Sailing the Edge of Hurricane Irene in Hobie Adventure Island

Sailing Shell Creek to Punta Gorda On the Winds of Irene Launching In Shell Creek A nearby tropical weather system that is not a threat always causes great sailing weather, and today was no exception. After a morning look at Hurricane … [Read more...]

Caught By Another Thunderstorm

Launching At Ponce Park Afternoon Sail Ends With Thunderstorm It started out so nice! Our plan for the afternoon of August 6, 2011, was to take an evening sail on Charlotte Harbor from 5 pm until about 7, leaving plenty of time to get the boat … [Read more...]

Charlotte Harbor Regatta 2011: Multihull Fleet Racing

Dawdling through swarms of multihull sailboats in a slow catboat Fleets of multihulls in the race starting area Went out with a friend on his Com-Pac Sun Cat to watch Friday's sailing action in the 2011 Charlotte Harbor regatta, and typical of … [Read more...]

Useppa Catboat Rendezvous Regatta 2010: Sailing on Island Time

Herding catboats and relaxing island style Catboats tacking near the starting line buoy. As owners of a Com-Pac Sun Cat catboat, we wanted to participate in the 2010 Useppa Catboat Rendezvous, a biennial gathering of catboats and owners … [Read more...]

Punta Gorda Sailing Club Holiday Regatta 2010

Sailboats start to appear out of the fog near marker 2 just after 10 am SaturdayDay One Saturday started out very foggy. As Pete and I departed the boat ramp at Ponce Park, I could see the channel markers right by the fishing pier, but not the next … [Read more...]

Sunfish Regional Championship Regatta 2010: Charlotte Harbor Sailing Races

Sunfishers ain't right! Sunfish Regionals fleet starting upwind in the distance Driving over to the Laishley Park boat ramp on Saturday morning, I was hoping the ramp would not be crowded due to a fishing tournament, and maybe I could … [Read more...]

Kids Sailing Camp

Future Sailors Gather for Instruction (click to enlarge) Teaching Kids To Sail — A Learning Experience I volunteered to help out at the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center July 2010 Kids Summer Sailing Camp. I am not an experienced Sunfish … [Read more...]

Charlotte Harbor Sailing Regatta 2010: Triumphs & Crashes

Sailing Triumphs and Crashes Albin 322 similar to the Albin 32 we were aboard that day Charlotte Harbor is a great place for sailors! With more than 80 square miles of water, it is large enough to sail in new areas all day, but … [Read more...]

Hibiscus Cup Small Boat Regatta 2010: Charlotte Harbor Sailing Races

Sunfish, Precision 15, and Flying Scot class races Hibiscus Cup Small Sailboat Regatta Fleet There is nothing like the feeling of a small sailboat. Whether you're nursing a little speed out in light air or hanging on for dear life in … [Read more...]

Multi 23 Sport Racing Trimaran Review

The Multi 23 trimaran reaching under mainsail and "screacher" in light winds. A sailboat for families with a serious need for speed In 2009, my friend Don bought his new Multi 23 trimaran. I had heard of the French-designed and Chinese-built … [Read more...]