Voyage: Isla Mujeres, Mexico to Pensacola, December 2016


BIG FISH ON!  This was definitely Libra’s most exciting voyage for fishermen as we had Big Dave aboard who runs a deep-sea fishing charter out of Orange Beach, Alabama and has a killer instinct on how to hook the big ones and keep them on the line.  The Libra crew caught blackfin tuna, mahi mahi, mackeral and another tuna.  One was so big we had to cut him off the line.  Big Dave guessed around 100 pounds!  What a monster!

It was a very sporty sail across the Gulf departing the colorful Mexican island of Isla Mujeres December 5, 2016 in the morning hours and lighting Libra’s rockets the minute she got out into the Gulf to make a record run across the Gulf, sailing over 600 nautical miles in under three days.  The crew aboard included some return voyagers who found the the trip down from Pensacola to Isla Mujeres on Libra to be so much fun they wanted to hitch a ride back across the Gulf, too.  Thanks to crew members Joe and Kim for hopping back aboard.  It was a fast, windy run, one none of the crew are sure to soon forget.  In the back of their minds, they’ll hear the wind, waves and Big Dave shouting “Fish On!”  Want to reel Libra’s next catch in?  Join us at www.saillibra.com/join-a-sail/.

Voyage: Key West to (the Dry Tortugas) to Pensacola January 2017


Check out Libra!  Docked at her very own remote tropical island:

What an incredible trip this was.  Each time Libra makes a runs from Key West back to Pensacola, we always try to include a stop in the Dry Tortugas, weather permitting, as it is such a pristine, captivating place to explore.  The historic ruins of Fort Jefferson, jewel-toned green waters, excellent snorkeling and diving, not to mention (on this trip) a stop at Libra’s own private island.  Captain Ryan bravely nudged Libra up to this dock with just inches to spare under the hull.

The sail from Key West, departing the afternoon of January 4th on an approximate 24-hour run, was calm and required some motor sailing, and the time was spent acclimating the crew to the navigational equipment aboard the boat and the many systems and sail plans as well as enjoying the sunset and a night under crisp stars.  Libra docked at Fort Jefferson right at sunrise the following morning and allowed the crew most of the morning free time to explore and learn about the interesting designs and uses of the fort over its lifetime and snorkel around the vastly-populated reefs and pilings along the fort’s shore before sailing over to Loggerhead Key for more snorkeling around “Little Africa” reef on the back side of the island.

Libra tossed the lines around sunset and continued her way approximately 200 nm north to Clearwater to pull out of the Gulf while a cold front set to bring north winds of 25-30 mph rolled through the Gulf.  This was when Captain Ryan captured the stunning drone footage of Libra that so many have commented on on our social media pages!

The last 300 nautical miles of the trip, from Clearwater to Pensacola Pass, on the back side of the front in the Gulf, offered some very sport sailing conditions and excellent upwind offshore sail training for the crew.  Libra galloped along at an average speed of 8.1, completing the passage in a record 37 hours.  It was a wet, windy, memorable ride!  Here are some more photos from the sail.  Join us next time at www.saillibra.com/join-a-sail/.