|Blue Angels in formation|
November 11 and 12 was the Blue Angels homecoming and their last show of the season. This was held at NAS Pensacola , just a short distance from Ft. Mcree, one of our favorite anchorages in the Pensacola Bay area. So this served as the perfect vantage point to watch both the Friday night show and the Saturday day show. and what better way to watch it than from the water!
|Ft. McCree Anchorage|
Friends Ron and Jule arrived on Thursday to claim our spot, and also hosted the PYC Raft-up. We used their hook (actually a tandem anchor) and rafted with both Night Sky and Lady of Leisure. We also had 2 power boats tied to our "raft".
|North side of Spoil Island|
Our combined crews pooled resources and enjoyed meals, drinks and camaraderie throughout the weekend. The high bridge of Lady of Leisure provided an excellent vantage point to view the Friday night show, and the dunes of "Spoil Island" provided a similar vantage for the day show.
For dinner on Saturday, Ron and Julie worked hard to conjure up a great fish fry. The show was, as always, spectacular with great feats of aeronautical acrobatics by the Blues and several other historic planes dating back to WWII.
And if that was not enough, Pensacola was graced with a visit from the sailing yacht AMERICA - a 139 ft. schooner replica of the famous racing yacht that won the first America's Cup in 1851..Some PYC Members got the opportunity to sail on her and view part of the airshow from her decks. We had towed the ski-boat with us so that we could catch up to her on the bay and get some photos of her under sail. Here are a few of the shots!
|Schooner AMERICA, Pensacola|
Now if an airshow and a Sailing Schooner under sail is not "Making America Great Again".....well I don't know what is!
The weekend ended with the traditional sunday PYC brunch with endless Mimosas, Bloody Mary's, and breakfast provided by PYC members.