Day 8 March 2018

We were up and ready to go at first light. We waited until we could see enough and off we went. Leaving an anchorage is so fast and easy. We caught the sunrise...

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It had rained overnight but the clouds were clearing in pockets. 

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We haven’t seen one of these in a while....

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7:30 swing bridge opening....  From inside because it started raining again.  

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It was a day filled with more bridges....  Swing bridges and ascule bridges. Frankly, it was quite stressful because most of the bridges only opened on the hour and half-hour. Due to the speed restrictions on the waterway, and our slow trawler speed when there weren’t restrictions, twice we missed the planned opening and had to hover at the bridge (with other boats) for 20-30 minutes. Considering the wind and shallow depths this was just awful. You try to keep your boat still in 15 knot winds and current. And in a channel not much wider than our own boat. It ain’t easy !!!

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We ran across a little sailing class going on... so cute!  Their race course was so small scale they must have rounded those marks 8 times.

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At the end of the day the ICW opened up into Sarasota Bay and the wind and waves increased considerably. It was still a comfortable ride, but hard to stand upright! Haha! More than once my glasses almost blew off my face when I went out on deck to prep lines and fenders to come in. 

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Here we are at the end of the day approaching and then gliding in to Longboat Key Club. In here the wind is thankfully waaaay down. It’s a very large Marina. This picture only catches part of it. 

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We’re here for a couple of nights. We could use a rest after all that bridge stuff! 

This is us docked on the inside wall right next to the restaurant and marina office. 

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