Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Back to the USA

We have successfully and without incident crossed back to the States.

We were enjoying Green Turtle Cay and the surrounding area when the  good weather window that many cruisers were anxiously awaiting looked like it was definitely on its way.  Heading out to Great Sale Cay we spent 2 nights, one on the east side then tucked around into the south west bay. We were the 6th boat to arrive around noon, and by 6pm there were 39 boats in total all anticipating the crossing.

final anchor lift in the Bahamas 2014

Our crossing from Great Sale Cay to Cape Canaveral took 28 hours and was uneventful (in a good way). Motor sailed most of the way but with the ride from the Gulf Stream we were able to keep our engine running very low. Winds did pick up for us and we manage to have a great sail for about 9 hours. I was able to practice with the AIS, watched an incredible lighting show way off to the north that lasted for hours, incredible stars, and hypnotizing phosphorescence from our boat wash. Lots of fun yet very tiring as I wasn't able to get much sleep when I was off shift.  

2nd last night in Bahamas, rafted with Harmonium

Check in at Cape Canaveral went very smooth, we stopped for fuel at Cape Marina then after phoning in to get are reporting number, shared a cab with Harmonium and Vanilla to customs and Immigration. 

Hard to believe we have put Bahamas behind us for the season. It seems like just yesterday we were plugging along down the ICW. Now here we are heading north but at least the weather is beautiful and we are already anticipating our return next fall.

See you all soon.

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