Please Sir, I want some MO!

Please Sir, I want some MO!

Above photo by Dora McGee

MO Cruise, October 16-24, 2020

The MO Cruise, on the St Johns River, originated with two Catalina 22 sailboats, The Mari-Lee, sailed by Vernon Senterfitt, and Outrageous, sailed by John and Anita Kjallberg. Sadly, Vernon passed away. Anita planned the trip for us but at the last minute unable to go. Dora and I have wanted to make this cruise, but time has always gotten the better of us and we haven’t been able to go. This year, due to COVID-19, we weren’t sure we would be able to make it. In spite of the turmoil of 2020 and the increased storm activity in the southeast somehow things worked out and the cruise was on! 

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The Northern Gulf Coast Cruise - 2020

The Northern Gulf Coast Cruise - 2020

An argument could be made that the 2020 Catalina 22 Northern Gulf Coast Cruise never happened. Some of us, however; may disagree.

Every year for nearly a quarter of a century the Catalina 22 Northern Gulf Coast Cruise has been a favorite cruising experience for Catalina 22 sailors. Over the years many of our sailing friends have moved on to other boats but there are still a few of us left that love the C22 and the camaraderie that comes with it.

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20th Annual Northern Gulf Coast Cruise

20th Annual Northern Gulf Coast Cruise

Prologue 

The following conversation takes place on VHF radio, channel 71. 

Ted: “Tango, Tango, Tango . . . Rhapsody in seA.”  No response. 
Ted: “Tango, Tango, Tango . . . Rhapsody in seA.” 
Beattie: “Hello Ted and Dora, where are you?” 
Ted: “Hi, Beattie, we are just passing by your house now on our way to Specter Island.” 
Beattie: “I see you now. Have a safe trip. We will get together at the club when you get back.” 
Ted: “Thanks Beattie. Rhapsody in seA standing by on Channel 71.” 
Beattie: “Tango standing by on Channel 71.” 

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MO Cruise 2013

MO Cruise 2013

Above photo by Dora McGee

Dora and I typically participate in two week-long Catalina 22 cruises a year; the Northern Gulf Coast Cruise hosted by Fleet 77 and a cruise in October that is usually hosted by a member of Fleet 77 or another participant of the Northern Gulf Coast Cruise. Past October cruises have taken us down the Apalachicola River and all along the Florida panhandle from Apalachicola to Ft. Walton, FL. We have also taken our boat and sailed around Charleston, SC with Robert and Bonnie Donehoo.

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Hooligan's Chattahoochee Coup Too

Hooligan's Chattahoochee Coup Too

In November of 2002 eight Catalina 22s set off on an adventure known as Hooligan’s Chattahoochee Coup. Launching our boats in Lake Seminole we motored 106 miles down the Apalachicola River to Apalachicola, Florida, and then sailed west to Ft. Walton Beach. It was an awesome adventure, the kind you might hear about and want to do yourself. Fast forward eight years to October, 2010, and a new adventure called Hooligan’s Chattahoochee Coup Too was about to unfold.

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The Lighthouse on Little St. George Island

The Lighthouse on Little St. George Island

Eight Catalina 22s sailed from Apalachicola on Saturday October 9, 2004. The trip was documented in MainBrace in an article titled “Hooligan’s Apalachicola Eight”. If you read the story you may recall a stopover made by two boats, Rhapsody in seA and Hooligan, at Little St. George Island. It was here that while we spent the day exploring the island Rhapsody broke anchor and followed the wind and current towards Government Cut, a pass that leads to open sea.  Fortunately we had brought our dinghy, RoxseA, and were able to chase and eventually catch Rhapsody, about ½ mile before she entered Government Cut.

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Hooligan’s Apalachicola Eight

Hooligan’s Apalachicola Eight

Two year’s ago (2002) Paul Gallant (Hooligan) put together a trip down the Apalachicola River. The trip, known as Hooligan’s Chattahoochee Coup, started with 8 Catalina 22s on Georgia’s Lake Seminole and wound its way 106 miles down the Apalachicola River to Apalachicola, Florida. From Apalachicola the boats sailed west to Panama City and on to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. You may have read about that trip in MainBrace or Mainsheet.

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Small Boat Big Adventure

Small Boat Big Adventure

A.K.A. Hooligan's Chattahoochee Coup

Fleet 77 is well known for their annual Northern Gulf Coast Cruise, which has attracted C22 sailors from all over the country and Canada. The cruise is approximately one week long and follows the Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Walton Beach, Florida to Wolf Bay, Alabama and back. This year Fleet 77 offered a second weeklong cruise. Paul Gallant, owner and skipper of Hooligan, came up with the idea for this cruise and did the research and planning. It soon became known as Hooligan’s Chattahoochee Coup. Understandably, one may not want to spend an extended cruise or brave an ocean passage on a smaller boat such as a Catalina 22, but adventure awaits the skipper of even the smallest yacht. Hooligan’s Chattahoochee Coup was just such an adventure.

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Great Mate & Ol' Salt

Great Mate & Ol' Salt

Coastal cruising was one of the things Dora and I had in mind when we purchased our Catalina 22, so when Fleet 77 announced a Region 3 cruise we got very excited. I asked Bob Endicott, Cruise Captain, for a recommended list of supplies. We learned Bob and Trish live and sail big on their C22. They provided us with a "cruisers guide" complete with photographic illustrations, menus, GPS waypoints and many other useful tips. We followed their advice and at the end of the cruise we were glad we did.

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