|Art Deco Festival at South Beach, Miami|
by Joe Boulay
|A classic Chevy on display during Art Deco Weekend, Miami|
photo by Joe Boulay
With a mild weather window fast approaching Joe and I decided to leave on a solo passage from Miami leaving behind all of its captivating charms to venture east toward the Bahamas on Monday morning with a departure at 8:00 AM and an ETA arrival in Nassau on Tuesday afternoon at I:00 PM. Kismet opted to wait for brisk conditions on Tuesday morning. Alas, the compromise. Should we stay or should we go? We went.
The weather predictions for Simple Life's Monday morning departure called for calm winds during the day and evening. Conditions in the Stream were calm for our crossing. At sunset after exiting its indigo waters wind freshened and Simple Life carried full sails throughout the night skipping along at 6.5 knots and above for the duration of the evening and into the following morning and afternoon. It was a total of 18 resplendent, engineless hours under sail. At times it was akin to riding the subway. Streaming forward in darkness hearing the whoosh of the waves on her port side. A slight side to side mesmeric motion and the sensation that someone else was at the controls. Ideal conditions such as these rarely last. However, throughout the evening we experienced a steady breeze with no gusts in the range of 12-15 knots, flat seas on the Great Bahama Banks along with a bright orange waning moon to light our our way marking this the most memorable passage thus far. The near perfect transit made me feel slightly guilty for complaining about...anything. Our crossing couldn't have been better unless it took place entirely during daylight hours. Glistening moonlight lit our way throughout the darkest hours making the overnight passage much less daunting.
|Joe completing paperwork for |
Customs and Immigration.
|After clearing customs Joe raises our Bahamian courtesy flag.|