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I am so excited. After a long 58 year break, the St Petersburg Yacht Club Habana Sailing Race has been re-instated this year. The fleet of boats left the St Petersburg harbor this morning at 10am and will sail 284 nautical miles to arrive at the Hemingway Marina in Havana on Thursday, March 2nd. On Saturday there will a Nautical Parade & the Torreon de la Chorrera Regatta to Morro Castle.
The Micara, a Cuban boat with all Cuban sailors, is among the 81 yachts & 550 sailors.
In 1929 George S. Gandy, Jr., a well known yachtsman and son of the builder of the first bridge across Tampa Bay, sailed his 36′ ketch Cynosure to Havana. There he met with Commodore Rafael Posso of the Habana Yacht Club and the St. Petersburg-Habana yacht race was born.
The first race started off The Pier in St. Petersburg March 30, 1930 and finished at Morro Castle at the Habana harbor entrance. Eleven boats participated and was won by the schooner Haligonian owned by Houston Wall of Tampa. The race was sailed over the same route from 1930 through 1959 with the exception of three years of World War II, when the race was cancelled, and 1958 when political conditions in Cuba required the fleet to go to Miami. The last race in 1959 race had 37 yachts participating.
Glad to see it back! Wishing you smooth sailing.
The name of this small town, located on the west coastal of central Florida comes from Dùn Èideann, which is the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh-the capital of Scotland.
Dunedin is one of the few towns or cities that still has open waterfront views to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Its beaches, including Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island, and Caladesi Island State Park, are consistently rated among the best beaches in the world. Dunedin is located between Clearwater, the Gulf of Mexico and by Palm Harbor. And yet it is close to Tampa, St Petersburg and Tampa International Airport. A very nice location. Small town feel with worldly connections.
In the 1800’s Scottish families originally settled in the area. In 1852 two Scotsmen by the names of J.O. Douglas and James Sumerville, called the area Dunedin after their hometown in Scotland-Edinburgh. Once upon a time Dunedin was one of Florida’s main ports with the largest fleet of sailing ships in the state.
Once a year, usually in April, the Dunedin Highland Games are held with competitions including caber tossing, sheep herding, stone throwing & pipe and drum bands. There is also the DUNEDIN CELTIC MUSIC & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, usually held in November.
Dunedin has been the training site for every Blue Jays Spring Training season for the last 40 YEARS. This makes Toronto the only major league franchise to have remained in the same location for all of its spring training.
If you want to know about Dunedin, Florida, you might want to watch this short video produced by St Pete-Clearwater. It is a great overview of city of Dunedin, the Pinellas Trail, Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island State Park.
Here are International Living’s picks for the top five places to escape to if politics is getting you down.
Mexico is the only place in the world where U.S. citizens can enjoy an affordable overseas retirement, live right on the beach at affordable prices, yet remain within minutes of the U.S. by car.
Plus, right now with the current exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the deflated peso, Mexico is a huge bargain.
With its moon-lit fiestas, languid white-sand beaches, ancient colonial towns set in the rugged Sierras, and Mayan pyramids rising from the misty Yucatan jungle, it’s no wonder so many people are starting new lives in Mexico.
With rapidly rising fuel, healthcare, food, and travel costs back home, it’s nice to know that there are still places where it’s possible to live well without burning through retirement savings. Mexico is one such place.
Tropical beaches, First-World infrastructure, high-quality healthcare, welcoming people…there are many things to love about Panama.
Retirees are drawn here by the Pensionado program, one of the best retiree benefits programs in the world. Younger adults…some with children in tow…are moving here in increasing numbers to take advantage of the ease of doing business and the hip, international vibe.
For many, the low cost of living is a major factor in choosing Panama, as is the fact that Panama uses the U.S. dollar. Expats living here have seen their costs drop substantially.
3. Costa Rica
Costa Rica…the name alone conjures up visions of lush tropical rain forests and crashing surf on long stretches of white-sand beaches.
Costa Rica inspires these visions for two reasons. Number one, they’re true. Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse and beautiful spots on earth, with Pacific and Atlantic coastlines that are the stuff of legend.
The second reason that the idea of Costa Rica can instantly create pictures of tropical splendor is that it has been one of the most popular destinations for expats and second-home owners for decades.
One place that has been very popular over the years is Costa Rica’s Central Valley…a spot that cradles the country’s thriving capital of San José yet also offers rustic and rural pleasure in abundance, as well as a mild, spring-like climate year-round. The Arenal region, with its centerpiece 33-square-mile lake, is also increasingly popular. It is three hours northwest of San José…a region of farmland, pasture, virgin forest, and unspoiled lake views.
