Monday, February 16, 2015

Do you know how to sail?

Back in his younger days, Husband bought a McGregor 26 sailboat and the Coast Guard handbook and taught himself how to sail. (If you know him, that doesn't sound strange at all.) Then he moved to Florida for a couple of years, and did some sailing with his brother and friends on bigger boats.

(Spartina & the Colgate 26)

In April 2013, we did Offshore Sailing's Basic Sailing course in St Pete on a Colgate 26.  Then in August 2013, we did the 5-day Liveaboard Bareboat course on the Catalina Morgan 44, anchoring out every night in Tampa Bay.  Unique to Offshore, we soloed on our last night, sailing back out to a prior anchorage, anchoring and sailing back to the marina the next day.  We had a blast.  It's unusual for us to take that long of a vacation that cost that much money, but it was worth every penny.  We highly recommend it, even if you don't plan on sailing into your retirement.
(At the helm in Tampa Bay)


(Beautiful sunsets)


(Boat galley's have crazy configurations.  Husband dropped the cookies down the rabbit hole)

(Dinghy ride into the bar on our solo with Spartina in the background)

(Sunrises.  Just me, coffee & the dolphins while the boys slept)

(Rainbow while raising anchor)

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