Greetings from aboard LYNX here in St. Petersburg, Fl., where the sunshine state’s weather is fulfilling all its promises. The last 10 days or so have been fairly cold and somewhat grey by Floridian standards, so the sun and warmth are particularly welcome. We came across the bay from our berth at the Tampa Convention Center last Thursday, making good time ahead of a light northeasterly breeze and wearing fore, forestays’l, and foretops’l, and main. Now we are tied up to the outside face of the breakwater at the Harborage Marina.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Harborage, it’s a good sized Marina with several hundred slips and a significant live-aboard community. This means that we have set up in what amounts to people’s front yards. still the boaters and marina staff have been very welcoming to us, and quite a few of them turned out for a Thursday evening dinner graciously hosted by Café Boricua and organized for us by Rebecca Knight and Kris Self. It was a great chance to meet some of the locals, and a good introduction to the Café as well, which features the best Puerto Rican cuisine this side of Old San Juan.
The crew and I are enjoying it here quite a bit, though with not very much time off for extra-curriculars. Downtown is an easy few blocks walk from here and is full of great food, museums, and all the rest. I got to spend about 90 minutes at the MFA yesterday; amazing, but nowhere near enough time for the collection there.
Now we’re getting into the rhythm of our new home. sailing trips, deck tours, and ship’s maintenance. Our shipmate Samantha joined us on the 23rd, and is a great addition. She’s sailed in LYNX before, and is proficient in pretty much every aspect of the boat, and we’re being helped by our friend and Clearwater resident Richard, who volunteers with us as much as his day job and family will allow. We were also joined for a few days by our friend Claudia, a tall ship sailor who works closely with the Brig Niagara in Erie, PA, but who is now slowly making her way down to the Caribbean for a few weeks crewing a Norwegian tall ship. Not a bad adventure. Now I’ll be looking for you readers to co-opt some of her traveling spirit and come sail with us yourselves. We’re here, in St. Petersburg for the time being, waiting for you.