We're out of here!
19 December 2008 | Stuart, Florida
Hot, sunny- south winds!
A very, very busy day!
A strong northern front (from Canada) is moving south with the result that the traditional easterly trade winds will spin clockwise, and create a unique weather window for sailing east across the Florida Gulf Stream.
We leave tomorrow at high tide (3:30pm) with the sailplan to cruise south to West Palm Beach during the night, and at about midnight turn left and sail 60 nautical miles over to the Bahamas. The sail south should last ~ 8 hours, and then another 12 hours offshore to the islands. If things go well we'll keep sailing until ~ 4pm when we should be able to find some protection from the incoming northern winds.
Louise has been cooking lamb stew all afternoon, with another pot for the clam chowder on the go. At least we'll be eating well during the adventure.
We spent the day stuffing food, etc. onto the boat, rebuilding the electric motors on both toilets c/w joker valves, running the A/C to ensure that it works, filling the water tanks, gas tanks, diesel tanks, spare part bucket, etc.
Tonight we're off to a fabulous dinner at a local restaurant. Louise deserves a night out!
Bye bye Florida..... let the games begin.........