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Burrrrr !!!!!

Hopefully this is just a weird weather pattern going through Florida… ITS COLD!!!! really COLD!!!  

First time wearing jeans since last August?   It was 65F when we woke up yesterday…  thats just not right!…   🙂
Just 2 days ago we were in Bahamas at the 2 grocery stores.
To be honest I think we were in between delivery boats… “Slim Pickin”
Allie opened the meat freezer.. and instantly closed it..  Nothing in there for us she said…
Then she opened the ice cream freezer.. empty
Fruit?  They had limes
Vegetables – Onions (is that even a vegetable?)
Good thing we had lots of supplies on board..
Now… back to Florida…
Heading to town we found a Publix grocery store..   OMG.. we walked in and instantly were shocked..
The selection of EVERYTHING was seriously overwhelming for us..
We haven’t seen anything like this in 8 months..   we walked so slowly just looking at everything.. even the colours of all the packaging was WIERD to us
The other customers were rushing around.. trying to get around us as we would Stand in front of each display in AWE…
Allie had half the cart filled with Fruit in the first 10 minutes…
Orange Juice… real Milk???   are you kidding me… these things are either WAY too expensive in the islands or just not available..
The BBQ is certainly getting a workout in the next few days!    I Found the BEEF !!!
Thunder is also a new thing..   big storms passing through Florida were another new thing for us
Allie says it smells like Spring in Ontario..  fresh cut grass…  all new smells for us…  how long have we been gone??
Anchored in Sebastian, Florida right now..   this is a neat little place that we have been to before…
In fact I’ve had both Robins’ motorcycle (Bender) and the big Harley here before.. and now Island Dancer…  thats cool!
The restaurant Captain Hirams is a really cool place with bands playing and a sand floor..  Its very popular because its designed to make you feel like your on an island… kicking off your flip flops in the sand..
Allie wasn’t as impressed..  “Dad you realize this isn’t real sand..”    No impressing her with fake island themes…  ha!
Fun time with a great band..  Island Dancer was anchored just offshore making some great photo’s for us…
Heading up to COCO beach today..  need to hit up a West Marine!
Have a Great Day!
Timbo

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Land Ho FLORIDA!!!

47 hours and around 300 miles later, we land in Florida!!
First 8 hours was crossing bahama bank where the depth can be just 6 feet but averaged 10.. with coral heads around, it was not a spot to relax..
There was a cheer from the crew when we entered the Tongue of the Ocean area where it is over 6000 feet!!! Ya!!!!
Sailing up to Nassau we had our normal shift changes in action. Allie was at the helm when a fairly good sized squall hit us!
It was the most unusual time to happen.. I had just woke up.. made a coffee and sat down beside Allie.
Timbo: “Allie, what would you do if a squall hit right now”
Allie: “Bear off the wind, release the jib and main”

No kidding.. at that precise second her next words were
“Is that a raindrop?”

and BANG… wind went from 15-20 to greater than 35 knots…
Robin came flying up from below, as Allie and Timbo were knockin down the sails..
These squalls only last 5-10 minutes.. but at night a lot of times you don’t see them coming!
Its the kind of thing the first couple times it happens you go “WHOLLY CRAP &%$” and then it’s not a big deal at all.. just part of sailing down here.

Our second night passage was across the Gulf Stream to Florida.. I’ve had many people tell me how crazy it can be.. and have read many stories of people who never really cross it…
They try, but turn around… try again.. and eventually sell their boat…
Well I can’t really chime in on it… I was asleep… Robin sailed her across and woke me up to the buoy’s and high-rises of West Palm Beach!

Sad to say goodbye to the Caribbean, but feels like some type of accomplishment getting to Florida…
OK.. where’s Walmart!!! 🙂

Have a Great Day!
Timbo!

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National Champs

Jessi’s soccer team ended 10 days on the road with the top prize!!  

They won the National Championship!!! 

A Very close game with their team down a point with 5 minutes to go..   They tied it up… went into Overtime, and won the whole thing..  Pretty Cool… 

Way to Go Jessi!!!

Mac Pics

Had an AWESOME Race!!! We beat our personal best Time 2 years in a ROW !!! ha!.. 12 hours quicker this year…. Didn’t beat too many boats but certainly had a great time!.. I’ll have a video coming up in the next few days.. but here’s some pics for the time being !!!

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Transfer Trip with Captain Allie

Our first nautical job.. Payment in Burgers!!! Love it!

We brought Pauls new sailboat from Port Sanalac to Sarnia…. A nice little sail down the lake..

Couldn’t teach Paul how to tie a double granny knot.. but his daughter (8 years old?) can tie a Bowline BEHIND her back!!! 

He best not leave the dock without her!!!

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