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Day 14

Pensacola, United States

The sail from Destin was long @7 hours. On the way we saw an Osprey Airplane with its front propellers that raise up and allow it to land sort of like a helicopter. We also saw some kind of a Manta ray or spotted ray jump 3 times straight out of the water and spin like a top. It ot some serious air as it propelled out of the water. We had a pod of @25 dolphin surf with the boat for about 20 minutes. They were playful and amazing to watch. The current coming in the jetties was strong. we were doing 8 knots by motor, but SOG (speed over ground was only 4.5. We arrived at Pensacola Beach last night @8 PM. We set anchor and had dinner. We invited Tom and Karen of "SeaEsta", a 40' Noresman Catamaran over for drinks. We met them in Destin Harbor and they are the ones who incouraged us to come to this area. We just finished watching the Blue Angels Air SHow. WOW!!!! It was spectacular!!! There are so many boats here and people in the water. Earlier this AM we went to shore and rented a bubble car to check out the area. Nothing but T-shirt shops and hotels. There is a nightlife on the Boardwalk, we heard music into the early morning. We will spend the night here and work our way to Pensacola Yacht Club in the AM. Its time to clean things up and provision the boat as my son Patrick and Sister-in-law Laura are flying in to help us sail back home.

permalink written by  mhaleyrn on July 10, 2009 from Pensacola, United States
from the travel blog: Sailing The Gulf
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wow I'm soooo jealous...not that I haven't been there. But that was a looooong time ago.

permalink written by  James D. Haley on July 11, 2009

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