DAY 38 ETA MAY 21(still)
15 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
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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