We got up just before dawn, started the diesel at 5:35am and got underway 15m later. We wanted to watch the sunrise over Grand Bahama Island as we left for the USA 50nm away. As soon as the sun had risen we hoisted sails and left on a port tack for Lake Worth Inlet and Port Palm Beach.
It was a perfect day for a west crossing. With the motor running and full sails, we averaged 5.8k and crossed in 11 hours.
What was it like you ask? Like crossing Eagle Creek on a beautiful day! There were small swells from time to time but mostly it was flat water, and TARDIS maintained a 10 degree heal taking us safely to the other side. The gulf stream is interesting, carrying the boat northward at a 2-3 knot clip. You need to head south of your target to not get carried too far north of your destination. We tried 13 degrees. It turned out it was not quite enough, as when we reached Florida, we had to beat south into the current the final few miles.
But that got us in and anchored well before dark to the land of excess, plenty of big ships and houses.
We were able to clear customs on our cell phone. It only took about 15m which was nice.