Successful Crossing to West End
20 March 2015 | Ft Pierce, FL
Our Friday began very early, getting up before 6. After breakfast Robert and Mark hauled the anchor and we were in the channel by 7. Lots of traffic as we headed to the very flat Atlantic ocean. Hoisted the main and jib but the winds were too light. Then we motored for most of the way. We eventually hoisted the spinnaker and we saw speeds over 8 knots. Then we got to the way point and the seas got very lumpy but we were unable to sail. Spent some time sunning on the fore deck. Baked some seafood for lunch. It was breezy as we ate in the cockpit. At one point a little green bird landed on our boat. We tried to give it some fresh water, but it eventually headed on its way. We saw a lot of flying fish. Sometimes they were in schools of a dozen or so, scared off by the noise of our engines. Landed at the Old Bahama Bay Marina by 6 pm, and tied up to the fuel dock. The customs guy had us fill out several forms. Mark and Robert checked us in and paid the $320 yearly cruising fee. We decided to stay overnight at the marina as we were all tired from the long day on the water. No issues crossing the Gulf Stream. It was a totally blue sky and the seas were very azure blue in color.