Ecuador really does have everything…from the Galapagos Islands to the Amazon basin and the Andes Mountains, from big, modern cities to small, quaint villages. And up until now, one particular area of Ecuador has been overlooked–and that’s its 937 miles of Pacific coastline and its beautiful mainland beaches.
Ecuador draws a wide range of foreigners: entrepreneurs, travelers, humanitarian workers, foreign officials, diplomats, business people of all stripes, and retirees looking to stretch their budget and experience a different way of life. Many expats are attracted by the country’s less-intrusive government and the tranquility of being removed from the terrorist and antiterrorist campaigns that make headlines in other parts of the world.
Generally speaking, the expats who have settled in Ecuador are those who tend to blend into society rather than live together in expat-oriented communities. Nonetheless, a bit of time in any town of significant size in Ecuador is all it takes to find the gringo haunts and watering holes.
Colombia is no longer just a place for adventurers, speculators and risk-takers. It’s a country that’s hitting its full stride as an expat destination this year as the numbers of expat couples, younger people with portable careers, and single men and women who’ve found the ideal place to live or retire increase. And many of the preconceptions about Colombia being dangerous are at least a decade out of date.
Located at the northern tip of South America, Colombia is where the Pacific and the Caribbean collide with the Andes and the Amazon. It’s a country that is more beautiful, dramatic, and diverse than nearly any other. It offers sparkling colonial cities and world-famous resorts along the Caribbean.
Just three hours from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Colombia welcomes nonstop flights into Bogotá, Medellin, Armenia, Barranquilla, and Cali.
In cities and towns in Colombia, expats find a perfect climate that’s neither too hot nor too cool (60 F to 80 F all year); amazing natural surroundings; plenty of cultural events; history-filled cities; superb healthcare; friendly people; and a welcoming country…all with a fantastically low cost of living–figure $1,500 a month for a couple, all in.
Okay, you just can’t make this stuff up. I have always wanted to live in a waterfront home but this is not what I had in mind!! I am standing in ankle deep water in my driveway when I see Nemo and buddies paddling up my street. Are they looking for Dory and 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, Australia like in the Disney movie? Paddle up to the stop sign and take a right to Tampa Bay and just keep swimming.
So, now it’s pouring again with wind gusts up to 50 mph. I really NEED low tide or for the winds to change directions so the water will recede SOON. Apparently, to add to the 2 days of rain & high winds, we are experiencing astronomically high tides. Is it because Jupiter has aligned with Mars and Saturn? High tide in St Pete was at 2:44pm and low tide is at 10:30 pm. I have never seen the water come into my driveway or yard before. Please, please, please, who will stop the rain from coming into my garage? As Blonde sort of sang, The tide is high & I want to save my house. Six feet until it reaches my garage & all the oodles of precious items stored within. Yikes!! I wish all my neighbors & friends in the Tampa Bay area good luck. Keeping my fingers crossed & my warped sense of humor in tact. Let’s hope that’s all that warps! If not, perhaps “Coming soon waterfront 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a pool”. Time to check the water level & to see how many frogs are camped out on my front porch now.
One of my favorite holiday things to do is to watch the lighted boat parades. When I lived in Annapolis, Maryland we usually needed to bundle up in heavy coats, scarves, gloves & hats and we NEEDED hot chocolate or hot toddies to keep our insides warm. We would also grill a favorite Chesapeake Bay treat- oysters on the half shell. It would take hours for us to thaw out afterwards but, oh, it was so worth it. I have to admit, however, that it didn’t take me long to adapt to the warmer viewing weather here in St Petersburg, Florida. It is very nice to be able to wear my holiday flip-flops while watching the boats parade by. The light displays can be a bit different here-Santa in hammock under 2 palm trees, flamingoes pulling Santa’s sleigh, palm trees instead of the traditional pine trees and Santa in a Hawaiian shirt & sunglasses. You get the idea. There are still some of the traditional light displays like angels blowing trumpets, three wise men and Rudolph. I absolutely love how creative and beautiful the boats look.
Here are some of the boat parades being held here in the St Petersburg, Florida area this December. Please check each the website for each community for the parade routes & any changes.
And don’t forget the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show is this weekend. The 38th Annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, is set to sail into the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Fla., from Thursday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. The show will feature an impressive selection of power boats and sailboats in water and on land, including a 40,000-square-foot clearspan tent housing all types of marine gear. www.showmanagement.com
St. Pete Beach Boat Parade is on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:00pm. The boat parade starts at 6 p.m. at the Blind Pass Bridge and heads south to the Bayway Bridge.
Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting-Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:00pm. Decorated boats will travel south down the Intracoastal Waterway to the Dunedin Marina. Santa arrives on the last boat to light the city’s large Christmas tree in Edgewater Park.
Gulfport Lighted Christmas Boat Parade-Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 6:00pm. Members of the Boca Ciega Yacht Club decorate their sail and power boats for this 30th annual holiday water parade. Best viewing spots include: Osgood Point, Gulfport Municipal Marina, Williams Pier, along Gulfport Beach, Town Shores, Pelican Bay, Kipps Colony, Pasadena Yacht and Country Club and Isla del Sol.
St. Pete Illuminated Boat Parade-Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 6:00pm. Twinkling boats of all makes and sizes parade along the downtown waterfront area. Plenty of viewing spaces are available along the Vinoy Basin sea wall, at Demens Landing and on the Pier approach.
Island Estates Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade,Clearwater-Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 6:30pm. For the 41st year, decorated boats assemble in Mandalay Channel and head to Coachman Park, under the Memorial Causeway Bridge and to the Clearwater Yacht Club’s judging stand. Prizes awarded for best decorated boats.
Madeira Beach Holiday Boat Parade-Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 6:30pm. Gates open at 4 p.m. with family-friendly activities. Bring something to sit on and enjoy live music before decorated boats leave John’s Pass at 6:30 p.m.and pass through the Intracoastal Waterway and canals before ending at the park. Fireworks light up the sky after the boat parade, about 10 p.m.
Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade-Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 6:00pm. More than 40 decorated boats participate in this annual “Las Vegas on Water” themed parade. Starts at The Club, goes through the Treasure Island Bridge into Boca Ciega Bay and follows the coast line to end at John’s Pass.
Redington Beach-Indian Shores Lighted Boat Parade-Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 6:00pm. This year’s parade starts on the north side of the Tom Stuart Causeway and ends at the Pub restaurant for an awards ceremony and party.
The Luxury Living and Lifestyle Expo is being held downtown St Petersburg, Florida on February 21-22, 2015 from 10am-5pm . Located at South Straub Park across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts and the St Pete Yacht Club, this expo will have experts and specialists in various fields displaying the “finer things in life.”
“The Luxury Living and Lifestyle Expo is a unique event that will offer a tapestry of products and services for those who hold luxury living not merely as an abstract concept, rather as a fundamental reality of life. Against the backdrop of downtown St Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront, you will have the opportunity to submerge yourself in the luxurious world of yachts, airplanes, luxury automobiles and collectables. For those with a palette for the cutting edge of the arts, will be showcased the finest selection of classic and contemporary art, fashion and design, jewelry, wines, cigars, watches, and home decor. The event will encompass all this – and so much more.” (quoted from the luxlivingexpo.com website)
You will find ideas, products and services to enrich your living and lifestyle. Sponsored by Dimmitt Automotive Group, Rolls Royce and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.
South Straub Park is located on Beach Drive, downtown St Petersburg, with 7.3 acres right on the waterfront. Downtown St Pete has galleries, museums, including The Dali & Chihuly, restaurants, music venues, brew pubs, shops, marinas, a yacht club, an airport, sports and over 100 parks including dog parks and much more.
This ship will be docked at the Harborage Marina at Bayboro, 1110 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, Florida, for public tours and hands-on sails. The ship, however, is not wheelchair accessible. Various dates & times between Feb 8th & March 14th, 2014 with prices of tours $10 for adults with 12 and younger free and $65 for adults & $35 ages 4-12 for sails. Please call for details and confirmation of prices 1-866-446-5969.
The crew of the Lynx wears authentic early 1800’s maritime clothing. The ship was built to near-exact specifications of the original fast Baltimore schooner design.
The original Lynx was built at Fell’s Point in Baltimore, Maryland during the beginning of the War of 1812 for James Williams, Amos Williams, and Levi Hollingsworth by shipbuilder Thomas Kemp for about $9000-$10,000. Kemp designed ships that were among the first to move away from the traditional European designs and that were better suited for the American waters. She was very fast and easier to maneuver which helped tremendously in outrunning the tradition British ships. Lynx was actually commissioned on July 14, 1812 within one month of war being declared. The ship was larger than most others at the time with a crew of 40 men and six 12-pounder long guns.
I think that it is interesting that he Lynx trained the cast and crew of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It has won awards for maritime and historic instructional-educational programs for students through the nonprofit Lynx Educational Foundation.