A Cruise in November
They say that November is one of the best months to sail in south
Florida. After the risk of hurricanes and before the cold fronts get to
ripping through. We had good friends join us on the caution that it
could blow either way, and in the end we got some of everything.
Setting out on the heels of a cold front, it blew us off our lunch anchor
and got cold (for south Florida), but the next day we got great wind
out of the north for a rip snort sail south under the Code Zero. After
surfing in the channel to Marco Island at 11-15 kts :O , we spent the
next day exploring the area and had a wonderful lunch on the
Then back north into a dying northerly that was stubbornly refusing
to go east, so we ended up motoring the last half and squeaked in to
Big Marco Pass through a veeery narrow bridge. Only to find reversing
currents and wind-against-current in the anchorage. We improvised
with two anchors and got lucky with no fouling of the two rodes.
Then off for a really cool afternoon on a dock at Ft Myers Beach and a
hot Saturday night. Sunday, we got a really great sail on the fresh
easterly, ripped up and down along Estero Island for the day, then
back up to our quiet Glover Bight and some reading/kick-back time.
Finally warming now, we had an afternoon in the sun before we had to
go in to tie up and pack.