Thursday, March 1, 2012

Back to the States

We left The Berry's and set a course across the Great Bahama Banks heading west. It was a smooth mellow sail, which is always nice for an overnight passage. We arrived at North Rock at 4 am and despite the moonless dark sky and the fishing boats around us, we cut through the shallow inside section and our AIS and radar kept us safe. We turned south paralleling the Bimini coast line until the sun came up. That gave us a bit more southward drive than trying to fight the strong current of the Gulf Stream that would push us north.

The Gulf Stream was so calm. We have been very selective with our crossing window and it has paid off. I have seen the Neuse River in North Carolina look much worse than what we had across the Gulf Stream that day.

As soon as we had a cell signal, we took our phones off "airplane mode" and called US Customs to get permission to come back in the country as well as the Apple Store to make an appt for the next day. The ease and convenience was nice to have but we could already feel the twinge of missing the simple life the Bahamas offers, not to mention the friends we made and the wonderful experiences we enjoyed.
Taking a quick nap while Baxter is on watch
Miami skyline
Taking down the Bahamian courtesy flag in the Gulf Stream.

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