We decided to sail about 45 NM to Venice, Florida. We got up at about 6 am to make sure we would be anchored well before dark. It was a beautiful morning with the wind just as predicted. We set our sails before we left the river and stayed on the same port tack until we made the turn (a jibe) to go through the inlet and head south.
We set the auto pilot and just made minor corrections the entire way to Venice. The wind started at 10-12 knots and then picked up to about 15 to 18. We were doing between 6 and 7 knots most of the time. The boat was balanced and very comfortable. We both think it was our best day sailing yet.
|Kim in her place of comfort. No seasickness on this day.|
|Under full canvas|
|We had some water over the rail, but still very comfortable. The boat is a bit salty now.|
|Kim contemplating life on a lean.|
|New tablet and mount. No lost visibility.|
We came in the inlet and motored up the ICW about 2.5 miles. We had to open one bridge and then dropped the hook in Blackburn Bay. It was glass smooth and we had a beautiful evening. We had another very cool dolphin encounter that I did get on video. Check out the video to follow to see that.
We had the local rowing team come by with their coach. They had a girl coxswain, just like my niece Katherine.
|Our anchorage at Blackburn Bay. We were surrounded by beautiful homes and a nice sunset.|
|SHIFT ready for bed after a long days work.|
|Just one more sunset shot.|