Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Back in the US

After our last play day on the beach with Tides In, in the Islands, on our first leg, we headed out at 07:00 Wednesday morning, for a 25 hour trip to the US. It was a beautiful Morning, with light winds, and partly cloudy. The forecast was for winds at 10 knots, and seas less than 2 feet in the Atlantic. Our last connection to weather was the night before we left for the US, and it looked great. Our first 14 hours were across the Bahama Banks, (15 to 20 ft. deep) and it was good to that point. We got to the Atlantic at dark, and the wind started to pick up to 15 to 20, and the waves started to build. By the time we were half way, the winds hit 27 knots, and the seas were 4 to 6 foot, with some higher just to keep us awake, and rain off and on. September Song and Tides In can take a whole lot more than that, but it was not fun. We looked at the forecast that came in Thursday night, (we were already at our half way point) when we got to Ft. Pierce, and it changed completely. We arrived at Ft Pierce at 08:00, and we were so glad to be in calm waters again. Real glad! As Captain Ron says, "If it's going to happen, it's going to happen out there".

Orr last sunrise in the Islands until next spring as we leave our anchorage with Tides In, and put the pointy end to the US. 

Last spit of land (it's a rock) in the Islands.

Sunset, as we head into the dark for the next 10 hours.
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