Log of Calypso

03 June 2019
03 May 2019 | Charleston, SC
01 May 2019 | Brunswick, Ga
27 March 2019 | Palm Coast, Fl
11 February 2019 | South of the Tropic of Cancer
26 January 2019 | Red Shanks
12 January 2019 | Georgetown, Great Exuma Island
07 January 2019 | Exuma
30 December 2018 | Black Point Settlement, Exuma
25 December 2018 | Big Majors Spot
21 December 2018 | Nassau, Bahamas
15 December 2018 | No Name Harbor, ICW Mile 1096
01 December 2018 | Anchored in Hope Sound, Fl
23 November 2018 | Vero Beach, Fl
23 November 2018 | Vero Beach
04 November 2018 | Brunswick, Ga
28 October 2018 | Minum Creek, SC
21 October 2018 | MCAS Cherry Point, NC
14 October 2018 | Somewhere Between Deep Creek, Va and South Mills, NC.
07 October 2018 | Jasper, Ga

The Accordion Effect

15 December 2018 | No Name Harbor, ICW Mile 1096
After three days hiding from a cold front in a small basin inside a posh Palm Beach community, it was time to leave.

With wind & seas now from the wrong direction, if we wanted to continue south to Miami, we would need to stay in “The Ditch”.

This section however, is particularly unpleasant due to over 30 bridges, most all with restricted opening schedules. Waiting in front of a closed bridge is challenging.

Standing still or “Station Keeping” at a bridge with strong tidal currents tests nerves, skill, and depth precision. A full keel boat, like Calypso, if caught sideways in a current could get her dangerously close to or even hit the bridge. That would be a BAD Day!

Boats that travel at roughly the same speed will usually group together, dancing in the tide, from bridge to bridge. Once fully opened the bridge tender would give the “All Clear” boats pick up speed and head for the next bridge to do it all over again.

This continual hurry up & wait creates an Accordion Effect as a group of boats get strung out after clearing one bridge, only to compress back together one or two miles later at the next.

All under the carful eye of some of South Florida’s visitors.

Dealing with the extra bridges was worth the trouble. Tomorrow, 16 December 2018, we will cross from Key Biscayne to the Bahamas. Stay tuned, the adventure continues...;)

Fair Winds & Quiet Anchorages,
Jeff & Wendy
Vessel Name: Calypso
Vessel Make/Model: Westsail 32
Hailing Port: Clearwater, Fla
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