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Old 22-07-2016, 04:22   #31
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Re: Pensacola to Corpus Christi Aug/Sept

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Old 22-07-2016, 05:14   #32
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Re: Pensacola to Corpus Christi Aug/Sept

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Gentlemen, it's been almost a year. I thought i'd posted an update but apparently it didn't make it.
We shoved off on the 25th as planned to beautiful blue skys and light winds. We all popped a beer to celebrate.
Once it got dark the wind and waves picked up significantly and we rocked and rolled all night. I was on the midnight to 4am watch. The main boom gybing back and forth so hard the car threw up sparks a few times until we lasso'd it down and tied it off.
The greatest part....a full moon, seas forever, the bimini folded back and me all alone steering the boat on my first passage. I am so F'g hooked!
The rest of the trip was spent dodging oil rigs both super huge to a small wood platform and DEAD calm waters. So calm that flies on the floating seaweed were landing and biting us. I got a cool video though of the bow slicing through glassy waters.
We're now safely docked in Corpus Christi Marina. We make it down every 4 - 6 weeks and are currently updating, upgrading and repairing so we can leave full time. Hopefully we'll shove off in 2017.
Thanks for all the advice. It was a life changing trip.
Congratulations on your first passage and thanks for the update. It's always fun to hear the rest of the story.

Sounds like you had a real cross section of sailing experiences, from calm to bumpy but all fun. Here's to many more.

Happy sailing.

The water is always bluer on the other side of the ocean.
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