18 April 2017
We left Bimini at 6:55 and anchored in Florida at 20:10
What a sail we had! We made 6.5-7.5 knots the whole way. The Gulf Stream was running against us at about 1.5 knots.
The Stream pushed us back 19 miles. So although the distance over the ground was 65 miles we sailed 84 miles through the water.
We had 2-4' waves most of the day with occasional 5 footers.
As if we weren't having enough excitement as we approached US waters we noticed a large US coastguard vessel approaching. Sure enough when they got close they hailed us on VHF. While I answered all of their questions they stayed about 100 yards off our stern quarter with binoculars on us.
I asked if it was ok to anchor for the night because we weren't going to make it to Marathon in day light. The coastguard advised me to do what would be safe for us and the vessel.
We entered Angelfish Creek at low tide with a charted depth of 4'. We approached very slowly and the shallowest depth we saw was 6.0'. We continued through the creek and came out into Biscayne Bay. We anchored behind Pumpkin Cay and had a very quiet night.