When my good friend Oscar Rivero (Riverojewlery.com) asked to accompany him along with another friend of ours Dave, for a sail around Florida, I could not pass it up. He had purchased a home in Port St. Lucie, and had to sail his 26′ Catamaran from the Gulfport Marina to Hutchinson Island where it would be docked. The plan was to sail from Gulfport to Key West, follow the Gulfstream fishing for Sailfish and Mahi Mahi on the way. We set sail from Gulfport 10:30 p.m. only to make it to Edgmont Key by 12:30, and throw anchor for the night. We were off to a bad start; we had an East wind with 4 to 5 feet waves.
The next morning we were plagued with the same bad weather. Figuring we could make better time we decided to take the intercoastal down to Boca Grande for the night to anchor. We were able to catch some Spanish mackerel on the way, which made a good fish soup. The next morning the forecast was calling for 7 to 8 ft waves in Key West. Due to the forecast we were forced to change plans. We would make the crossing through Lake Okeechobee on up to Hutchinson Island.
It ended up being a nice ride along the Caloosahatchee River giving me an opportunity to take a lot of photos for new pieces. The trip had a few bumps rain and tough forecast but it turned out to be a great way to see some of Florida’s landscape in slow motion.