Yep, been there, done that, even have the T-shirt to prove
In 2014 I and LRock were coming in on his Nacra 20, blew jib right in the channel, got blown off the channel while sorting things out. Next two hours I was dragging the boat through the mud field…
My wife and I are back after a 5 year hiatus. Both kids are in college so we can make it again. 1973 Tanzer 16 "Overnighter". Got it for $200 basically abandoned. Rebuilt the cockpit floor. Made new knees for the shrouds. Added a carbon bow prod for an asymmetrical. No, those aren't the sails we will use. All new sail inventory by Vermont Sailing Partners. Bigger jib, roached main. Updated all systems. Yes there are two bunks in that bow. Nice mattresses have been bought. Could be pretty plush.
The mangroves in Gasparilla Sound and Charlotte Harbor look a bit rough too.
Looking at forecasts and it's supposed to be blowing 20 from the S here next Friday, so we can be pretty sure that won't happen but something like it will. Doing that on Thursday would be something like it. Or Saturday...
Looking beyond Saturday, this could be a year when human propulsion becomes important. That and shade. Those who come down either side of Pine Island should prepare for hot and glassy. Oh, and stinky due to red tide.
I don't recall red tide ever being a factor in the EC before. If it's bad it will force some out of the race.