Voyage: Key West to Pensacola, February 2017


Fort Jefferson, what a beautiful place!  Many thanks to our National Park Rangers who help to maintain and preserve the pristine beauty and history of this national monument.  Libra took an adventurous crew of six out of Key West to the Dry Tortugas to spend a warm sunny day walking around Fort Jefferson before shoving off to make the remaining 400 miles north to Pensacola.  With big winds, strangely from the south that time of year, Libra made some great speeds in the southern part of the Gulf, rocketing along at 10+ knots.  The wind died off the last two days of the voyage and the crew spent some very serene, beautiful evenings on the deck of Libra watching the sun dip down below the horizon.  Many of the crew members said their biggest takeaway from this voyage was time spent with Captains Ryan and Randy learning sail tactics, navigation and just, in general, a passion for offshore voyaging.  Ryan and Randy look forward to sharing the same experience with you: www.saillibra.com/join-a-sail/

Voyage: All Women’s Sail Miami to Key West, February 2017


Captain Ryan was probably a little nervous about making this trip.  All women.  Overnight.  Many first-time sailors.  *gulp*  But you know what?  These salty gals were actually some of the heartiest, most engaged and active passengers we have had aboard Libra.  They were all curious about the electronics, navigation, maneuvering ships at night and each gal held a hand-steering shift during the short one-night voyage.  The trip was definitely a success and a great way to introduce women to overnight sailing.  It was also good for many of the women to break from their partners and truly get a feel for sailing and holding the helm of a sailboat on their own.  With Annie Dike from HaveWindWillTravel leading the voyage, the intent was there was no stupid question, only questions not asked.  Let the learning begin!  Libra will probably put together a few more “all womens” sails in the 2017 season.  Be on the lookout!  www.saillibra.com/join-a-sail/

Voyage: Pensacola to the Miami Boat Show, February 2017


Aerial silks underway!  This was our first time attempting this stunt on Libra and we actually caught it via drone footage. What a sight!  Annie with HaveWindWillTravel.com made the voyage with us and was brave enough (or crazy enough!) to climb the silks during our last day on the water while it was calm and glassy out.  That was not the case when Libra left Pensacola.  Strong south winds pushed Libra far to the west, to the point that the crew began spotting many of the oil rigs around Louisiana and Texas during the second day of the voyage.  It was a sporty ride the first two days and several crew members sadly were getting a little green around the gills.  (Seasickness is definitely something that happens on Libra but it is good to learn what your motion tolerance is and what medications help you prevent it.)  The last three days of the voyage offered calmer winds and a chance to hop off the boat and get a refreshing swim in in the Atlantic Ocean!  The crew also enjoyed amazing meals cooked most nights by Phillip from HaveWindWillTravel who loves to play head chef on the boat!  Fresh black fin tuna and Mahi Mahi caught underway made for some exceptional meals on passage.

Voyage: Pensacola to Havana for New Years Eve 2016!


Whew!  What a trip!  As Captain Ryan would say: “We left.  The wind blew.  We got there,” there’s WAY more to it.  This was Libra’s inaugural trip to Cuba in the 2016 season and what a ride.  Unfortunately, the winds were light in the northern part of the Gulf and the crew had to motor the first couple of days.  But, Mother Nature, must have heard their pleas for wind because it really turned on when Libra got down near Tampa, blowing 20-25+ for the remainder of the trip.  While wind is great for making long, fast runs across the Gulf, unfortunately, the one thing it is not good for is making a tight, narrow entrance to Marina Hemingway.  Captain Ryan spent the last 24 hours of the passage readying himself to make this harrowing entrance in 30 knot winds and 10-12 foot seas.  But, this is the type of invaluable offshore training you will get on a sail on Libra.  Join us to Cuba next time in 2017!  www.saillibra.com/join-a-sail/.

Once in Cuba, the crew enjoyed a private tour of historic Havana and got to explore the colorful, dirty streets of the city on foot and dine at many of the authentic local restaurants.  Classic cars are abundant in Cuba and a ride along the majestic Melacon in a classic Corvette many said was the highlight of the trip.  Cuba offers a wide array of culture, history, tragedy and memories and is definitely an unforgettable place to visit.