On Our Way Home!
25 February 2012 | Palm Coast, FL
Breezy & Cool
We had an eventful journey of ~ 400 miles to Palm Coast Florida, where we are moored for a couple of weeks in order to visit with family and tour the area. The decision to leave the Keys was hard, but the weather windows were infrequent, so we left with what we thought was a good day on Valentine's Day..unfortunately not 20 miles out in heavy winds we ripped out the mainsail which hampered our speed and options for the next week. We found a sailmaker in Stuart who eventually did the repair, but the weekend loomed..so we went offshore and rode the Gulf Stream all the way north at record speeds of up to 10.6 kts...however we had to hang on as the seas were pretty choppy..imagine if we had full sails! Enjoyed last weekend exploring Stuart, then the ride up the Florida coast has been blessed by seeing many dolphins, birds and odd sights. After arrival here, we did considerable engine maintenance, cleaned the boat and have thoroughly enjoyed real showers, electricity and flushing heads after 8 weeks on a mooring!! Anyway will really enjoy visiting Gainesville tomorrow (home of the world renowned Florida Gators!) and then getting underway back north in about 10 days...only a 1,000 miles to go!!