Friday, June 3, 2011


Great Sale Cay, Abacos, Bahamas 26º58.612N | 78º12.954W

The sun showing us the way to Florida.
Today's sail was a long one compared with the last few, 7 hours and 20 minutes from Spanish Cay to Great Sale in good wind. Well, when we turned south around the island the wind did start writing a chore list for us. It kicked way up, and blew the last remaining threads out of the bottom of the jib and broke one of the Dutchman flaking lines while we were reefing the main. That will give us something to do the next few days.

That weather window we've been waiting for is beginning to open. Our plan is to start our 24-hour crossing on Monday when we hope the Gulf Stream will have settled a bit, we have our chores done, and we can listen to another round of weather guessing on the SSB Monday morning.

That same weather has determined our routing as well. We had hoped to ride the Gulf Stream to either Fernandina or Charleston, but there's some sketchy activity south of Hatteras, so Cape Canaveral, here we come.

The sun is setting on Great Sale and the 12 boats anchored here The optimal departure time from Great Sale is midmorning, and Chip and I have a bet on how many neighbors we'll have by noon tomorrow. All or none or somewhere in between? Meet us at high noon to find out.

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