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Old 16-01-2010, 05:49   #1
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Well we're finally in Miami. We're fueled and watered up, the freezer is full and every nook and cranny is stuffed with provisions. We're anchored off President Nixon's old Key Biscayne estate on the southern end of Key Biscayne. A spot everyone calls "Nixons". It's nice and warm again now and we're doing the old "waiting to cross" thing. There must be twenty boats here waiting to cross the gulf stream. Many are friends we've known over the years. A cold front is coming through Sunday afternoon or evening and right after that happens the winds will clock and we'll all take off. Nassau next stop.
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So - whats the plan?

So - after the crossing - Any plans?
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Old 16-01-2010, 09:56   #6
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Well we're finally in Miami. We're fueled and watered up, the freezer is full and every nook and cranny is stuffed with provisions. We're anchored off President Nixon's old Key Biscayne estate on the southern end of Key Biscayne. A spot everyone calls "Nixons". It's nice and warm again now and we're doing the old "waiting to cross" thing. There must be twenty boats here waiting to cross the gulf stream. Many are friends we've known over the years. A cold front is coming through Sunday afternoon or evening and right after that happens the winds will clock and we'll all take off. Nassau next stop.
I guess No Name Harbor is full? That's a great anchorage.
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So - after the crossing - Any plans?
No plans. Head down the Exuma chain taking our time at our favourite spots. Come back in June. Maybe go to Rum or Cat or Long. Not doing the Jumentos this year. They were disappointing last year, too many sharks. Maybe come back via the Abacos

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We don't go in No Name. Two reasons, one: usually too crowded, two: they charge to anchor in there!! We've moved from Nixons to Hurricane harbor as the wind is going to clock and there's a long fetch to be caught at Nixons with anything from the west or north. They're calling for 20 - 25 knots from the SW and then NW when she starts clocking.
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Sounds great Rick. I'm jealous!

I take it you are planning to go straight to Nassau in one straight shot? And then straight on to the Exumas?

How long are you figuring it will take you to get to Nassau? And what's your route?

Likewise, how long are you figuring it'll take you to get from Nassau to the Exumas?
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Record crossing for us. 26 hours Cape Florida to Nassau. First time I've crossed in winds with a northerly component. WNW - NW 10 -15 knots, more in gusts. Waves up to 6 feet, very rolly but fast. We usually cross before a front and the front usually hits us on the bank. This time the winds before the front were very strong, a very mild front and then the winds stayed NW rather than clocking more so we crossed after the front. An enjoyable trip. Warm and sunny in Nassau.
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