A Night Passage to the Tortugas
For our first long passage, we cruised to the Dry Tortugas. We took Capt. Joe Hanko to
teach us about passage making, navigating the Keys, and how to get the most from the
boat. We did 500 miles mostly in light air, so we got semi-comfortable with the Code Zero.
We got a cold front through on night #4, which gave us a thorough orientation to winter
weather patterns in Gulf Coast Florida. We did two overnight passages, up and back, for
which we had fine, but light, weather. These were with full moon and were Jennifer's first
times to sail at night and, with the steady weather, she quite enjoyed them. We are very
thankful for Capt. Joe's help in getting us up the learning curve with the boat and with
cruising. And most of all, we had a really great time.
A few snaps