Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Underway!!!! Hooray!

Well, as I sit in the cockpit typing this post, we have been officially on our journey for two days!!

Yesterday was very hectic, as we had a bunch of things to do before we left the dock. High tide was at 12:00pm, and we were aiming to leave then. We got underway at about 1:45pm after running our final errands, stowing the air conditioner, and doing the final boat prep.

Despite taking a ginger tablet, wearing my new electronic sea band and drinking gingerale and eating pretzels, I still got a little sea sick when I went below to make lunch. We were still in Terra Ceia Bay and it was choppy. Once we entered the ICW (Intracoastal waterway) my sea sickness subsided.

All in all it was a beautiful day on the water, and we arrived at our destination at Longboat Key around 5:30pm. We dropped the anchor in an anchorage with eight other sailboats. The location was lovely and calm, and the breeze was incredible!

Things I learned yesterday; Take Bonine pills for sea sickness before it hits, make lunch before we leave, I need a lot of practice at the helm to make anchoring easier!!

Henry did great, and seemed to really enjoy the day outside. The bimini and dodger provided ample shade, which is lucky, since Henry has learned to remove both sunglasses and hats, and does so as soon as you put them on him!

Today we are headed for Venice...Florida, not Italy! :) The water has been incredibly calm today, but there is no breeze to speak of, and we are hot! We had engine trouble early on in the day, with an alternator belt being thrown, and the engine overheating. Luckily I have a clever "Jack of all trades" husband, who changed the belt on the fly so we only had about 15 minutes of down time as we bobbed in Sarasota Bay.

I will keep you posted on our progress!

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