For sailors or the idly curious…here’s how the trip North from Key West to Ft. Myers Beach went. I originally intended to sail further North towards Boca Grande and jog South a couple of miles to Cabbage Key; but I ended up jumping into Ft. Myers Beach at Moss Marina to wait out a northerly gale and regroup from the 24 hour bash into the wind and waves. Lots of noise, lots of diesel fumes. You can imagine. Just FYI, the word “awesome” herein may be sarcasm. For truly enjoyable things in this section of the log, I generally use other words.
I have removed the reference to my solid elimination schedule. I have retained the notes on fluid intake and outtake for scientific purposes.
1200 Fueled at Conch Harbor fuel dock. Got stuff out of dink (except fuel) and added 2nd painter. Slightly wet shorts and shoes/socks. A jerky process. Partly to mostly cloudy. Zero cal mineral water.
@1315 Hailed Key West Express and informed of my route. Lost hat while trying to get sails up and stuff squared away at KWE passing. Attempted recovery motorsailing. Missed first pass. Booney hat lost. Tried to pay CC due today via web. Frustration. Pwd? Got msg from Pops re doctor, traded msgs w Tanya and social. Lost Spot, rebooted. Seems working.
1451-1505 Sails down. Wind on the nose. Almost lost “Captain” cap. 5.1kts SOG. Awesome.
1528 Shrimper on horizon crossing me W to E. Drinking a Water.
1537 Shrimper 1 appears to be passing safely to stbd (E), Shrimper 2 spotted 1mi east of that, course TBD
1540 12mi. line. Water has been bluer last few mi. Still blue green.
1546 Peed of stbd. Bright yellow, maybe from multivitamin.
1600 Wind 005M course 350T SOG 5.0-5.2. Shrimpers abeam to E @ 2-3mi. Waves 1-2.5′ w occasional 3’+ swell underneath. 1020mb
1611 Sea turtle abeam stbd 50′. Another shrimper abeam port @5mi.
1625 Dry shorts, 86 shoes and socks. Wind dead ahead @350T. SOG 4.8.
1633 @14.5mi NNW (350T) of KW NW Channel marker, crossed a 75yd stretch of different water. Reflection looked lighter. No capillary action? Noticed a few spots of small bubbles, could have been marine life. No change in wind or SOG during or after AFAIK
1642 shrimper astern 155M. Northbound?
1645 2200RPM. We’ll see how she does. Drank another water.
16:59:30 Same Pan Pan about missing diver S of KW.
1800 Heading 002 COG 350T 5.7-5.9kt. wind/waves same. Altostratus NW cumulus and haze E. Clear above. 1021 mb steady. Key West Express passed 5mi E at 1745. Had 4-5 table crackers w cheese, and beer. Heated burrito. Lights on. Radio off.
1818 Most. Amazing. Burrito. Ever. Managed to get grill lit, turned down Med-Low…as low as I thought would stay lit. put foil pkg on. No idea how long. Let cool. One corner of bottom near center of grill (shifted from center due to motion) was barely charred. Overall: magnificent.
1900 lighted fog signal almost abeam to port @ 1/2mi. Vessel @55 degrees off starboard bow. Direction and distance unknown. Conditions same. Slightly more splash near marker. Have changed into jacket hoodie warmups and Docksiders. Making 5.4kt.
1911 Took 2 Tums for acid. “Vessel” disappeared. Going away? Moon not up yet. Many stars visible. 1021mb.
1937 Full moon appears over low cloud bank far East. Amazing.
2000 Thought we were getting into some smoother water for a sec where we could make better time. But no. Occasional large bow splash but thankfully no major cockpit spray. So far. Heading 354T. COG 351T @ 5.2kt. Speed varied greatly last little while. Down as low as 3.9 with sets of waves. Just took largest one yet. Time to put up iDevices etc. soon. (“Large” still = less than 4 ft, I think.)
(Probably less than 3 ft. Does moonlight make waves look bigger or smaller? I believe they look bigger looking toward them than looking abeam as they pass. What looked like an impressive wave becomes… Meh.)
2020 Returned iPad, cheese, crackers, cheese knife and board, 2 beer bottles inside. Got water and Zoom.
2035 Looks like rain. Wardrobe change. Heading into low cumulus. Moon obscured often but still providing some light.
2100 We must be in a more confused sea about now. Down to 2.4 for a sec during wave set!!! Heard a tinkling sound, worried me a sec. It was water running aft off the side decks!! Wind may actually be a bit lighter but still same direction. 1021mb. Finished another water.
2200 Same Old Shit. Let the naps begin.
0000 left fog light to port peed twice more this hour.
0034 peed again
0100 Motion kinder? Smoother swells. But only 4 kts, per iPhone?
0102 a little more pounding of course
0200 1020mb. Peed again.
0239 Vessel WNW. Will pass. 4.7-4.8kt per plotter.
0302 Vessel still abeam. Appears to be bearing slowly astern.
0339 Vessel bearing stern quarter. @3mi?
0414 Vessel OOS. Peed again.
0437 Vessel astern, port quarter.
0500 Almost due W of Marco
0600 All is well.
0621 Dawn coming w moon still up. Peed again.
0700 All is well. Plunging a bit more again perhaps. Chilly abovedecks. Peed again. 1021mb
0800 25mi WSW of Naples. Peed. Put on burrito (oven) and water for coffee. Also drank 1/2 water.
Took lock off Y valve, opened seacock, ran macerator to (hopefully) empty holding tank. Returned valves. Made coffee. Cockpit definitely getting plenty of spray. Concerned holding tank may be loose. Will check when I can clear v berth.
0900 Burrito. May pass on the coffee. Diverting to San Carlos Bay and ICW (vs. Boca Grande). Gotta be better than this. Slightly less pitching, much more rolling and yawing. Maybe a hair more speed. 4.5 kts SOG 039T. Wind may have veered. On the nose, but waves on port bow. They have definitely been 3’+ max for a couple of hours. Moderate whitecaps, some small crests breaking. Sky clear, a few cirrus.
1000 Quick to neutral: passed over goddamn crab pot. Realized we had been on locked heading. Corrected back to Track and up to 2300 RPM.
1022 12mi. line. Just replaced Spot batteries after sending manual “Ok” msg and seeing red power led. Have we been transmitting track? Been happily blinking green all night. Getting 5+ kts. for a minute.
1034 Fishing boat port beam @ 2mi
1100 9mi. line. Limited cell reception. Sanibel high rises seen to port bow as well. Still more crab pots.
1200 Approaching San Carlos Bay. 2300 RPM
1300 Entering San Carlos Bay, depth reading strangely shallow…consitently 5-6′ in what should be deeper water. Following shrimper in. They alternate between going my speed and slowing down for operations. Ugh.
@1330 While getting ready to pass shrimper, vessel under sail whistled at me. Discovered anchor hanging off bow! No doubt the cause for the false depth readings (hanging in front of transpoder). Re-lashed and continued into Matanzas Pass.