02/07/07 25.26.987" N: 77.48.300"W
We get an early start for Chubb Cay. We have some northing to do, unfortunately the winds are NE at 10-15 so it is a bit of a beat until we turn for the cut in the reef. After being in 10 feet of water it will be nice to be in 2000+ when we hit the tongue of the ocean. It is just 15 miles from NW Channel light to Chubb. We are on a nice close haul and make great speed, 6-7.5 knts. We ease up the east side of Chubb and anchor up at Little Cock roach Cay.
02/06/07 25.17.116"N: 78.21.757"W
The weather has not been conducive to going anywhere. So I know it is hard to believe but we stay at the marina for four days.
We made some new friends; they are on a Catalina from Calgary, Alberta. Very very nice folks. They are on "S/V Sooo Fine Too", they have been a great help with fenders and lines, as we are on the t-head and getting beat up pretty bad.
The weather man says it may be getting better so a gaggle of us head across the bank. We don't leave until after noon. The conditions are not perfect, but as Sharon on "S/V Allez Cat" says "hell we're sail boats". We are able to sail all night with winds out of the North at 20-25 knts. Seas are 3-4 with some a bit larger.
We anchor short of Northwest Channel light on a shoal northwest of Andros.
The weatherman says it is not really a good time to cross but if we wait for a perfect window we won't make it across the Gulf Stream! So we leave Boca Chita at 0600 hrs. and go out of Cape Florida. The conditions are 4-6 foot seas and winds out of the south at 15-20 knts. We make the crossing in record time for us. We covered the 59 miles in less than 9 hours, under sail alone. The new sails are a pleasure to work with and they produce more power.
We come into Bimini at around 1600, and tie up at Weechs marina. A quick clear in and we are street legal. We are officially on "island time".