Originally Posted by Crosis
Have you been to Miami? Compared to Biscayne Bay, Tampa is a ghost town for sailing. St Pete is a ghost town for sailing. Yes I am out all the time and Tampa Bay region is a completely wasted area. I can drive over the Howard Frankland, The Gandy or the CCC every day of the week and never see a sail on the water
. I cant swing an oar in Biscayne Bay without it getting tangled in someone's rigging
. We must have a very different understanding of the word "hopping" because to call Tampa's boating
scene hopping is laughable.
Ah...you need to get out more. Old Tampa Bay is indeed quite "thin" but the biggest problem obstructing sailing there is the clearances under the bridges you name, all less than 45 feet; thereby limiting boats much over 28-30 feet. Hence the absence of many boats. Get south of there, however, and in fact, south of Gadsden Point, and there is quite enough water and good sailing. Some would argue that even Hillsborough Bay has good sailing, e.g. the crew at Davis Island YC. We frequently visit SPYC and have always been impressed with the sailing action there abouts on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. There is also good sailing south of there and particularly between the Skyway Bridge and the off-laying keys and the Manatee River. That said, however, I do not, and personally know no other sailors, that bemoan the absence of the Mob
that swarms lower Biscayne Bay. Frankly, most prefer it that way...