Posts Tagged with ‘Gulf Coast’
09 Dec 2012
Summer is gone, Christmas is almost here and 2012 is coming to an end. Can you believe it’s been nearly 6 months since Sundowner has left the dock? After we returned from our big adventure to Orange Beach Alabama in June, Sundowner was prepped for Hurricanes and turned back into a project boat. While I do miss leaving the shore and sailing her to far away lands I know it is all a worth while sacrifice.
The rigging project is going to be lengthy, possibly pushing Sundowner’s sailabili […]
14 Oct 2012
I know everyone is probably looking for more hammers and hacksaws and shiny new rigging parts but I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint you by hauling off and making a post on an unrelated topic. You see, this weekend was a Westsail rendezvous in Kemah TX. Its basically just a gathering of people of that own or have an interest in the Westsail boats. They happen all over the country but this was the first one that has come about near us. Of course we had to attend!
So this week […]
19 Jun 2012
We spent a wonderful few days at the beach house with my family but it was soon time for us to leave again and head out on our journey home. We had to leave on Saturday morning but we didn’t have to run home just yet. The forecast called for very heavy east winds on Saturday so we decided we’d sit tight and start our run home on Sunday instead.
We got to spend some time with Debbie and SJ of Savoir Faire at their home and they recommended anchoring in Ingram’s Bayou. We t […]
13 Jun 2012
We set off a little behind schedule on Saturday morning. Our first big trip on Sundowner. So many firsts ahead. At least the forecast wasn’t too bad. South winds should fill in and then clock around until we had a west wind by Monday or Tuesday.
It didn’t take very long us to find out just how incorrect the multiple forecasts we read before setting out would be. This is us as we left Southshore marina on our way to the north side of the lake. You can see the thunderstorm […]
10 Jun 2012
A quick update from the Sundowners via cell phone (andriod if inquiring minds want to know).
Here we are at anchor near Rabbit Island, a bit past the Rigolets railroad bridge southeast of Slidell, La. We left New Orleans yesterday around 10:30 am and headed northeast.
We raised the Main and the Yankee only to drop the Yankee and the Main after it got stormy as hell with lots of wind. We were heeled over 20 degrees, jibed once but ended up fine. I have to say it was the most “scared̶ […]
09 Jun 2012
Since the weather is looking pretty foul and the Gulfport/Biloxi race was canceled or at one point going to be canceled we have adjusted our plans to try to minimize our exposure.
Leaving later than expected today and anchoring overnight at Rabbit Island just outside the Rigolets.
Sunday we’ll try to make a run along the ICW as far as mobile bay and anchor behind Dauphin Island.
Monday we’ll cross Mobile bay and motor the rest of the way through the ICW to Gulf Shores. Will prob […]