I don't necessarily agree that it makes sense to head
further south to improve your speed over ground. If you are in Lake Worth
and the weather
is right - GO! Don't spend another day, many bridges and expensive marinas
all to save 2 hours on your crossing, especially when Lake Worth
is an easy pre-dawn exit and anchoring
is free. However if the winds are predicted to be strong SE for some time, I agree heading further south is worth it.
On this trip, I crossed from Lake Worth on a light norther. (to West End) One of the easiest crossings I've ever had. Had I continued south, it would have been another week of waiting.
Hitting the Abacos first adds more time if the Exumas
and points south are you goals. The advantages are that the Abacos are a great warm up and you can get all the way to the Exumas
with day sails
only, and you can time your crossings easier. Simply plan your time in the Abacos to arrive at Little Harbour with a window to head
south. 2 day sails
later you are in the Exumas. Alternatively, spend some time in Eleuthera.
You only have two easy day sails not on the banks. The gulf stream
and Little Harbour to Eleuthera. When heading to Bimini
, you must still cross the stream, but then also have a long sail to the Berry's which means overnight or anchoring
in the open. Once in the Berry's, you have another crossing to New Providence or there abouts.