Whisper Sailing

Bill and Judy's adventures continue..........

25 February 2018 | Exumas, Bahamas
21 November 2017 | George Town, Exuma
24 April 2017 | Bahamas
03 April 2017 | Thompson Bay
31 March 2017 | Great Exuma
28 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina
17 February 2017 | Palm Cay Marina, Nassau, Bahamas
27 January 2017 | Little Farmers Cay, Exemas
14 January 2017 | Exuma Bahamas
26 December 2016 | Spanish Wells, Bahamas
19 December 2016 | Devils Cay, Berry Islands
19 December 2016 | Addison NASA Bridge
19 December 2016 | Cave Cay to Spence Rock
04 December 2016 | Abacos Bahamas
12 November 2016 | Jacksonville Beach FL
05 May 2016 | Darien, GA
23 April 2016 | Gulf Stream
22 April 2016 | Northern Abaco
10 April 2016 | Abaco
31 March 2016 | Exuma, Eleuthra, Abaco

Crossing the Stream II

23 April 2016 | Gulf Stream
To review, the Gulf Stream flows southwest to northeast with a current of around three knots. Wind contrary to current can create nasty, step waves and a very uncomfortable, if not dangerous, passage. So all cruisers listen to the weather gurus for a favorable weather pattern of at least two days.

So we thought we had our window...10-15 knots east going southeast, 4-6 foot waves.. Before getting to the Stream we had 50 miles of Little Bahamas Banks to cross with the advantage of shallow water (15 -20 ft) so the waves couldn't build. Then we'd have another 55 miles to cross the Stream to get to Ft Pierce. Our plan was to leave the anchorage at sunset, travel the Banks at night, to arrive at the edge of the Stream at daybreak so we could do the crossing in daylight. We would have only other cruisers in the Banks, but potential for large ships in the Stream to watch for.

We hoisted sail at sunset and had a lovely downwind run to the west. For a while.... unfortunately, the autopilot does not like downwind, so she doesn't work at all in the conditions. We took turns handsteering and waiting for the wind to go south. It never did. We did get to the end of the Banks quickly...by 5am. We waited for the usual lull in the winds that comes at sunrise. It never materialized.

As we continued west, the wind and waves built. We were flying on main alone dead downwind. The usual tactic is to aim for a point south of your intended destination and the Stream pushes you north. We tried to aim for St Lucie... but didn't get set north much at all. By midday, the waves were coming from several directions creating confusing seas... 10-12 footers...and still dead downwind. By a little after 2pm we were within a few miles of Ft Pierce.

But..... we couldn't get there yet. We had been warned about entering the inlet in an east wind with an outgoing tide. The tide wasn't set to turn until nearly 5pm. So we took long jibes offshore, Bill at the helm, me gulping candied ginger for several hours. We heard reports from the Coast Guard warning of shoaling in some of the other inlets because of the high seas and winds.

Finally we set our course for the center of the inlet to avoid the shoaling that was obvious in the brown stirred up water on the south side. We both breathed a sigh of relief as we got into calm protected water and made our way to the Ft Pierce City Marina.
Vessel Name: Whisper
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34-2
Hailing Port: Milwaukee WI
Crew: Bill and Judy
Whisper's Photos - Main
Every shade of blue-green-purple greets our eyes on a continuing basis
15 Photos
Created 24 April 2017
Our first island anchorages were in the Berries. Sugar sand beaches, clear blue water, conch and starfish, everyday a new wonderful experience.
10 Photos
Created 16 April 2016
We are spending over a week in Bimini waiting for weather to cross to the Berry Islands (a 75 mile crossing that will require two good days). So we walk, drive, and dinghy our way around North Bimini to learn about the land and the people.
20 Photos
Created 6 February 2016
There were many projects we did to upgrade Whisper to a more efficient, comfortable, safe and enjoyable boat.
7 Photos
Created 10 January 2016
The many contrasting scenes on the Intercoastal Waterway
36 Photos
Created 25 December 2015
Our favorite anchorage on the eastern shore. The cove featured St Martin Point house and grounds, a 19th century home with accommodations for eighteen people, currently available as vacation rental. Dan, the caretaker invited us to explore the house and grounds.
14 Photos
Created 28 October 2015
6 Photos
Created 27 October 2015
Workboat Festival
8 Photos
Created 26 October 2015
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
7 Photos
Created 25 October 2015
Boat show
6 Photos
Created 11 October 2015
Highlights of our stay in the Big Apple
14 Photos
Created 2 October 2015
Fixed bridges, lift bridges, railroad bridges, road bridges, bridges to nowhere.
8 Photos
Created 13 September 2015
"I stayed too long at the fair"
12 Photos
Created 11 September 2015
5 Photos
Created 1 September 2015
I walked from the yacht club to the downtown area to purchase a nautical chart at the general store. Charming homes from the mid-1800s with fenced in yards and patios. Main square at City Hall has umbrella tables and chairs to enjoy the fresh air. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants, wished we could stay longer.
7 Photos
Created 27 August 2015
Transiting the 243 miles of the Trent Severn Waterway system
5 Photos
Created 25 August 2015
Into the Georgian Bay
7 Photos
Created 6 August 2015
We took Whisper on a loop through the French River Small Craft Route with Russ and Lisa onboard. Uproar can't do the route because of depth...and maybe width!
8 Photos
Created 3 August 2015
We spent the past week attempting to show Sue all of our favorite places... we got in quite a few!!!
7 Photos
Created 23 July 2015
First anchorage in Canada
4 Photos
Created 14 July 2015
Scenes from one of our favorite places on Lake Michigan
5 Photos
Created 10 July 2015
Preparation for our extended cruise from Milwaukee, WI to the Bahamas and ????
3 Photos
Created 17 June 2015