We sailed with Blue Water Sailing School for 6 days in April 2008, taking their A+ course and earning our ASA certification in coastal cruising and bareboat chartering. Now we have sailing certification in both the Canada and the US. We sailed from Fort Lauderdale to the Florida Keys and back –  had a great time!

sailing vessel Passion
We sailed with an instructor and another couple on Passion, a forty foot Beneteau 393.

aft cabins
Passion has three cabins, one in the bow and two aft. Here we are looking at the two aft cabins and the companionway hatch.

sailing vessel Passion
At the dock in Fort Lauderdale. Passion has a roller-furling genoa plus an in-mast furling mainsail.

Miami skyline
Anchored at Virginia Key and looking northwest towards Miami.

sailing vessel Passion
Tied up at Gilbert’s Resort in the Florida Keys.

palm tree
Palm tree in the Florida Keys.

Tiki Bar
Tiki Bar at Gilbert’s Resort.

Tiki Bar
Tiki Bar at Gilbert’s.

Mangroves along Jewfish Creek in the Florida Keys.

This thunderstorm missed us. However one night we had a big blow – winds 50mph gusting to 70! With over 150 feet of rode out our anchor held.

Florida Keys
Cruisin’ in the Keys.

Fire and Rescue boat
Miami-Dade fire and rescue boat on patrol.

Jeff and Lorna
Lots of intense sunshine so we were glad to have the bimini cover! That’s sunscreen in one cupholder and gatorade in the other 🙂

Dinner Key Marina
Tied up at Dinner Key Marina in south Miami.

Dinner Key Marina
Dinner Key Marina

Estate in Key Biscayne.

Key Biscayne is the southernmost of the barrier islands along the Atlantic coast of Florida.

Estate in Key Biscayne.

Miami skyline
Miami skyline.

heading for Miami
Heading for Miami.

Miami skyline.

sailing school
Sailing instruction from Captain C.J.

El Centinela del Rio
Statue at the mouth of the Miami River, “El Centinela del Rio,” which depicts at Tequesta Indian blowing a conch shell carved of alabaster.

Miami condo
Miami condo.

Sailing by the mouth of the Miami River.

Sailing by Miami.

Venetian Way
Waiting for the Venetian Way bridge to open.

House on Biscayne Bay.

Another home on Biscayne Bay.

at the helm
Jeff at the helm.

cruise ship
Cruise ship at Port Everglades.

Queen Elizabeth 2, about to depart Port Everglades on her final voyage before retirement.

Dockwise yacht transport
Yacht Express is capable of carrying 5,000 metric tons; she regularly transports yachts between Florida and the Mediterranean.

Estate on the
Intracoastal Waterway

Water front estate complete with cigarette boat, on the ICW.

Florida canals
Canals in Fort Lauderdale.

Twin 2000hp Caterpillar diesels push super yacht Utopia at 16 knots, with a full range of over 5,000 nautical miles.

Fort Lauderdale.

Utopia is 235 feet long. She has port and starboard tender garages and yes a helicopter can land on her.
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