Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cruising in 2011

Our Cruise to Tampa with the SPYC cruising Group
M/V Island Hopper secure at the dock Had to wait for a larger vessel to dock. I like the help needed.
Cruise ship entering the channel just below our marina, a daunting sight. Debbie with her new Panama Hat from Ybor City We took the Trolley from the marina to Ybor City in Tampa This vessel transports yachts to far away destinations. She sinks to allow the yachts to sail in and then she refloats. The yachts and their Captains end up in foreign ports for about $1000 per foot of length. So Island Hopper could end up in the Med for about $55,000. We found a nearby dog park on Tampa Bay. Salt water and all
. We have been remiss in posting this year of our travels on Island Hopper. Several cruises in between cold fronts to Captiva Island and St Petersburg Yacht Club. We had to shorten a trip that we had planned to make to Naples due to high winds and anther cold front in January. February is turning out to be a great month for weather. We traveled to Tampa (Marjorie Park Marina) with 12 boats from the SPYC cruising group. beautiful weather and a great venue. We traveled from Longboat Key to Tampa on Friday 49 miles and 4 hours up Tampa Bay after crossing Sarasota Bay. Beautiful day so we cruised at 9 knots and a bit at 20 so I could arrive early enough for a conference call at 4PM.

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