We departed the Pass Christian Municipal Harbor at 1300 UTC with tremendous excitement and anticipation, making our way into the Mississippi Sound. Once we passed through the Gulfport Shipping Channel, we began sailing with the winds coming out of the east at 15 knots.
After making two tacks, we realized that our eastward movement was minimal. So, with a short-term forecast calling for "spirited" winds in Panama City Beach, we began motoring into the Gulf of Mexico in hopes of beating the high-pressure system that was about to settle in along the northern Gulf of Mexico, to St. Andrew Bay.
As the sun was about to set, we found ourselves with fish on our two trolling lines. After about a twenty-minute fight, we landed this one on deck. Once the brief photoshoot was complete, we returned this magnificent creature to the water to where it once came.
Later we took a moment to relax on the Aft Deck and discuss our Watch Schedule for the night ahead. Paolo’s first overnight sailing experience was about to happen.