The Adventures of the Fort Myers' Gypsy
January 26, 2013

Hi all,
Friday was the day of crossing the big water. Spent the day tying, closing and checking everything. Weather was NE to E 15. Bob was very quiet in his preparations and my stomach was doing a slow churn. What if ??? Thinking about staying awake, the wave height, and dragons (thanks Phil ).

We set out about 2:30pm, first stop was the low (moon tide) water between the mooring ball and the channel. I needed that 6 inches more water. A nice boat passing by nudged us to deeper water. That save a wait for tide. Off to a good start. First 10 miles took it on this nose then was able to sail. We hit 7.5 knots when the wind cooperated. Big waves and rollers made for us each to have a turn feeling sick. Big dips of the bow made me nervous and made me think of the Dry Tortugas ride home. Only thing missing was rain and lightening. It was a very quiet ride. I prayed a lot. Lol. not many freighters to contend with and we had a gorgeous full moon ALL night right up to daylight. It kept the dragons at bay.

We arrived at Bimini an hour before daylight and had to dance around the outer marker until sun up to navigate in. The depth sounder had a meltdown in the depth of the gulf stream and made for a very tricky entrance. It's back now thankfully. Water is crystal clear and turquoise. Fish teeming about the marina. Even tarpon. We grabbed some comfort for today. No anchor. Slept some, cleared customs and immigration and got fishing licenses.

It's cool and breezy. Connectivity low. May not be able to send photos but will try later. At the marina office with the mini. Desktop has photos downloaded but may be too far away to connect. Next trek across the flats 80 miles...glad to be out of the gulf. Already thinking I have to go back across at some point !!!!!!!

So, safe and sound. Time for dinner and relax.

Captain Kathy and Captain Sunny Bob

Tomorrow we move towards Nassau......80 miles across the banks. Just ate that fish (yellowtail snapper) that Bob was holding with home made french fries. Lobster tomorrow.
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