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Join Date: Nov 2008
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Re: Informal Sailing Weather Survey
We sail Southwest Florida, also out of the Tampa Bay area, and I generally agree with Phil's comments , above, although, at least for us, we've found it much hotter and rainier than in past years. In past during this time of year we would depart the the early morning and have fairly good sailing tho' with rather light airs. Then, in later afternoon, something between 3:00 to 4:00 we'd see a few squalls develop and it would rain like heck for an hour or so. As long as we were moored up or anchored by that time, or if off shore, reefed down, we were generally good. This year the rains seem to start very early and last most of the day and often through the night. The wind's either non-existant or gusting like heck which makes my much better half very uncomfortable, whether under way or on the hook. Because of the run-off, we have also found the water rather nasty in places where is past we enjoyed swimming and "beaching" and toxic from too many micro-organisms in the water for safe exposure, e.g. Vibrio. So, we and the yacht sit, waiting for fall...
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