Thursday, August 5, 2010

Captiva to Naples Sailing and Yacht Club

Thursday August 5, 2010
These are a few of the homes along the Gordon River in a neighborhood of Naples called Port Royal. It is a journey of about 5 miles up the Gordon River from Gordon Pass to the NSYC.
The Naples Sailing and Yacht Club
An early alarm for the Captain as he had some real work to do before departing. He also checked the weather as the run today from Tween Waters on Captiva to Naples required a 55 mile run in the Gulf, no intracoastal waterway (ICW) for protection. forecast was for SE winds at 5-10, seas 1-2 feet, a great forecast. IH departed the dock at 0915 and proceeded to Redfish Pass, the nearest outlet to the Gulf. IH increased speed to 20 for the run in the Gulf. Seas however were 2-3 feet and the wind was 15 from the SE gusting to 20. Whitecaps were common. No problem for IH though as she sped towards Gordon Pass the inlet to the Gordon River. Destination the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club on Naples Bay one of the first mate's favorite destinations. ( The Captain eased IH into the slip at 1245, after a lengthy slow speed zone on the river, with the aid of first mate Debbie and the Dockmaster Marilyn. After hosing off IH of the salt from the "ride" in the Gulf the crew relaxed in the pool. Happy hour soon!

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