The fact that the Gulf Stream is one of the two most trecherous areas of water
on the planet is often not respected or understood by those that are not intimately familier with it. The other being off the coast of east Africa
. When I grew up in NJ, it was so far off shore that we never even thought about it as coastal sailors, but those of us in the tuna tournements held there understood it full well. In Miami
, where a large portion of the boating
public is not from the U.S. originally, recreational boats are constantly in trouble out there in a north wind. It's all about a lack of respect and understanding for the sea and too much machismo. IN reflexion on what you say about German sailors plying the North Sea, I would guess that the decision to stay in port was vetoed due to the North Sea experience without a good understanding about how vicious the Gulf Stream really is. There's a reason why experienced crossers of the stream congregate in No Name Harbor for weeks on Key Biscayne sometimes waiting for an opportunity to cross, while others just go without even checking......