Today we vanquished the nemesis that has been concerning us for a while. The Great Loop is generally in sheltered waters apart from 25 miles near Sandy Hook, 80 miles across Lake Michigan and just now 150 miles of open water known as the bend in the NE corner of the Gulf of Mexico. We broke it down with 50 mile legs to St Marks and Steinhatchee but we still had the 100 mile leg to Tarpon Springs in open Gulf waters. We completed that today taking 8 hours in reasonable conditions but not as good as was predicted in the forecast. We have been monitoring a number of weather websites to ensure we pick a safe time to cross the Gulf. The one below is from Marvs Weather.
We are at the Turtle Cove Marina which is adjacent to the Sponge Docks as Tarpon Springs was settled by Greek sponge divers and it is known as the Sponge Capital of the World. We are now quite close to where we arrived at Tampa Airport but the loop is not complete until we cross our wake in Jacksonville. The rest of our trip will be in the sheltered waters of the Intracoastal Waterway.