always have to laugh when I think about 41 miles taking all day when in my car it takes about 40 minutes… but it’s the JOURNEY, not the destination in a sailboat. As it turns out, this particular journey is spectacular. Both David & I commented that if all sails were like this one, we’d have gone through the Panama Canal and be floating somewhere in the South Pacific … maybe Fiji, by now. But alas, not all sails are this great, which just makes us appreciate it all the more! The first real hop on our way to the Keys and then hopefully the Bahamas. We’ve been waiting for a week at Cayo Costa, the barrier island just north of Captiva and Sanibel Islands, Florida, waiting for the winds to calm down in the Keys – neither of us like sailing in 20+ mile an hour winds, so call us fair weather sailors, don’t care, been there, done the other stuff!
The weather in the Keys is finally moderating, but only for a couple of days and then the winds are forecast to pick back up again mid-week. We’ve never spent any time in Marco and David is curious to explore – rather than run directly to Marathon, Boot Key Harbor where we spent a long time waiting for weather when we sailed to the Western Caribbean. It’s a long day sail from here to Marathon – like 70+ miles – we can’t do that in daylight, but we’ll figure out something. Chris Parker says the weather should moderate Friday and recommends that boats wanting to cross to the Exumas watch for a window beginning Saturday, March 24 …. If that’s the case, we hope to sail from Marco to Marathon Friday, then hop to Rodriguez Key up by Key Largo on Saturday and be staged ready to go Sunday if the forecast holds .. not that we expect it to, so we’ll play it by ear… gotta be flexible to be a fair weather cruiser! 🙂
So here’s the photo essay from our sail to Marco Island … before the rosy glow of the sunrise, getting the boat ready we had dolphins playing and feeding around the boat. Definitely a good luck charm!
Until next time, fair winds & following seas! I hope to meet you in an anchorage somewhere down the road! If you see Winterlude anchored, come on by and say HI! 🙂 Cheers! Jan