Monday, August 4, 2014

Leaving PSJ

Port St. Joe has to be one of our very favorite places.  As such it was very sad to leave, but work is starting to call, and as will subsequently be discussed (future post) we have decided to try a new port for "home base".  Although this is exciting in some ways, it will mark an end to our current cruise.

Words can't describe the enjoyment we have had on this cruise.  We have met so many great people and developed what I am sure will be long-lasting friendships.  We will especially miss the new friends we have made at Port St. Joe - from marina staff, to fellow cruisers, local residents, and local musicians.

So on Saturday, August 2, we departed Port St. Joe, knowing that we will return in the not too distant future.  In our last days in PSJ, we were joined by long-time close friend Geert.  

Geert - the flying Dutchman (orange of course!)

Even Salty looks sad as we leave.......but he did spot a fishing boat of his namesake - the Captain Salty!

While in PSJ, we managed to get the Hobie out and had wonderful sails on St. Joe's bay.  Here's a shot of the Hobie beached on the "point" of Cape San Blas - a place of special times and wonderful memories!

For any cruisers following this blog, PSJ is in my opinion a "must stop" place - but please, please don't tell too many of your friends!  I would hate to see the place spoiled by too many tourists!

Our trip from PSJ took us a little further across the Gulf to St. Andrews.  We sailed about 5 miles offshore in extremely calm waters.  We sailed with the UPS sail due to the low wind speed and very calm conditions.  We had to motor-sail a good part of the way to make progress.  It was a wonderful day in a spectacular setting.  

PSJ Marina

Using our UPS Sail in very light wind