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ABLE Sailing - Final Day

It was a good day on the water for the final day of the ABLE Florida sailing trip. The sun came out in the afternoon, and everyone snorkeled. There were schools of fish all around and good visibility of about 15 to 20 feet. Most everyone is ready to get home and see family, friends, pets, and their own home.




Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Monday December 30, 2019 at 10:35PM
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ABLE Sailing - Tough Day for Snorkeling

Our ABLE sailors tried to snorkel at two different reefs today, but the conditions were not conducive. The first location was too rough and there was very limited visibility at the second. Both boats did get to sail and fish outside the reef -- where the big fish live. They managed to catch a bonita that will be on the menu for tonight's dinner. The boats are anchored off of Long Key Bridge tonight and with the weather forecast calling for sunny …

Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Sunday December 29, 2019 at 07:58PM
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ABLE Sailing - On the Ocean in Florida

ABLE sailors took to the ocean today. Both boats came out of the bay and are ocean sailing inside the reef. That means more wind, more waves, and more work for the person at the helm. Here are some beautiful photos showing both the SeaTrek and Bahama Star in action.



Here's a short video taken from the Bahama Star:


Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Saturday December 28, 2019 at 11:30AM
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Hoisting the Sails -- ABLE Florida Sailing 2019

Today, both boats got in some good sailing as they made their way through Biscayne Bay to Pumpkin Key.

The crew of the SeaTrek took turns at the helm.






The crew of the Bahama Star worked on raising the sails -- the white sail is the mainsail and the colorful one is the jibsail.

Looks like a gorgeous day for sailing in sunny Florida!

Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Friday December 27, 2019 at 09:06PM
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ABLE Florida Sailing 2019 Off to a Great Start

DV Students embarked on the annual ABLE sailing trip to Biscayne Bay, Florida yesterday. All arrived safely and settled into their boats. There was a lot of learning today, and so not much time for sailing, but at 4:30 pm, the two boats sailed out of No Name harbor, turned the corner, and dropped anchor for the night. Sam and Maria cooked a nice stir fry for dinner with chicken and a vegetarian option. Sofia brought a menorah and lit the candles…

Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Friday December 27, 2019 at 09:13AM
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ABLE Florida Sailing -- Last Day on the Water

Today was the group's last day on the water. They enjoyed beautiful snorkeling with no wind, no waves, and 20-foot visibility underwater.


Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Sunday January 6, 2019 at 06:37PM
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ABLE Florida Sailing -- Saturday Update

Ken sent the following update on the group's snorkeling adventures on Friday & Saturday. Be sure to look for the underwater photos Ken will share after they return from the trip.



We have had two great days of sailing and snorkeling. The weather has been warm -- one little rain shower on Friday -- and light wind. We have stopped at two reefs each day Friday & Saturday. On Friday, everyone snorkeled at the first reef but few had the energy…

Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 05:57PM
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ABLE Florida Sailing -- Angelfish Creek

The day started with pancakes for breakfast! Then the students plotted a course out of Biscayne Bay and offshore to the reef. A few clouds were present as they made their way out to sea through Angelfish Creek. Check in for more later!

Pancake breakfast:




Planning the way out of Biscayne Bay:


Heading out to sea through Angelfish Creek:



Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Friday January 4, 2019 at 01:43PM
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ABLE Florida Sailing - Boca Chita Key

Great day at Boca Chita Key -- sailing, posing for pictures and investigating sea life. Our adventurers stood on a submerged wall looking at some fish and an octopus, saw a manatee getting a drink of fresh water from a boater's hose, and worked on their sailing skills.

Here they are on the wall:


Here's their new friend the manatee:


And here's Jack at the helm:


Enjoy some other great shots from today's adventures -- thanks Chris and Ken for sending …

Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Thursday January 3, 2019 at 06:46PM
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ABLE Florida Sailing 2019 - First Day

The first day of the ABLE Florida sailing trip is always a long one -- busy, without a lot of time for photos. Everyone got settled on their boats and Jack and Theo took on the challenge of food shopping and did a great job. The boats set sail out of Key Biscayne because the marina in Miami was full. With beautiful weather and a nice breeze they made it to Boca Chita Key. Everyone is safe and well!


Posted by Lisa Howell in ABLE, Florida, Sailing on Thursday January 3, 2019 at 08:56AM
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