Leaving the Bahamas to head across the Gulfstream requires a lot of preparation. We needed about 30 hours of settled weather. Dan had been following weather forecasts for a couple of weeks to determine when we should take off and was able to see a window. We left Manjack Cay at 7:30 am on Dan’s Birthday, March 10th. The winds were astern most of the trip but we were able to sail a bit overnight. We watched the depth go from 12 feet in the Bahama banks to well over 1000 as we left to head into the Gulfstream. The seas were 2-3 feet and a little bouncy but not a bad crossing at all! Our turquoise waters gradually turned back to dark bluish green as we entered the Ft. Pierce inlet to anchor and check in with Customs. It’s a new process that uses an app on your phone and only took a few minutes. Hurrah! We’re back and legal! We continued a couple hours north and took a mooring in Vero Beach. We thought we had done pretty well with taking turns with watches and sleeping for our 30 hour trip but come 8pm that night, we were in bed and slept like the dead!
Must have been time to go. Our courtesy flag has had it!
Sunset on the crossing
Sunrise in the Gulfstream
Back in the land of plenty – and treats!!
Family, yeahhh!!! Bob Auwood came up from Palm City for lunch. Took a road show to Plant City and had lunch and catch up time with Dan’s sister, Gail and Clint. Caught up with Jeri, Dan’s dad’s wife and her family over in Tampa. Stayed with Linda who does the ultimate friend chore – helps us provision at Walmart (on a Saturday no less). We spent two nights in her beautiful condo eating her delicious home cooking, sleeping on a nice, dry bed and having sinfully long hot showers – no spa could beat it!
We are now back in Vero Beach on the mooring where it’s pouring rain and windy. Hopefully, tomorrow will be the day that we begin the trip north. Dan’s still on his weather sites all the time and now we just have to look at what’s ahead each day for navigation, opening bridges and shallows.
In case you’re wondering, it will take us about 5-6 weeks to hopefully be home around the first week of May. Could you warm it up for us?? ⛵️🇺🇸