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The first stop on our February cruise was at Marina Jack in Sarasota where Cookin’ (Brent & Susan Cook), Karine (Bob & Sandy LaMontagne), O Sea D (Vern & Ann Graham), Little Suzy (George & Suzy Koprash) and Aurevoir Y’all (Mike & Jeanette Hale) docked for our annual four–night visit to this great marina.

While they were only able to stay with us for a couple of days, it was fantastic to have time with our newest members, George and Suzy and Mike and Jeanette. I guess we didn’t scare them off because they are both joining us again on our March cruise.

Our next stop was at the St. Pete Municipal Marina in St. Petersburg for Cookin’, Karine and O Sea D. We always enjoy this stop because it is right in downtown St. Pete and almost everything is within walking distance.

After three nights in St. Pete we waved goodbye to Vern and Ann as they headed back to Marco so Vern could catch a flight out of town. Cooks and LaMontagnes enjoyed a great dinner and a stop at Kilwins on the final night in St. Pete.

On Wednesday, February 22nd, Cookin’ and Karine left St. Pete for our final stop at the Crow’s Nest in Venice. We headed out of Tampa Bay into the Gulf for the 50 mile run to Venice in nice seas at about 26 kts.

A stop in Venice is not complete without dinner at The Crow’s Nest and lunch at The Soda Shoppe and we did both during these final two days of the cruise. On Friday the two of us headed back to Marco in nearly flat seas for a great end to a wonderful 10-day cruise.

Our next cruise is March 13 th to ‘Tween Waters in Captiva and Boca Grande for 9 boaters, including all 3 of our newest extended cruise members.