240 nm…our longest yet. And I think I was aware of every second of the 31 hours that it took us. NOT my best long passage. But that was just me. Jay says it was fine and I’m being whiny.
Marmalade was a real trooper! I think we might have set a bad precedent, though. We didn’t want him to have to get up to go for food so when we would head down the companionway steps (he was in the aft bunk) he would come out to meet us and we would give him a few treats…just enough to stave off hunger but not make him sick, hopefully. He would turn around and go back to his bed. If I saw him get up and move around nervously then I would carry him to the litter box and he would do his business and walk back. All seemed well until we started the engine this morning and he is looking at us as if he deserved a treat. Uh oh. How quickly they train us!
The beginning of the crossing was good. 10-15 knots broad reach with the spinnaker up. Then as we reached the ocean past Walker’s Cay it picked up and the seas were a bit confused. They stayed that way for the first half of the crossing. Ironically, the Gulf Stream was the least confused area. The winds really picked up as we neared St Augustine Inlet, as they do, and it was 22-25 gusting to 30. The waves over the breakers were pretty impressive. Luckily the Corp of Engineers had gotten back over and put all the marks back on station (some had gone missing the last time we went through in the December). Got in, anchor down, celebrated with beer and jalapeño Cheetos (our last bag from the Bahamas), emailed, ate dinner, and slept!!!!
Last time we were here we were going sock-less for the first time. Not so now. I have on long johns and polar fleece! Brrrrrr.
Hope to catch up with pictures soon.