You would think spending time in Miami, with sunshine, hot weather, lovely waters and good people all around that we should have been more content?? After 2 weeks of watching and listening for favourable weather systems, anticipating a departure, only for them to disappear in front of us seemed to take the "wind out of our sails".
We decided to make our way over to No Name Harbour in Bay of Biscayne so we would be better set up to make a dash for it when we got the green light. Neat little place,state park, with lots of other like minded boats holding up and WAITING. We finally ran into Time and Tide and Last Waltz, both fellow Trenton Yacht Club members. Lots of fun to touch base with familiar faces and catch up on some great transiting stories.
Like I said, there were many boats also staging for what was anticipated as an optimum crossing day on Monday 30th and it didn't take long for the "B2B" fleet to be born. (Biscayne to Bimini)
7 boats choosing to travel together sharing information, knowledge and experience. Some may say we over thought things and maybe spent more time then we should have planning but as they say, better to over think it then to "wing it", the seas can be very unforgiving.
We all pulled anchor at 5:45am and made our way out to and through the main channel of Bay of Biscayne just as light was coming in the sky. We had a very uneventful crossing, it was absolutely beautiful out there. The only thing I regret is not sticking my feet into the gulf stream as the crew of Harmonium were all able to do. The wind stayed out of the north for the entire trip but the seas were gentle. Are speed over ground never went below 6.5 knt with averages at 7.4 and for the last hour and half making almost 8.5 knt as we rode the rising tide. We chose our coarse well and Al continued to alter small degrees northward as we made our way through the stream bringing us straight into the channel in just under 8 hours.
With our quarantine flag flying, we headed for Brown's Marina on North Bimini and they did a fabulous job bringing in 9 boats all merging upon them within minutes of each other! Al headed off to the customs and then immigration to check in pay our cruising license etc. Back around 4pm and the Bahamian flag was finally, and with immense pleasure, hoisted up the mast!
|No Name Harbour night before we plan to cross|
|Bimini on the Horizon!|
|Leaving the US|
Paige arrived!! Safe and sound after 21 hours of travel. No problems with any of her flights or picking her up on South Bimini as we took a "ferry" and bus there and back - about a 15 minute trip one way. She actually managed to stay awake and join us for the Junkanoo celebrations (parade) through the town that evening. Costumes and music and the entire Island came out for it, very special night.
|The gang from CFB Trenton|
|Supplies offloaded from ship|
|streets of Bimini|
Life here has been great but now we are planning our departure (yes, the meetings have started) Weather looks good for Sunday/Monday so we will hopefully make our way to Nassau doing a 2 day trip.
For now it looks like a quick swim and then a bunch of us are getting together to learn how to play Island Domino's, then maybe a haircut - my hair is driving me nuts.
See you all again in Nassau.