We 98 miles SSE of Tampa Bay as we motor sail along at 7.2 knots. We anticipate passing through the Keys at Marathon approx 1600 on Sunday. Crew and vessel are well.
Bon Voyage to you and Annette, Greg and Marie, and Magnolia! Know you will hVe great fun on your new adventure.
Fair winds, Ty Nd Suzanne
Magnolia underway at 10:33 from the fuel pier. Standing down Tampa Bay bound for sea. “At Sea” approx 1300. All is well! Anthony Baker
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover
– Mark Twain
Preparations to sail Magnolia back to the Chesapeake from Tampa have reached a fevered pitch. All major boat systems have been checked out and are ready. A small number of items still remain but the biggest item at this time is provisioning for the crew, got feed the crew!!! Provided we have a good weather window, we will depart Tampa a week from tomorrow. Wish us luck!
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Greg, Marie, Annette and I caught an early morning flight from Washington National to Tampa this last Saturday. Twenty minutes after hitting the ground we were at the marine supply store picking up 60 feet of anchor chain to add in front of the 300 feet of rode. Greg and I got the boat underway from Apollo Beach while Annette and Marie chased after some provisioning items. Our friends Ty & Suzanne drove down from Orlando for dinner, not expecting them until after getting Magnolia tied up in her new marina slip (keeping in mind this is the first opportunity I have had to dock her by my own hand). Ty, a former Navy Destroyer Driver and Suzanne also a retired Navy Officer, were also the last people I wanted to see me make a sloppy landing. Thankfully, by the grace of God and some artful coaching from Greg, no one was embarrassed. Luckily Ty and Suzanne forgot their Olympic score cards: 9.9 or was it 6.6?
Sunday with the wind up and thunderstorms expected in the afternoon, we got Magnolia underway first thing in the AM. We needed to give all of the sail rigging some exercise and see if there were any repairs to be made before departure. Had a good day, sailing all points, rigged the whisker pole and dropped the hook as well. Magnolia carried herself in good stead and performed admirably.
Sunday night we had the thunderstorm from hell with more rain than one could imagine. We were ensconced at the bar.
Monday we managed to move a rigger, engine mechanic, diesel tank cleaner and the dinghy dealer across the decks for inspections before a late afternoon flight back to Washington.
A very successful weekend!
Things are getting exciting around here. We head to Florida this weekend for are second pre-departure visit to Magnolia. It has been nearly a month since out last visit so there will be much to do!