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REDFISH POINT July 24, 2008

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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What a difference a week makes. Pensacola generally goes through a rainy period from mid June till Mid July. Then it gets serious about getting hot. Our rainy period may be over. This weekend was almost cloudless both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday there were some thunderheads south in the Gulf, but they traveled East. For us it was cloudless with a 10 to 15 knot sea breeze. It does not get any better then that. Temps were low 90’s with it cooling off to low to mid 70’s at night.

Sunday morning I launched the dingy and went for a dip in the Gulf. This has to be considered the “Year of the Jellyfish” Since Memorial Day, there have been many jellyfish. The numbers seem to be getting less, but you only need to be stung once to quell you desire to go swimming. Walking along the Gulf, I only saw a couple and therefore took a quick dip. In Grand Lagoon, there were many more but they seem to be drifting in packs. That allowed one to walk along the deck and check for jellyfish and if none were around have a good chance to get in a quick swim. The water temp is where even someone like me who does not like cold water can wade right in with out slowing down to get use to the temp.

The sail home was wonderful with 10 to 12 knot winds. Another beautiful day in paradise. We have noticed that there are noticeably fewer powerboats around. In fact, this weekend there were fewer of all types of boats. Could it be the economy, the jellyfish or 95 degree weather?

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