We left St Thomas on May 1st a few years ago and sailed directly up to Marsh Harbour, Abacos (five days I think, without checking the log). It was a pleasant sail with winds mostly off the port quarter. Got to use the asym for a while. You get to ride the winds from the Bermuda
High on that route
We cleared in at Marsh Harbour Marina and found out that night was "steak night" at their restaurant. Had a great meal and fun listening to the band. We spent a week poking around the Abacos, slowly moving north. Nippers on Great Guana, and Bluff House and Jolly Roger on Green Turtle were enjoyable stops. The Gully Roosters were playing at the Jolly Roger.
After a week, we left the Bahamas
and angled over to the Gulf Stream
, picking it up at Cape Canaveral, then rode
it up to Cape Hatteras. Saw SOGs of 9-10 knots on a regular basis (boat speed ~6.5 kts). We rounded Hatteras on the outside, as our weather forecast
was OK, and sailed on up to the Bay. Ironically, the roughest weather
of the trip was in the Bay.
It was a fun trip.