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Old 12-21-2012
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Well, I have to work on the video editing process, but here's some raw footage from Marathon Key's City Marina and Boot Key Horbor:





Just another fun day in Paradise,

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A strong cold front ripped through the Florida Keys two days ago, bringing with it a 30-degree drop in temperature. Believe me when I tell you that 52-degrees is brutally cold for us old codgers who seem to have rapidly become accustomed to temperatures in the upper 70s. The accompanying winds with the frontal passage compounded the cold weather problem, causing the waves in Boot Key to rise to nearly two feet at one point. This makes it difficult to make dinghy passages from boats to the marina, but there were some brave souls that pounded through the waves wearing parkas and rainsuits to hear the music I played at the Tiki Hut last night. We had a ball, but I only lasted two hours until I became so cold I could no longer sing and play. This morning, the temperature is back to about 64 degrees and 70 is predicted.

Christmas at the marina will feature a pot-luck brunch at the Tiki Hut, which will feature a host of wonderful dishes and deserts. I hope to do a New Year's Eve party at the marina as well, which should be lots of fun if the weather cooperates.

Another fun day in Paradise,

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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

That front whacked us all, Gary. Glad to hear things are warming up for you.
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Gary....did you try Porks BBQ yet?
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Yes - it was outstanding.

Thanks for the tip,

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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Love the updates. Still need vid of you rocking the Tiki bar!! A christmas carol would be particularly outstanding.
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I'll try to get a vid at the Tiki Bar next week - maybe New Years Eve party there.

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I love reading your updates, keep em coming...Merry Christmas !!
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

Merry Christmas Gary,

Enjoy seeing your videos from someone stuck in the mountains of NC some 6 hour drive away from his boat.
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Re: The ICW - Single Handed - Well, Almost!

The weather was beautiful this morning, winds from the northeast at 10 to 12, perfect day for sailing. At 10 this morning, shortly after washing the breakfast dishes and talking with my family in the frozen north, I headed across Boot Key Harbor, passed through Sisters Creek, and out into Hawk Channel. As soon as I cleared the creek markers, the sails went up and the engine was shut down. Had a beam reach most of the way, passed over the reef just east of Sombrero Light, then headed due south till the depths exceeded 200 feet. The water out there is a deep, azure blue, and it actually sparkles as your boat wake pushes the water outward from the hull.

After about 4 hours, the winds increased to just over 20 MPH, so I turned around and had a beam reach all the way to the mouth of Sisters Creek, where I lowered the sails and fired up the engine. What a fantastic way to spend Christmas Day. 75-degrees, low humidity, a wonderful sail, good food and a green coconut Margaretta. It doesn't get any better than this.

The photos are not that great, taken with my cellular telephone. Top is the view of Sombrero Light from 2 miles out in the ocean. And yes, the water is really that blue.


This photo was taken as I passed over the reef northeast of Sombrero Light.


Another fun day in Paradise,

Gary
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