Sailing Westbound Across The Gulf Stream
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In this post, we sail our Endeavour 32 westbound across the Gulf Stream towards West Palm, FL.
In this post, we make a big mistake…
…we go back to the States.
Well, that’s my (Ben’s) opinion anyways.
Yes, it’s sad but true. We cross the Gulf Stream from East to West and we wind up back in the land of brown water.
It’s actually a little more complicated than that because it really takes us 2 attempts to safely cross the Gulf Stream. The first time to try it, the swell was just ridiculous once we got 5 miles away from Bimini, so we turned around and spend 1 extra night in the Bahamas. It wasn’t as great as it sounds though because the anchorage was very rolly. Ah well.
The next day we get up and the seas had calmed down. Unfortunately the wind had also disappeared, so a motorboat ride it was as we made the 75 miles crossing from Bimini to West Palm.
Lastly, I hope you can still enjoy the video even though a massive booger is visible during a good portion of the footage.
6.23.17 We got up at 5AM to leave for Florida. Between the wind direction, the waves, and the swell it was so uncomfortable. We just couldn’t continue. We turned around at 7AM.
We didn’t get anchored again until 11:45. We were roaming around Bimini trying to find a place to anchor that wasn’t rolly, or crowded, or right in the channel. It was so super stressful and by the end I was crying. We just had to pick a place to anchor. It wasn’t the best place, but it was all we had, and I was tired of circling. N 25*43.849 W 79*17.884
I know we’re sitting anchored in this beautiful anchorage and we are so lucky to be here, but I just can’t be here anymore. I am missing my family and friends at home. It’s been such a long 9 months. It’s been such a wonderful 9 months! I can’t believe that this amazing trip is coming to an end, and in a way, I’m perfectly ok with it coming to an end.
We were so tired, and stressed, and wore out we watched two movies today. The first one was Big Hero 6 and the second was Moana.
We’re going to try to make it to Florida again tomorrow.
6.24.17 Today, we got up at 5AM again to try and cross to Florida. Last night I didn’t sleep very well between the swell and the party on the beach it was impossible to stay asleep.
We left for Florida at 5:30, it was a pretty uneventful motor sail back. We made it back to Florida at 3:30. It feels so good to be back in the states!
About an hour and a half before we made it to the inlet we were boarded by the coastguard. They wanted to see the engine compartment and the bilge. They wanted to make sure that our flairs and our fire extinguisher were up to date. They checked all of our storage spaces and wanted to make sure we had all of our paperwork. They also took a peek at our passports to be sure that we were legal.
When we came through the cut we anchored South of Peanut Island. N 26*45.887 W 80*02.831
I called the customs office and we were cleared. Tomorrow, we have to go to the airport and check in, in person. We watched Finding Nemo tonight.