Ships Log Mexico to Key West
10 February 2015 | Key West Fl
DARK AND WINDY
Mexico 21 14' N : 86 44'W Isa Mujeres 5:47 am departing Puerto Isla Mujeres the cove is glass calm motoring out the docks are marked with red and green flashing lights making your eyes very busy and your mind wonder. Passing the ferries now quiet and empty before their busy day starts of carrying passengers and cargo back and forth. A head wind of 11 starts our morning into the Western Carribbean Sea.
Day 2 23 27' N : 84 09' W leaving Cuba behind and Key West in the distant 130 miles lay ahead before we reach dry ground. Day light with prayers answered the seas are calm and blue is seen amongst the clouds. After leaving Mexico a couple hours out the seas turned angry with steep breakers in every direction a good 15 feet. Adonai was getting tossed about not certain of what was head. The wind was light but the current below was kicking up the seas crashing on our deck as we head directly into the sea. Bearing off slightly gave hope for a short period before the wind picked up and the seas continued in slop chop pounding Adonai. Evening is approaching the sky darkening and the rain threatening. Off in the distant we saw rainbow number three brilliantly exuding Gods promise bringing hope and peace that just on the other side is a clear sky accompanied with calm seas. The night sky continued to close in on us as we we entered the Gulf of Mexico with our radar surrounded by rain we are find ourselves in complete darkness. The rain traveled with us for 3 hours, no lightening present and to our benefit the rain had a partial calming effect to the seas making travel bearable. You cannot change this situation but you can astray alert, trust God not your circumstances, and pray. Midnight with barely a star in the sky the moon is breaking through from behind the clouds, with a sliver of light a sense of peace starts to fill Adonai. Our hope remains for calm seas and the sun to shine in the morning.
It is Feb 9 considering it is winter the weather is nice. The cold of night has turned warm with the day as our prayers are answered. Adonai is on a broad reach traveling at 9 knots making up time. She is gliding on the water a much smoother ride enabling us to get in ship shape. Flying fish and sea weed on the deck is a tell tale sign of last night. A couple of hatches were not closed properly so there is much to dry out. The sea is calm so eggs are in the pan. After a good day of fasting a day of nutrition will be great. Wayne is serving coffee. Ted and Jeff are transferring fuel and Greg is catching up on sleep after pulling a late night watch. We are all grateful, happy and thanking God. There is another cold projected to hit Key West at midnight so our timing is crucial to arrive before the storm and find a quiet lee shore to put down the anchor.
Noon is on us with a water spout on the horizon. The beautiful tanker ship d'Amico is running parallel to us showing her strength and size. Amigo's hull is black , her wheel house is white and she sports two red strips looking powerful with smoke coming out of a yellow stack. Its nice to know you are not alone on the sea. Our Radar is picking up quite a large glob of weather to our west as for now we remain in the sun with fishing lines out. Steak is on the grill and soup on the stove the rain is trying to over take us running along our side about a mile out and another one coming up from behind.
Great timing today 7 pm we are 38 miles off of Key West 24 15' N : 82 26' W our top speed being 12.4 and we have a flowing sea so life is good! Eight minutes shy of midnight in the quiet waters of Key West, Adonai is looking for good holding ground. 24 33' N : 81 44' W It is nice to be still tucked away from the windy sea .