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/.

NIMA Pilot Charts


What is NIMA?

National Imagery and Mapping Agency.  This the agency that collects data and creates pilot charts.  Pilot charts are a collection of historic data over time based on months and seasons.  They give the prevailing winds, strengths,  wave heights and much more info.  Year to year pilot charts do not change (much). View the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico pilot charts below.

Pilot Charts

Every ocean sailors friend…  Here are the charts for the North Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

 

 

 

Voyage: Pensacola to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, November 2016


Pensacola, FL to Isla Mujeres, Mexico was Libra’s inaugural offshore run of the 2016/2017 season and what a voyage!  Many of the nine-member crew met Libra (and each other!) for the first time when they boarded on Nov. 19th, but most will say they left the boat with eight new friends they will keep for a very long time.  Libra left Palafox Pier around 11:00 a.m. the morning of Nov. 20th,  preparing to head south toward Isla Mujeres.  The crew enjoyed some brisk winds during the first part of the trip, averaging seven knots the first two days.  The crew motor-sailed the following days when the winds lied down, but the calm conditions allowed for splicing lessons during the day on the deck, soothing crew-wide sunset-watching sessions on deck in the evening and even a Captain-ordered “lights out” one night where all crew were welcomed to sit up at the bow of the boat, tethered in, and lie back in awe of the crisp smattering of stars overhead and neon phosphorescence in the water.

After a couple of nights of intense navigating among the heavy ship traffic near the Yucatan Channel, Libra picked her way safely around the reef north of the island of Isla Mujeres, surfed a legendary “ten foot wave” (it gets bigger each time we tell it!) and docked at the El Milagro Marina Thursday afternoon, Nov. 24th around 2:00 p.m.  Crew member “Deep Sea Devy” then declared the “Offshore Sailing!” was so much fun it was worth celebrating with some “Inshore Drinking!” and celebrations commenced, ending with a home-made, impressive Thanksgiving spread by the staff at the El Milagro Marina for all crew members.  The rest of the night and following colorful days spent in Isla Mujeres eating, drinking, salsa-dancing were a memorable Mexican blur while Libra was cleaned and prepared for her return voyage Isla Mujeres to Pensacola departing Dec. 1st.  While the photos and video will never capture, we share all the same.  Join us next time to Isla in March, 2017!

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