2018-02-19 Catch Up Mode…AGAIN!

Our ships photographer, Michele Watson took this photo during their most recent visit .

Departing Bradenton FL we crossed Tampa Bay and made a short passage to St Petersburg.

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St Petersburg skyline framed by Magnolia bow pulpit.

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We anchored in Vinoy Basin which is a wonderful mooring field as long as the wind is NOT from the east….from the east, well its like anchoring inside a Maytag during the agitation cycle!

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Out friend Ty & Suzanne came down from The Villages. They are the ones responsible for taking us for out first boat ride. The full story is detailed here: http://a2baker.com/magnoliablog/?p=2295 They have always been there to offer help and they even provided refuge during hurricane Irma. Thank you again and always Ty & Suzanne!

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A wonderful shot of Magnolia taken by a fellow boater.

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Our friend John and his brother Marty use to keep their sailboat Escapade in the slip next to Magnolia-M in Galesville, MD. Since our departure both brothers have relocated to FL along with Escapade. It was a great night hanging with John and there family friend Pat on exile from her iced over home in Illinois!

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You may not see them, but those were the best BLTs I have eaten anywhere anytime. Fabulous! (Tiki St Pete Beach)

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We have been members of the Seven Sea Cruising Association for a number of years, but have not been able to attend a GAM in a couple. Lucky for us  there was one scheduled in St Pete.

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We always appreciate a little weather lesson from our weather guru Chris Parker. He was recently promoted to Chief Forecaster!

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We planned an easy several day passage to CayoCosta State Park to celebrate Valentines Day.

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Departing St Pete and heading down Tampa Bay we approach the beautiful Sunset Skyway Bridge. We always take a moment though to consider the terrible tragedy that occurred here in 1980! (http://www.fox13news.com/wtvt-archive/1980-sunshine-skyway-bridge-tragedy)

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And now to out nuisance hour…that is the Tom Adams bridge…that is down…as in broken down…as in for several days.  Lucky for us our mast now folds down with just a little bit of effort. We dropped the hook, lowered the mast and were able to safely past underneath the next morning.

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The Admiral stated she wanted 2 NON-workdays at the beach which being a wise Captain I ensured she received!

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Our friends on Amici arrived the night before we departed so were able to get in a brief visit and celebratory happy hour.

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Our next stop was to Sanibel Island. We had never been there before and our friends from Acadia so that was more than enough reason for a stop by.

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Our friends Tim & Diane rolled out the welcome mat and even shared Dianes Birthday celebration. A swell time had by all!

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Next stop Cape Coral for some dress shopping….yup, dress shopping!

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2 thoughts on “2018-02-19 Catch Up Mode…AGAIN!”

  1. Anthony and Annette, Thanks for hosting us aboard Magnolia-M, your fabulous new trawler. We envy you, and hope one day to cross to the Dark Side ourselves. 😉

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