Four years ago, Captain Joe Musike turned a passion for sailing into a business on the east coast of Maryland. Turning his 38-foot sailboat into a public charter, Joe decided in November of 2014 to bring his venture down south part-time to the beautiful Cape Canaveral marina.
In his first season in the Cocoa Beach area, Joe has offered private sailing and excursions for groups of up to six people on the scenic Atlantic Ocean.
My husband Chris and I decided to go out for a romantic sunset sail last Thursday, which I highly recommend! We met Joe at 5 o'clock at the marina and his boat was pristine, comfortable and departed right on time.
On our way out of the Port we got to witness the departure of cruise ships, Dolphins playing and jumping in between tug boats, and wave to the countless restaurant patrons who were enjoying themselves on the decks!
The 15 minute venture out of the Port was worth the trip in and of itself. With so much activity, wildlife and landmarks to see up close and personal, like Jetty Park's Pier and Port Canaveral's brand new Cruise Terminal 1, we felt like tourists in our own town.
Once we turned the bend around Jetty Park, Chris assisted Joe in putting up the sail and off we went. Immediately once we got out into the clear blue Atlantic we saw a full pod of dolphins (at least 12-15 of them) feeding, jumping and flipping out of the water. In the 5 years I have lived on the Space Coast I have never seen so many Dolphins together and so clearly. I've also never seen them come so far out of the water before. It was a beautiful site!
We began heading down towards the iconic and newly revamped Cocoa Beach Pier. On our way, we enjoyed the peace and quiet of the ocean blue, the wind in our hair and the indescribably gorgeous sun beginning to set.
As we approached the Pier we saw more Dolphins racing alongside the boat. We also saw a 2-3 foot shark jump clear out of the water! Don't worry, no Jaws look-a-likes were found on this trip and this particular miniature shark was very far away from shore.
As we made our way back, we lounged on Captain Joe's comfortably cushioned seats, and were treated to the sight of the Blue Angels warming up for this weekend's air show.
Towards the end of the trip, we also indulged in a very generous dessert tray while we got to watch the last of the sun go down. While trays such as this are not necessarily included, guests are more than welcome to bring a cooler on their trip filled with food and beverages.
Captain Joe and Experience Sail are currently a seasonal business on our shore (November-April), so make sure to book your sail today!
The cost for a group is $59 per person for a three hour sail and $295 for a private sail.
Captain Joe also has a fishing license and gear if that's your bag, however, the best experience he can offer you is to simply sail. This relaxing and invigorating experience is more than enough without further bells and whistles.
Whether you want a solo trip or to bring the whole crew together for a day or evening of fun, make sure to visit www.ExperienceSail.com for more information and to book your sail today!