Day 2: Recovering from an Overnight Passage

Sunrise over Fort Myers Beach

Sunrise over Fort Myers Beach

Around 5:30 this morning, the wind finally kicked in (Just when we could no longer use it!). Cindy and I quickly dropped the sails to prepare to enter San Carlos Bay. We watched the sun rise over Ft. Myers Beach before passing under the Sanibel Causeway and making our way past Punta Rassa. Soon we found the beginning of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and took a hard turn to Port, passing the Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge.

This poor, cold, lonely guy was the only guy we saw out at 6:30 am as we entered San Carlos Bay

This poor, cold, lonely guy was the only guy we saw out at 6:30 am as we entered San Carlos Bay

Nearing the Sanibel Causeway (vertical clearance 75' - No Sweat!)

Nearing the Sanibel Causeway (vertical clearance 75′ – No Sweat!)

Sanibel Causeway and Sun

Sanibel Causeway and Sun

We were planning to anchor at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. However, with the anchorage being exposed to north winds and a heavy chop on San Carlos Bay we decided that might be uncomfortable and decided to anchor on the other side of the channel near St. James City. After an uneventful anchoring exercise in 8-9 ft of water, Cindy and I had some cereal for breakfast and took a short nap before the girls awoke.

Bundled up with 2 pairs of pants, a t-shirt, sweat shirt, jacket with hoodie, and windbreaker.  And… still cold!

Bundled up with 2 pairs of pants, a t-shirt, sweat shirt, jacket with hoodie, and windbreaker. And… still cold!

Fishing off Beatitude

Fishing off Beatitude

The Young Lady and the Sea

The Young Lady and the Sea[/caption

Any desired outdoor activities were pretty much ruled out due to the cold. It just wouldn’t have been very fun in the dinghy or the kayak. Instead we threw some fishing lines over the side of Beatitude and caught nothing. (It was still fun.) Around 3 pm, it seemed the wind had calmed slightly and the chop had lessened, so we decided to head for the more scenic anchorage at Ding Darling. We came in at high tide and anchored in 6 feet of water, hoping we don’t touch bottom when the tide goes out. This was a good test for our 85 lb Mantus, with a strong wind and strong chop on a lee shore.

[caption id="attachment_1053" align="alignnone" width="584"]Julie "laying out" in the Florida Sun Julie “laying out” in the Florida Sun

After grilling burgers for dinner, we gathered to play a few games. Barry was victorious in Bananagram, Julie won at Golf (the card game), and Cindy won at 10-down (another card game). Tracy received the good sportsmanship award! We fired up the generator for the while to run the heat in order to take the chill off and enjoyed a peaceful night at anchor.

Sunset over Sanibel

Sunset over Sanibel

4 thoughts on “Day 2: Recovering from an Overnight Passage

  1. Enjoy reading your adventures! (big baby! It’s 19 degrees here -ha) but it would be cold to you guys there if not use to it getting low. Glad you’re having fun! Love ya

  2. It looks freezing and I am so thankful it was not that cold when we were there. I hope Julie used sunscreen!!! My burn is starting to peel and I wouldn’t want that to happen to her!! LOL! Sail on Cap’n!!

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