|Departing Key Biscayne off Bill Baggs State Park....|
Today we awoke at 4 am and began to work on the weather information. What are the winds at Fowey Rock? what are the waves? what does NOAA say for the high seas forecast, what is our weather router saying?
|IP32 Morning Grace raising the Main Sail|
|Radeen raises the Q flag, we need to check into the Bahamas|
Now we are here, we can check into the Bahamas and get our cruising and fishing permits and our passports stamped. We are running with IP37 EOS, Wendy; IP38 Moondance Nina and Bob; IP32 Morning Grace Julie and Dixey, and our Island Spirit IP35. We are a fleet of four and we plan to explore the Exumas and then sail up to the Abacos for April.
Here are more Gulf Stream photos...
|Squall #1 with winds and rain|
|Just rain and a beautiful rainbow|
|The seas get so calm in a rain storm|
|Salt spray all over the windshield and boat|
|The course from Miami to Bimini is 50 miles due east|
|Hook in and latch on|
|Working the mast and the halyard|
|Course 115 to 120 degrees magnetic...but you make 90 degrees! see next|
|Here is our COG, Course Over Ground, at 092 degrees. We are actually making 30 degrees of side slip|
The northward flowing gulf stream sets the boat this much!
|We fish.....we do not catch any ...yet!|
|If we do catch something, it will be LARGE, this is the rig|
|Water depth, check this: 2000 to 3000 feet deep!|
|Typical thermal cloud formation over the gulf stream|
|The most beautiful BLUE WATER you will ever see|
|One tough inlet at Bimini with 2-3 knots of current running.|
Docking in this was also no easy feat, many boats wreck and crash when docking in this!!!