Cayo LevisaAfter visiting the south side of the island, it was time to pack up, say our goodbye's and get ready for the trip home. But first, we would sneak in a trip to Cayo Levisa by boat. We had visited the barrier island of Cayo Levisa on our last cruise (2016), and really loved it.
|Beaches - Cayo Levisa|
We had talked it up to the rest of the crew - and the 6 musketeers were in! We would have liked to clear out of Cuba (customs, immigration) from Cayo Levisa and head straight to Florida. However, this is not possible as it is not a Port of Entry. So we were required to return via Hemingway. For more details on Cayo Levisa, please take a look at our posts in June 2016. but hers are a few pics of this year's visit.
|Night sky at Anchor - Cayo Levisa|
|Our favorite abandoned Bar - still there!|
Going Yacht Clubbing!I am going to keep this to a brief post as we have now traveled north up the west side of Florida several times and there are a number of posts on this site about the trips we have made. our route this time was as follows:
- Havana to Naples
- Naples to Sarasota Yacht Club
- Sarasota YC to St. Petersburg YC
- St. Petersburg YC to Pensacola
Yes, this was a YC-crawl! why you may ask?
|Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge|
So, there you go. Here's my little ad for YC membership. Some clubs are hurting, so support your local Yacht Club!
All of the legs on the return trip were "daysails"except Havana to Naples (one overnight) and St. Pete's to Pensacola (2-nights).
|Lobby - Sarasota YC|
The sailing was good - no storms. We did motor for several stretches to keep up the speed, but it was a great trip home, and by the time we got to Pensacola we were about ready to be home. - But definitely in that nice "Home-Sweet-Home" way. This had truly been a spectacular trip. Looking back over everything - the race was fun and had some highs and lows (largely weather-related); the time in Cuba was amazing! We really enjoyed visiting the south side of the island as well as once again visiting the barrier island of Cayo Levisa. And the return legs were a great opportunity to just wind down a little.
|Night Sky Arrives Home - Bray Marina!|
And I have to say this - what an amazing crew. Its quite a feat to put 6 people on a boat for close to 3 weeks and never have a ruffled feather. I just don't think we could have got along together any better. as a crew, we worked together extremely well. Ron and Julie are amazing hosts, and insist on preparing all meals. Not just meals - spectacular meals. Thank you guys for allowing us to join you on Night Sky. I know that Larry and Tracy also share that same sentiment. We became the 6-musketeers!.....and had a wonderful adventure together.
And how better to end a trip!
Oh but wait......there's more! one more party at PYC to celebrate the winners and safe return of the race participants.
|Capt. Bob Kriegel and crew of Arcadia - winning boat!|