** If you haven’t heard the previous episode(s), I strongly urge you to start with Episode 1 of this series, featuring Captain Bob Bitchin of Latitudes & Attitudes. CLICK HERE to hear the first episode. **

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Ep. 51: DINGHY Awards™ Nominations Show
Jan 10th 2024

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Show Notes

There are those times when persistence becomes…stubbornness. This episode highlights one of those times. Maybe two of those times, really. But they both happened the same day, so don’t bust my hump, okay? I don’t want to spoil the podcast, so you’ll have to listen to find out. But here are some of the images and notes from the day’s events.

North From Marco Island

This is more or less where I anchored after the 15-hour motorsail north from Marathon. Not a lot of protection. Also, as I alluded to in Episode 6, I may or may not have run aground here twice before, trying to get as close to shore as possible.
**NOT Navigational advice!**
After a bouncy night (or what was left of it after 3 am), I grabbed some sound effects outside and in the cabin, then headed north toward Fort Myers Beach and Moss Marina.
Off Marco Island. 9:51 a.m. Three days before Episode 1 is supposed to come out.
Out of the blue, an Upwork client called me about their website, so I whipped out the laptop and started to work underway.
By the time I approached San Carlos Bay, it was getting pretty breezy… (NOTE: If you want to follow me on Instagram, please use my new handle, @HowNotToSail… I don’t check this other one too often.)
Here’s Jacie Sails in the slip at Moss Marina. Bow in. 😉 You can see by Ol’ Roger that we have a fair breeze. …and here’s a view of the Matanzas Bridge from Ugly’s in Fort Myers Beach. Moss Marina is just off the left side.

Over to you, #HowNotToSailer…!

When was the last time you noticed “persistence” turning into stubbornness? Will ya share in the comments below? Sharing is good for the soul. 😀

Help Bob and Jody Rebuild

Bob Bitchin is the publisher of Latitudes & Attitudes, the magazine largely responsible for my “cruising problem.” As reported in the podcast (and as you may already know), Bob and his wife Jody lost pretty much everything in the “Bear” fire in California. (Ironically, one of the few things left was the statue of a bear in front of what used to be their home.) If you’d like to donate to the GoFundMe campaign to help Bob and Jody rebuild the Bitchin Ranch, CLICK HERE. (The shortlink is HowNotToSail.com/HelpBob, in case ya wanna tell a friend.)

Thank You, Patreon Patrons!

Thanks to our newest Patreon patrons! You are providing the ammo, as it were, for me to spend more time on the podcast and less time on “making the doughnuts.” That’s a pretty tortured metaphor. But anyway, listen to this episode for a shout out to the poor souls we’ve most recently shanghaied. 🙂   Are you listening to the podcast on Spotify or Pandora? Let me know in the comments below!
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Bradford Rogers
Producer. Performer. Sailor. Multimedia Ninja. Author of How Not To Sail, host of the How Not To Sail podcast and YouTube channel.


      • We just purchased a home on a canal in Punta Gorda and will move Bond’s Voyage (the blue) there soon. Hope to see you around!

        • Oh, that’s awesome! Keep me posted. We go into Charlotte Harbor often (usually to/from Cabbage Key), but haven’t been up the harbor to Punta Gorda yet… We were actually looking at that as one of our potential New Years cruise options. (Or Dry Tortugas… 😉 )


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