West End to Vero Beach FL - 2017
|A lone sailboat was anchored in the marina's turning |
basin at dusk on Monday, May 8.
Planning for Crossing the Gulf Stream
We've spent a fair amount of time reading the weather forecasts and monitoring the weather conditions over the last couple days for our upcoming Gulf Stream crossing. We decided to cross the Gulf Stream to Ft. Pierce, FL on Wednesday (5/10). The winds are forecasted to be light and variable. We expect to leave West End at 3:30 AM--that's well before sunrise. To make it easier to depart we will be leaving the marina Tuesday evening (May 9) and anchoring in a sufficiently deep area just north of the marina entrance. We're doing this so we don't have to navigate through the marina in darkness. We can simply pull up the anchor early in the morning and set our chart plotter and autopilot for the sea buoy at Ft. Pierce--a distance of 82 nautical miles away from West End. This would be the longest straight-line course that s/v Rainy Days has ever traversed, as far as I know.
|Dawn over the ocean on May 10, 2017.|
|Sunrise over the ocean on the day of our |
Gulf Stream crossing. Note how
calm the water appeared.
|We had to slow down and allow this ship to pass |
in front of us in order to avoid a collision.
|This little yellow finch landed on our boat and |
visited for almost an hour.
|This is an image from our chart plotter after completing our Gulf |
Stream crossing between West End in the Bahamas and
Ft. Pierce in Florida. The red line is our actual track.