Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Moorings, Carrabelle, FL to Clearwater Municipal Marina, Clearwater, FL

Friday, November 9, 2007 - Left Carrabellel, FL at 6:30 AM. The seas were predicted to be 1 to 2 feet. This was great for the crossing. There was the most gorgeous sunrise as we headed out. We traveled 190 miles in the open water, staying 30 miles off-shore. Luckily for Captain Kevin he had a talented and veteran staff. The trip took us 9 1/2 hours. Tate was pleased to see land. Especially grass. It was a smooth ride. Island Hopper performed well and seemed to know she was home again in the blue waters. We were fortunate enough to get a slip at the Clearwater Municipal Marina as it is first come first served. There are a limited number of places to harbor in the area. We tried to stay at the Clearwater Yacht Club, but they had no availability. Clearwater was full of excitement. The Ironman Competition was going to take place tomorrow morning. For dinner we went to the Beachcomber restaurant. This brought back memories for Sharry, who ate at the restaurant as a child. She said that she and her family vacationed at Clearwater. The food was fabulous and we had a wonderful evening.

Island Hopper docked at Clearwater Municipal Marina, Clearwater, FL.

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