Lets see….where did we leave off…..oh yeah we got our butts kicked.
|Tamera enjoying the calm passage|
|Kooky Dance enjoying the calm passage|
|Excellent sunset while on passage|
With nerves still on edge we untied the lines from Palafox Pier Marina in Pensacola and made a short trip to Big Lagoon to anchor down for the night. The next morning we awoke to dense fog and decided to wait it out. Finally we pulled up anchor at 8:30 and made our way out to the Gulf of Mexico again. We rode some nice size swells out of Pensacola Pass and into the the deeper waters of the Gulf. We set our sails and began heading East, Port Saint Joe here we come. The winds filled in 8-10 knots from the SE and increased up to 15 knots and gave us a lovely sail doing around 7 knots SOG all night. This was the kind of passage we needed after getting our butts kicked. We made it to Port Saint Joe, FL around 3:15 am and found a wonderful wide & deep entrance into PSJ. We rounded the corner and dropped the anchor in beautiful clear water and white sandy beaches…..Ahhhhh paradise.
|Clear water and sandy white beaches|
|Scott Exploring the many wonders of PSJ|
|Jill showing us around PSJ|
|Jill lent a hand at changing a light up the mast|
|The crew arriving in Pensacola|
|The salty trio - Bud, Tamera & Scott|
|Lumpy Seas - the water color was stunning|
|Captain Scott worked so hard and slept so little|
Leaving for a long passage is a bit nerve racking and leaving for a long passage at night is even more so. I went below to try to sleep a little so I could do my share of watch and about an hour later I woke up to lots of rocking and rolling….we were back in the Gulf of Mexico. The entire night was quite boisterous and the crew was doing an excellent job of avoiding major sea sickness. We all felt seasick to some degree or another – thank goodness for Meclizine, my sea sickness wonder pill. We had a wonderful full moon the guide us each night and a wonderful sunny skies to warm us each day. The seas continued to bounce us around – they were 5-6 feet waves with the occasion 10 footer thrown in for some extra FUN.
|Scott holding IPAD with chart showing us just off Cuba coast|
|Bud holding IPAD with chart showing us just off Cuba coast|
|Arriving into Isla Mujeres Mexico|
|Buddy finally getting a chance to check out the anchorage|
|Boat hair - Don't care - enjoy your well deserved drink Captain|
|First Mate Tamera|
|The happy crew in Mexico|
We have now sent our crew home but wish to extend a whole hearted Thank You to Bud for his assistance with the trip. Your friendship and companionship during the voyage was memorable and we truly appreciate the laughs, conversation and extra sleep. We now need to settle into a cruising mode of meeting new people and learning a whole new way of life Mexican style.
|Tamera taking down the "Q" flag|
|Tamera raising the Mexico flag|
|The boys enjoying a hard earned night out|
|Welcome to Isla Mujeres MEXICO BABY|