Tuesday, November 3, 2009
We set out from Fort Pierce Sunday morning intending to sail to Miami and make the jump to the Bahamas from there, but it was just so darn nice out when we got to Fort Lauderdale about 1:00 am, and Bimini was the same distance as Miami, so we made a hard left turn. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions: full moon, good breeze (although it died after a while), and slight seas. However, the Gulf Stream, which when we last saw it helped us speed up the coast at ten knots, now conspired (Yes, conspired. I can anthropomorphize anything – try me.) to run us north again, so that even though we were running a compass course of about 140 degrees, our course over the ground was closer to 90 degrees. Even more fun was avoiding the heavy shipping traffic going in and out of Fort Lauderdale. But once across the stream, we were able to steer directly toward our goal. All in all, it was a great crossing, and the sunrise was fantastic, as you can see in the picture.