And the next adventure begins!

 ed and Jan on SableDec. 12: We didn’t expect to still be sitting in Palmetto, Florida where we took possession of our new Catalina 385 on Nov. 15, but here we are. We are anticipating starting our trip to Miami tomorrow. Friday at the latest. Most everything is done and the parts we are waiting on will be shipped to our newest boating friends in Miami.

Many sailors do a 30 hour run in around the Keys from here to Marathon on the East Coast but we don’t like overnights and our journey will take 7 easy (we hope) days. It goes like this:

Day 1. Regatta Point in Palmetto to Crow’s Nest Marina and a good restaurant near Venice: 50 miles.

Day 2. Venice to Ft. Myers: 50 miles.

Day 3. Ft. Myers to Marco Island. Short day. 28 miles and choices of marinas here.

Day 4. Marco Island to Little Shark River anchorage.

Day 5. Little Shark River to either Lower Matecumbe anchorage (40 miles or Buttonwood sound (67 miles). This will depend on weather and wind direction.

Day 6. From where-ever to Biscayne Bay through the Rickenbacker Causeway Bridge.

Day 7. Dinner Kay marina in Miami.  

Sable with nameThis will be all new sailing territory for us and Sable. We have never sailed the Gulf Coast and we will be doing this in a new boat with new electronics etc. We know there is lots of shallow water, but no worse than the Bahamas.  Both exciting and a  little scary.

Hoping for fair winds and following seas.

Jan, Ed and Sable

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to And the next adventure begins!

  1. Carla says:

    Wishing you smooth seas and wonderful breezes, just the right kind. Enough to give you speed, but not too much so you can still make coffee 🙂
    Have a great journey!
    Your envious friends, Bill and Carla

    • ejhowle23 says:

      When will you join us? We have room now. Seriously, we’d love to have you. What’s your travel schedule and when will you be this side of the pond? When is Bill available?
      Call my cell. 919-360-7994. (Ed forgot his in NC!)

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