Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sail aborted Miami Beach to Bahamas 16 Feb 2010
Left the anchorage at 03.20 hrs this morning. To start with very little wind but as we got further offshore the wind steadily increased from the NW. By the time we were on the edge of the Gulf Stream, 12 miles offshore with the sea water temperature having risen from 21 to 25 celcius, the wind rose to 25 knots gusting 30 with several rain squalls - could have been the North Sea. Decided to chicken out as general wisdom is not to cross the Gulf Stream in northerly winds above 15kts. Also negotiating the shallow Bimini entrance channel with a hard onshore wind was not something we looked forward to. So with 2 reefs in main and a small amount of Genny, we changed course and headed back to Miami hard on the wind with the foredeck getting a regular ducking - good test for the water tightness of the anchor windless repair (it passed the test) . By 1045hrs we were back at our anchorage south of Belle Ilse close to Miami Beach. Next weather window is Friday.