Cruising Information

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The Sailing Area

The Florida sun coast offers an outstanding mix of quiet anchorages and beaches along with all of the modern services and facilities that you can think of. Tampa Bay is centrally located on Florida’s west coast, and is one of the largest protected bays in the country. An exciting chain of barrier islands north and south of Tampa Bay protects the coastline. Picture-postcard white sand beaches stretch along the whole coast. The Gulf of Mexico beckons for long, open water sails along the coast.

Most visitors will sail the beautiful waters during the day and utilize the excellent facilities ashore at night by using the many marinas in the area.

But don’t be fooled by the development that surrounds this area. There are many peaceful anchorages that allow you to slow down and enjoy the natural wonders that Sailing Florida Charter has to offer.

The Marina Location

All the boats are located at the Legendary Renaissance Vinoy Resort in downtown St. Petersburg.
The amenities include heated pool, hot tubs, state of the art fitness center including steam, sauna, and indoor whirlpools, full service day spa and salon, and room service directly to your boat.
The Vinoy hotel is a fine example of 1920's Mediterranean Revival architecture that has earned it a National Register of Historic Places designation. Boasting unparalleled elegance, superb service and grand surroundings. The Vinoy Resort is only 20 minutes from both Tampa International and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International airports.

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The Boat Amenities

The boat will have linens, towels, blankets, pillows, and galley ware. Each boat has a dinghy with outboard engine. A BBQ grill with propane tanks is located on the stern rail of the boat.

The Cruising Ground

Enjoy sailing and exploring bays, rivers, estuaries, barrier islands and the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Secluded anchorages, upscale marinas, parks with nature preserves, hundreds of restaurants and a great diversity of shopping are all part of the Tampa Bay Experience.
A perfect chain of barrier islands protects the coastline and is one of the largest protected bays in the country. Although the area is fairly shallow in nature, it is well documented and full of navigational aids.

The Weather

The sailing season is year round with winds typically being light to moderate and easterly in the morning switching to a westerly sea breeze in the afternoon during the summer.
Winter sailing can be quite variable with southerly winds prior to north-westerly fronts and then several crisp and clear days as the wind clocks north and east before the next front. The area boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year.