Cruising Report from 2015 Corsair Nationals

Yesterday the Fun Fleet headed west on their interstate cruise from Florida to Alabama to experience the unique ambience at Pirates Cove. The sun even tried to peek out from behind the clouds a few times. But the rain is long gone. They were treated to an aerobatic display from the Blue Angels who are based here at the Naval Airstation and were in the air over Pensacola Bay practicing.

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Today after a late breakfast the fleet will make their way east again to Fort McCree at the mouth of the Pensacola Pass, or should I say the ruins of Fort McCree. There are three old forts in the area: Fort McCree, Fort Pickens (the site of the shameful imprisonment of Geronimo) and Fort Barrancas. I believe at one point all three forts were shelling each other. Its a lot quiter here these days thankfully.
Later today The Fun Fleet will be joined by the Racers for a beach barbecue at Fort McCree. I am looking forward to that as I have not been there since my wife and I spent the night there on our 28R about 13 years ago.
The racing starts tomorrow, and I am excited to be joining Bob Gleason and Ira Heller on the Corsair Cruze 970. I've owned three F-31s, but the 970 looks and feels quite a lot bigger. The first race is a distance race east about 20 miles to Navarre. From the weather forecast it is shaling up to be a screacher reach drag race, which I always enjoy and will give us time to learn the ropes before the round the buoys races start. I have lent my Sprint to Randy Smyth for the regatta as his own boat is being repainted and what with all the rain we've had of late, it was not finished in time. It will probably go faster without me anyway. We will be spending the night on the boat at Juana's in Navarre so the 970's more comfortable interior will
be much appreciated. (Sorry about that Randy!).

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