Sounds like you at least got to use your 18 for a bit. That's good. I am at the end of our season too up here in Michigan so I feel your pain. I'm with your crew on this one, I don't feel like going through the "learning curve" in 50 degree water, suit or no suit, lol.
Wuffles: It sounds like you have some awesome sailing grounds. That's fantastic that you are getting some warm air and good wind out there . Sounds like you are a smart man and are going to take advantage of it. Enjoy it. Keep us posted on your sailing exploits. I, for one, can use a vicarious source of sailing right now!