Now We Wait

11 Apr

Carrabelle

So, here we sit at Carrabelle, Florida….

…until the weather gods say it’s okay to cross the Gulf of Mexico.  Who knows how long we’ll be here (figure thunderstorms, wind, chop, fog, rain, etc. are all bad for a little boat in a big gulf). So, best to just enjoy our time in lovely Carrabelle (I hear they have a great ice cream shop!).

13 Responses to “Now We Wait”

  1. Alex Ertz April 11, 2015 at 08:32 #

    LynnAnne & Boyd,

    Congratulations on reaching the Eastern end of the ICW on Florida’s Panhandle–your “jumping-off point” for the Suncoast of SW FL. We’ve been through Carrabelle 3 times (twice heading SE and once returning to Pickwick) with stays at C-Quarters ranging from 1 night to 7 waiting on weather. The Fisherman’s Wife is pretty good, but Carrabelle Junction rocks for lunch and tasty treats. We are in Gulfport, FL (near St. Petersburg) waiting on the marina up on Chesapeake Bay to get our boat back in the water for Loop continuation. Please let us know when you make the crossing. Love to see you and catch up…and help with a car for your provisioning and entertainment. Since you’re clearly intent on seeing the sights along the way, you should definitely plan a few days in downtown St. Petersburg. It’s the finest, most beautiful city with a big municipal marina and a couple other mooring options, too. So many Loopers transit directly from Clearwater or Gulfport to Bradenton or Sarasota following the magenta line–and don’t ever know what they missed. BTW, downtown St Pete is 20 nm by water from Gulfport, but only 7 by car, so if you stay in Gulfport Municipal Marina or at the anchorage just off downtown GP, we can also take you to there by car to eat or shop in just minutes. Have a fun and safe crossing! Do you need anyone to help crew? 😉

    P.S. Buoy 42036 — get to know it.

  2. Allan Leslie April 11, 2015 at 08:39 #

    There are worse places to wait. We still have 2 ft of snow in the driveway. Cheers from the crew of Runaground Sue

    • ACRES Webmaster April 11, 2015 at 08:43 #

      Hi Allan! Great to hear from you! You can keep your snow, I’ll keep my warm, snug harbor!

  3. pat April 11, 2015 at 13:25 #

    Very good call!

  4. ACRES Webmaster April 11, 2015 at 13:36 #

    Thanks, Mom!

  5. Rod Robinson April 12, 2015 at 00:14 #

    The Gulf of Mexico! Gosh! Open ocean! This next leg will be the ultimate test for boat and crew! And I’m confident that both are prepared for the challenge!

  6. ACRES Webmaster April 12, 2015 at 07:58 #

    Fingers crossed, we’ll be up for the attempt! …but not today — once again the weather gods have said ‘no’…

  7. Barbie Robinson April 13, 2015 at 07:38 #

    Boydie, remember that sailing race you did from Melbourne to Tasmania (Devonport was it?) That was open ocean. Is Gulf of Mexico worse? Do you have to cross like that blue line says or can you hug the coast line like the other blue line? LynnAnne are you near your parents’? At least you can visit them while you’re waiting??? Lotsa love xxxx

    • ACRES Webmaster April 13, 2015 at 08:31 #

      No, the Gulf of Mexico isn’t worse — it’s just that it’s shallow, so there’s no place to really pull in if there’s trouble. We think that we’ll go on the line that is shorter, since we go so slow and we don’t get very far in a day. My parents are at the bottom of Florida, so they’re not really that close, so nope I haven’t visited…all well xoxo

      • Barbie Robinson April 13, 2015 at 18:27 #

        Oh ok and good that it’s not worse than Bass Strait. God speed then and may you be blessed with fine weather. Lotsa love xoxoxox

      • ACRES Webmaster April 13, 2015 at 19:02 #

        Thanks Barbie…fingers crossed

  8. Jan Halter April 14, 2015 at 07:46 #

    Are there other loopers that will cross with you when the weather is right? How did the back hatch turn out?

    • ACRES Webmaster April 14, 2015 at 07:53 #

      Hi Jan. We’re the only looper here, so it’ll be us and EPIRB…all well. I’ll email you with some pictures of the aft hatch!

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