We have arrived safely in Dunedin and are docked at Marker 1 Marina off the Dunedin Causeway. Whew!
“Attitude makes the difference between an ordeal and an adventure,” says Bob Bitchin, publisher of Cruising Outpost Magazine. We have just experienced an adventure and we’re happy (and relieved) to be tied to the dock. Our attitudes are good, despite a challenging trip.
Scott and I along with Michael and Angel Ganey departed Shell Point at 9 a.m.. yesterday following a terrific send off from our friends on shore. David and Pam Bullard escorted us out of Shell Point with their power boat. We raised the mainsail and unfurled the headsail and were making good time. Within an hour, we had reduced both sails because of wind and sea state (too much of each).
The forecast called for 15-20 knots of wind out of the with 2-4 foot seas. During the day, winds were 15-25 and seas were 4-6. Winds were mostly from the east.
We enjoyed a beautiful sunset at sea.
After dark, we got 25-28 knots of wind with 6-8 foot seas. Each couple took four hour watches with the men at the helm, starting at 8 p.m. The other couple grabbed a little sleep when possible.
By 10 a.m. today, the forecast was more accurate with sloppy seas and 15 knots of wind. By 11 a.m., it was beautiful.
Island Time performed well. Crew is happy to be tied to the dock. We were not able to get photos but at times we were escorted by dolphin, sea gulls and monarch butterflies.
As we came through the Dunedin Causeway draw bridge, we noticed a kayak to the east, where we were headed. They waved a champagne bottle at us. We were surprised and thrilled to learn that Scott’s brother, Jon, and our sister-in-law, Melinda, had made the trip from Sarasota to escort us into harbor. (Awww!)