Beautiful Weather, Wonderful Sanibel Sailing
We've had some wonderful sailing conditions this spring, making for beautiful sailing here in Southwest Florida.
Skipper Bud and I had the pleasure recently of taking a family across San Carlos Bay to Pt. Ybel at the eastern tip of Sanibel Island. Winds were out of the SSW at about 12 knots, which gave us plenty of wind to get our catamaran Old Glory up and moving. At times we saw 4 knots boat speed over the ground...not bad!
Our guests were greeted by a pod of about eight dolphins that swam over to us on the way over to the island. This instantly excited everyone and they had a great vantage point from up on the bow trampoline lounge area. Kids love dolphin watching!
I took this picture from the helm; you can just barely see one of the dolphins off our port side, just beneath the lighthouse:
The Sanibel Island Light tour always makes for some great pictures...even when dolphins aren't around to photobomb!
Being a very popular spot for the powerboater crowd, I took the boat in close enough for our guests to have a good look at the fishing pier on Sanibel Island.
Keeping out of the way of the powerboats who drop their anchors here to fish or just hang out by the Light, we followed the relatively deep (22 feet) channel that flows around the Point and headed for the Sanibel Causeway.
This cruise is the perfect sailing & sightseeing trip for those who just want to relax and enjoy the magic of coastal Sanibel.
We passed Sanibel Marina to port and then did a u-turn once we reached the bridge. The sail back across the bay left us with another hour of cruising, so I pointed the bow of Old Glory toward Fort Myers Beach to give everyone a look at the fishing pier there.
Then it was time to come about again and head for the dock. Once we returned to the marina, our guests bid us farewell and left with smiles and lasting memories.
We invite you to join us aboard our catamaran and enjoy the sailing lifestyle while exploring this treasured coastal paradise we call home.
— Kristoffer, SAIL SWFL Cruises