Leaving Nassau for Florida
23 March 2012
MARCH 23-24, 2012
“Living Well” and “Gratitude” left Nassau at 8:00 this morning after showers and a quick trip to Starbucks (for breakfast rolls for traveling). This is one of those LONG DAYS we don’t enjoy, but must endure occasionally. Takes 30 hours to reach Miami from Nassau traveling at 6 knots. We actually did better than that and traveled at about 7.2 kts. We rounded the unlit light at North Pass still in daylight about 4:30 pm then on to the Bahama Banks, past North Rock (just North of Bimini) around Midnight, then on to the U.S. We entered between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and turned South when we were out of the Gulf Stream. “Gratitude” turned North to Ft. Lauderdale to go dinghy shopping. We arrived at Dinner Key Marina in Biscayne Bay at Coconut Grove about 2:00pm on Saturday. Secured the boat to a mooring ball, checked in, walked to a bank, then to Monty’s for dinner, then trip to Fresh Market and back to the boat and collapsed for the rest of the night about 6:00. ( a 36 hour day).
NOTE: We had just reached American water when our phone rang and it was our friend Bruce Moreman from Indy calling to talk. He has better tracking skills than the U.S. Coast Guard…we were still wet foot.