Posted by: rminchin | January 17, 2015

Cruising the Florida Keys

2015 started out with us spending some time ashore visiting Ron’s brother and family in Miami and Kathy’s mom, brothers, and friends in the Pensacola area.  It was great catching up and experiencing things that “normal” people do, like driving and staying at a resort.

Leaving the interesting skyline and constant activity of Miami astern, Stormy Petrel sailed beautifully on a beam reach south through Biscayne Bay to the tranquility of Tarpon Basin in Key Largo. Sailing through the sounds of Florida Bay involves crossing shallow banks and transiting narrow cuts through the mangroves. Growing up on Barnegat Bay prepared us well for sailing shallow waters.

While we are enjoying the peace and quiet of our anchorage, we have been taking the opportunity to get some projects completed.  A short bike ride down the Overseas Highway to Divers Direct has us all set for snorkeling with our new wetsuits. This evening we’ll be attending an informal cruisers get together on shore at the county park.

If you’ve been trying to track us on, you may notice that we don’t always show up.  We don’t usually leave the AIS on when we are anchored for more than 1 day. Also, we found a different website,, that may work better if you want to follow us.

From here we will be working our way toward Key West doing some snorkeling along the way. After Key West the plan is to return to the Miami area before heading over to the Bahamas toward the end of February.








  1. Happy New Year Ron and Kathy. Thank you for the update. I always enjoy reading about where you are at and where you plan to go next. it always sounds so idilic, especially when we are here in NJ and the temps are in the low 20’s

  2. Happy New Year! We were in Cape Coral the first week of January! I went fishing with a friend who lives there year round! We hooked 7 Tarpon in one morning and landed 4. I had a 160 lb first and second one was close to 200 lbs Getting to old and out of shape for that much exercise! Nice to hear from you! Enjoy!

  3. Great to know where you are..Bill is following you daily! We had a super day of racing yesterday, 18 boats and 3 races. perfect conditions, everyone was very happy.wind 12 knts. sunny temps mid 60’s! Enjoy each day adn keep taking those great photos.

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