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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:47 pm 
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
....a day sail??

(BTW... Sorry about the apparent mistake. Please don't hurt me administrators!!!)

I will be heading down from Jacksonville later this week and will spend my 3 day weekend sailing in the beautiful Tampa Bay area (provided my job doesn't put a brake on my plans...)

I have recieved several excellent tips fom a few of the locals already, and now I am in the last phase of logistics planning. I just have to narrow down the best possible trips to maximize my precious time off of work. I will be busy on land for the first half of Saturday, but from Friday to Monday morning I am going to try to get in as much sailing as possible on my new (used) AI.

I have a few good choices so far......

1. Ft. DeSoto to Bunces pass/Shell island

2. Shell Point Marina in Ruskin to Little Harbor beach and back

3. Davis Islands to Fantasy Island (??? Not sure where Fantasy Island is)

4. Spend Thursday night in Clearwater, then possibly do Caladesi/ Honeymoon Islands....don't have a route for that one, yet.

Can anyone give me a top 3 or top 5 personal favorite day sail to select from? My aim is a relatively easy day (I have sailed before, but only once on an AI on a day with no wind, otherwise, I'm a relative newbie).....I want to be able to pull up/sail to a few scenic sandbars/islands, and/or be able to stop at a cool watering hole (Tiki bar at Little Harbor brach I'm thinking, but I've never been on the water in Tampa, so I am only going by forum advice and google maps/images).

Is there anything I might be missing, or need to take into consideration (besides the daily monsoon, of course)?

Are there some area with the cheaper motels that I should really avoid? For that matter, does anyone have some hotel/motel recommendations?

Any and all help on this is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

BTW, I wouldn't mind some company if anyone wants to join in.

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