MangoandMe

14 December 2012
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
04 June 2012
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
25 May 2012 | Riviera Beach, Florida
23 May 2012 | Riviera Marina, Riviera Beach FL
23 May 2012 | Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
19 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
18 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
17 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
16 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
15 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
14 May 2012 | En route to Florida
13 May 2012 | Destination:Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
12 May 2012 | Destination:Florida
11 May 2012 | On the way to the Caribbean

DAY 38 ETA MAY 21(still)

15 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
david
This is the third day with consistent winds of 10-15 from the east allowing me to make my 100 miles per day, the distance upon which the ETA is based. Actually, Im doing a little bit better than 100 miles - last three days 106, 120, 120.

On about Thursday the 17th I will reach the 'motoring' point. That is I will be about 300 miles from Florida and from that point I can influence my progress with engine power if I need to speed up or, throw out my trusty warps to slow me down.

There is one element that needs to be taken into account and that is the Gulf Stream. It is like a big river running south to north between the Bahamas and the US coastline. If a north wind blows it blows against that current of 2-5 knots and can make the passage nothing short of dangerous with large waves of short period. If that happens as Im about to enter that river, I will have to wait. Luckily, this time of year a north wind is not expected, generally speaking.

The last time I met such a current was the Agulhas Current that runs down the east african coast - same thing...massive waves, wind against current.

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Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: CONSER 47 Racer/Cruiser Catamaran
Hailing Port: West Palm Beach Florida
Crew: MANGO AND ME
About:
Mango is a smart, funny, sensitive and totally unique wheaton/sheepdog. . He is my partner on this patently undoglike voyage but remains cheerful about the whole affair. [...]
Extra: Shearwater is a 47 foot, very sleek and light catamaran. She is part of a fleet of 11 that were built - its a sister ship of Shearwater that holds the unofficial speed record. 31 knots! Of the this fleet, only one has flipped...so we are on the side of good odds!
Shearwater's Photos - Main
Lesley, Kelly, John, Karol and David successfully transit the canal....a few misc shots
27 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2009

Who: MANGO AND ME
Port: West Palm Beach Florida