47 hours and around 300 miles later, we land in Florida!!
First 8 hours was crossing bahama bank where the depth can be just 6 feet but averaged 10.. with coral heads around, it was not a spot to relax..
There was a cheer from the crew when we entered the Tongue of the Ocean area where it is over 6000 feet!!! Ya!!!!
Sailing up to Nassau we had our normal shift changes in action. Allie was at the helm when a fairly good sized squall hit us!
It was the most unusual time to happen.. I had just woke up.. made a coffee and sat down beside Allie.
Timbo: “Allie, what would you do if a squall hit right now”
Allie: “Bear off the wind, release the jib and main”
No kidding.. at that precise second her next words were
“Is that a raindrop?”
and BANG… wind went from 15-20 to greater than 35 knots…
Robin came flying up from below, as Allie and Timbo were knockin down the sails..
These squalls only last 5-10 minutes.. but at night a lot of times you don’t see them coming!
Its the kind of thing the first couple times it happens you go “WHOLLY CRAP &%$” and then it’s not a big deal at all.. just part of sailing down here.
Our second night passage was across the Gulf Stream to Florida.. I’ve had many people tell me how crazy it can be.. and have read many stories of people who never really cross it…
They try, but turn around… try again.. and eventually sell their boat…
Well I can’t really chime in on it… I was asleep… Robin sailed her across and woke me up to the buoy’s and high-rises of West Palm Beach!
Sad to say goodbye to the Caribbean, but feels like some type of accomplishment getting to Florida…
OK.. where’s Walmart!!! 🙂
Have a Great Day!
Jessi’s soccer team ended 10 days on the road with the top prize!!
200 miles race starts this morning, sailing on AMBUSH from Port Huron Michigan to Mackinac Island..
Our first nautical job.. Payment in Burgers!!! Love it!
We brought Pauls new sailboat from Port Sanalac to Sarnia…. A nice little sail down the lake..
Couldn’t teach Paul how to tie a double granny knot.. but his daughter (8 years old?) can tie a Bowline BEHIND her back!!!
He best not leave the dock without her!!!