My husband Mike and I love to visit Key West, and when we’re there, we always take a sunset cruise. This trip we sailed on the Floridays, a gorgeous 60-foot, ketch-rigged Irwin yacht. The two-woman crew — Captain Alexis and First mate Shannon — was a delight: professional, friendly and very laid back.
We met the other four passengers for the evening at the end of the dock at the Hyatt Resort Hotel in downtown Key West and were warmly welcomed aboard by both captain and crew. Then we were off! The wind was strong all week and the night we sailed was no different.
We cruised past Mallory Square, which is the fun place to be (on land) at sunset and out into the ocean.
The ketch zipped along smoothly. For a while all I heard was the slap of the water and soft conversation from the six of us who had booked the evening sail. With wine (for me) and beer (for Mike) in hand, we sat back and enjoyed the motion of the ocean and the view of the horizon.
Alexis has captained the Floridays for 10 years; she graciously answered the many questions we tossed at her. Shannon, our crew, hoisted the sails and kept the rigging in line; and all the while she chatted and kept us supplied with our drinks of choice.
Would you like to know the magical things about sailing on the Floridays? The number of on-board guests is very small! The capable crew is delightful. The cost is lower than other sunset sails on comparable (well, not really; this is the nicest yacht we’ve sailed) vessels. Mike and I will return to sail on the Floridays next year.
P.S. It was the first time Mike and I sailed Key West at sunset that he wasn’t “invited” to help hoist the sails. And for that? He thanks Alexis and Shannon from the bottom of his heart.