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Voyages: Raft-up Florida Coast

Craig McAllaster (Voyager, # 1345) recounts this tale of a raft-up off the Central Florida coast... they had a lot of fun while the rest of us were shoveling snow, didn't they?

On February 21 & 22, 1998, the first informal C34 raft up (that we know about) occured in Central Florida. The two C34s included Voyager #1345 and Genesis #622. The voyage began at Harbor Square Marina on Merritt Island and included a sail down the Indian River to the Eu Galle Causeway bridge (approx. 15.7 miles). Winds were from the East ranging from 8 - 15 knots. A great sail. The raft up, cook out, and evening activities ended around 11:00 p.m. with wake up at 6:45 and preparations to make way before the major storm received on the evening of the 22nd. The return sail was a wonderful downwind experience with winds between 10 to 22 knots. Passed by a Capri race in Cocoa, Florida on the way back and arrived at the dock around 11:30 a.m. We hope to attract other 34s in the area by providing this little voyage and raft up story. Who knows, maybe we generate enough interest for a Fleet.

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