Monday, December 29 - Well, we are happy to say we have crossed the Gulf and are in Clearwater, FL this evening.
We left Carrabelle, FL, C-Quarters Marina at 1 PM on Saturday, December 27 and were docking our boat at the Clearwater Harbor Marina by 10:35 AM on Sunday, December 28.
It wasn't without issues...wallering around in sloshy waves for about 6 or 7 hours...but the majority of the trip was smooth. It wasn't a scary ride, just a very uncomfortable ride. And it seemed the water was being pushed from a couple of directions. Trouble was...I obviously hadn't taken enough motion sickness medication and turned green. Wayne ended up doing the majority of the piloting by necessity. He ended up staying awake the whole 21+ hours. I napped a couple of times on the bench near the upstairs helm, finally "recovering" about half way through the trip.
We had to negotiate several boat passings during the trip, which was interesting. And we enjoyed the company of our "buddies" on Vivens Aqua.
We are glad to have it behind us since the longer in the winter we waited, the fewer windows for crossing we would have. Now we know we will be moored at Marina Jack's in Sarasota by January 1.
Tomorrow we start the two day trip down to Sarasota, stopping in the evening at an anchorage off the Tampa Bay. I'll be back to the blog when we return in mid-January. Meanwhile, have a safe and happy New Years celebration and see you in 2015!