N 25 04.50
W 77 18.77
Left Bimini yesterday just before lunch in light conditions. Nice beam reach to Triangle Rocks then east across the bank. Wind died early in the afternoon and we motored in calm conditions across the bank to the Northwest channel. Went passed the Northwest Channel light just before midnight and continued motored at about 5kts into light headwinds to Nassau. Beautiful clear starry night in good company (Alice Mae, Cay Pariaso and Solas.). Arrived about 0930 and staying one night at Nassau Harbor Club Marina before heading to the Exumas tomorrow.
N 25 43.39′
W 79 17.86′
Got into Bimini after a beautiful overnight sail from Marathon at midday today. Winds were on the beam most of the trip, up to 20kts from the northwest, dying down from midnight to dawn then piping up again at dawn to about 15kts from the west. Apparently you can comfortably cross the gulf stream in breeze with a northerly component we were not expecting it but made the most of it. I think our angle from Marathon made it possible. We the current gave a 1-3 knot boost most of the passage. It was a good trip in the good company of Alice Mae, Solas and Cay Paraiso. Will wait out the next front here before moving onto Nassau.
Cay Paraiso and Solas as we leave Marathon.
Sun setting over the Atlantic.
It was a nice moonlit passage.
Shane retires the US courtesy flag as we leave USA territorial waters.
A yellow “quarantine” flag is flown until we’ve cleared customs.
All cleared in and flying the Bahamian flag.
N 24 42.332′
W 81 5.727′
Heading to the Bahamas mid-afternoon today. Four other boats crossing from Marathon today including Dave and Alice on Alice Mae. Hope to be there well before sunset on Monday.
In Southport, SC with friends Cordelia and Cara. Nov 5, 2013.
Cruiser party in the tiki hut – Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL.
A cool sunset, St. Augustine, FL (I think).
Sunset on the Atlantic, passage from Charleston, SC to Brunswick, GA.
Franklin clowning around (as usual) at Johnny Rocket’s, Miama, FL.
Ruby, Franklin & Darla – beach day at No Name Harbor, Key Biscayne, FL. Dec 23, 2013.
Kids catching some rays – Key Biscayne, FL.
Sunset, Key Biscayne, FL.
The consensus? White Christmas is over rated! December 25, 2013, Key Biscayne, FL.
Sunset in the mooring field, Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL. Jan 15, 2013.
Key West – playground fun.
Franklin enjoys his first “coco frio” (drinking the coconut milk right out from a chilled coconut. Marathon, FL.
Full moon, Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL. Jan 16, 2013.
First manatee sighting of the trip! Titusville, FL.
Manatee – drinking fresh water from a rain gutter spout on a rainy Florida day.