Final Stretch - Day 1 Update
24 June 2010 | On course toward St. Augustine and gulf stream
Safaritu (Shore Crew)/Clear, light winds
We had a good first 24 hours - we sailed 127 miles in light winds and moderate seas. So far good weather, clear skies and a nice moon to light the way for most of last night. For dinner last night, we had Jen's fresh conch fritters, courtesy of the giant conch that Amelia and Grant found in the Bahamas before we left.
Winds continued to lighten today, and the seas calmed down, so for the first time in a year we took our spinnaker out of the locker and are sailing very nicely with it now! Many thanks to Grant for his help getting the sail up - he's become somewhat of a sail expert at his job in Annapolis.
We think we spotted a big Mahi Mahi alongside the boat, but alas no nibbles on the fishing lines.
Our weather forecaster suggested that we head towards Florida to take full advantage of the 2-3 knot Gulf Stream current since the winds are expected to be very light for the next few days along the rhumbline to Newport. So right now we are pointed at a spot about 100 miles due east of St Augustine.
We'll update again tomorrow...
Scott, Jen, Amelia & Grant
At 1505 Thurs 24 June
SOG 5.0 knts