This morning, we watched the start of the Regata del Sol al Sol, a yacht race from Tampa Bay to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. There are about 20 boats, ranging from 33- to 68-foot, racing for the beautiful island off Cancun. They had light winds but a beautiful day for the first leg. The boats are tracked at the race website (regatadelsolalsol.org) so we have already checked to see how far they made it that first day. We got a few chores done today so we could get on the water tomorrow. We plan to leave in the morning and go down the Intercoastal Waterway to an anchorage near Pass-A-Grille. We’ll probably get there early enough to dinghy around and see the area. The next morning, we will go out the Pass-A-Grille pass and sail offshore a short run south to the Tampa Bay ship channel. Randall donned his wetsuit today to dive down and scrape the prop. He thought about putting it off until he could jump in some cleaner water. However, we figured we’d be busy enjoying the anchorage and might not get to it tomorrow night. Randall had a lot of company underwater. The fish know that a diver in the water usually means a barnacle buffet is about to start. They congregate just as soon as the scrapping starts. If we could just train fish to properly use a scrapper and cut out the middleman, it would be so perfect.
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