At this moment, Brenda from the ASA’s Education Department is attending the Pine Island Sound flotilla in the turquoise Gulf of Mexico. I just received an email from her titled: Welcome Party at Burnt Store Marina Tiki Hut with fresh local seafood including stone crab claws and shrimp.
ASA flotillas are amazing sun-drenched sailing parties, and I’m counting the days until I take off to blog our ultra-adventurous Bahamas trip in April. The fantastic thing about joining an ASA flotilla is that most of the logistical planning is taken care of for you, and of course pirate parties are complimentary. And for lack of a better metaphor, my mouth is watering over the flotilla fare offered in 2010. Here’s a snapshot of the different flavors:
Super-salty adventure seafaring: April 24-May 1 in the Exuma Islands, Bahamas, this flotilla takes place on traditional wooden 21-foot Sea Pearls. Rustic beach camping, cave swimming, and spearfishing punctuate the palate of this swashbucklers’ paradise.
Fresh-caught wild week: June 18-25 in the San Juan Islands, Washington, this flotilla explores the salmon-rich waters of the Pacific Northwest’s famous archipelago. Bald eagles, Dahl’s porpoises, and wooded island hiking trails characterize the lush natural beauty of this trip.
Sweet and secluded sailing: June 25-July 2 in Canada’s Gulf Islands, this flotilla reaches north from the San Juans into the grand straits of British Columbia. Tucked-away villages, craggy headlands, grazing deer, and abundant bird life encircle the waters you’ll be sailing this week.
Floating cosmopolitan cuisine: September 2-12 in Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands, this flotilla captures warm mediterranean winds in the Adriatic’s sapphire seas. Abundant ancient history, fresh-pressed olive oil, homemade local wine, and some of the best sailing in the world awaits you in this world-class destination.
Sailors’ backyard barbecue: September 10-17 in Clearwater Beach, Florida, this flotilla has all the best features of Gulf of Mexico sailing without international travel hassles. With eco tours, day sails, educational clinics, and pirate parties, this shore-based sailing week will be fun for your whole family.
So what do you crave?