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I don't know anyone remotely close to my age who's into sailing, so if you feel like sailing on the bay, hit me up.
If we could get together all the young people in this forum I have seen say they can't find anyone their age to sail with, there would be no more comments like that - and they all seem to be on the Florida west coast. There are at least five who frequent the chat, one stationed oversees until June.

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If we could get together all the young people in this forum I have seen say they can't find anyone their age to sail with, there would be no more comments like that - and they all seem to be on the Florida west coast. There are at least five who frequent the chat, one stationed oversees until June.
Yeah, I remember the "Who's under 35" thread; and as good as it was, it'd be tough scanning the 30+ pages of replies to hunt down folks in Tampa. I might start a new thread when I get closer to coming back to the States to see if anyone is up for grabbing a beer or doing some sailing (in no particular order).

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I need more posts before I am PM. Are you in the states yet?
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Andrew, I got you on chat, we'll work something out.

Incidentally, that plan just got changed. Looks like I'll be singlehanding to Key West now rather than the DT's. A little bummed because I've been to the Keys a hundred times (by car), but at least I'm still doing a trip somewhere. I'm still figuring about 35 hours, so the sailing part should be just as good.

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Re: Sailing from Tampa to the Dry Tortugas

Made the trip, and had a great time. Thanks to everybody who offered advice.

I ended up sailing down and back with my wife on board. She even pulled a night watch so I could get an hour's sleep. The crab traps are REDICULOUS. Even after my years in the Chesepeake, I'd never seen anything like that.

The weather was okay. We did get some stormy weather at night (of course it came while we were in the middle of crab trap alley), and the wind eventually clocked around from the south-southwest which was pretty annoying. Beyond that, everything went smoothly, and we had no issues with the boat, depth, sea state, etc. Had a great time, and made it in 35 hours from the mouth of Tampa Bay.

Again, thanks for all the advice.


Additionally, I'm back in the Bay so if anyone wants to get together for a beer and or some sailing, shoot me a PM!!
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Re: Sailing from Tampa to the Dry Tortugas

I realize this is an old thread, but I'm planning on doing it this march. sailed there before, but never in March. How was it? Anyone else interested or has input, let me know.

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Re: Sailing from Tampa to the Dry Tortugas

Jeff, I have never done it. I was planning a trip to Anclote key though. Have you ever been there? The charts indicate that there should be good anchorage there for an overnight...
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