Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sarasota Yacht Club, Sarasota, FL to Longboat Key Moorings, Longboat Key, FL

View of Longboat Key Moorings from the entry channel. Thursday, November 15, 2007 - We left the Sarasota Yacht Club at 9:30 AM. Island Hopper traveled 10 miles to Longboat Key Moorings. A sophisticated resort town, Sarasota is traditionally the home of some ultra-affluent residents, dating back to John Ringling of circus fame. Cultural events are scheduled year-round and there is a higher concentration of upscale shops, restaurants, and hotels than in much of the Tampa Bay area. Across the water from Sarasota lies the barrier islands of Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and Lido Key, with myriad beaches, shops, hotels, condominiums, and houses. Upon arrival we were given the choice of two slips. We chose one that has great views of Sarasota bay. The water view from "Island Hopper". It doesn't get any better than this! View looking over the bow of "Island Hopper".

A very happy Captain Kevin. "Island Hopper" ran well with no problems during our journey to Longboat Key Moorings. Tate the "Bird Dog" has also enjoyed his boat trip.

Tonight we will be be toasting the arrival of "Island Hopper" to her winter berth with a bottle of Schramsberg, Blanc De Blanc, Champagne, given to us by our friends at Ohio River Launch Club. Cheers!! Thanks everyone! The champagne was great!!! We didn't crack the bottle on the boat, but drank every drop. After our toast and a beautiful sunset, we grilled steaks on the boat. The past 4 weeks have gone so quickly.

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