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Old 01-10-2008, 12:03   #1
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Flying Pig Float Plan

Flying Pig Float Plan

We're going from Sandy Hook, NJ, to Miami, preferably in one
jump. Barring last minute warnings against it, we're leaving Wednesday Oct. 1, PM.

Based on the recommendations from Chris Parker, our weather
consultant, for favorable winds and seas, we'll go on a rhumb
line, the outward curve through Barnegat Bay excepted, from Sandy Hook NJ to Cape Hatteras, the first large jump being about 330 miles. We'll avoid, as much as possible any adverse current as seen on these two sites: and /32, plus DEOS: Current velocities of the Gulf Stream, as our course will take us close to the Gulf Stream edge.

Once past Hatteras, we'll take another 300+mile jump to the GA coast area, again to avoid the Gulf Stream. From there we'll take another rhumb line run of about 300 miles to about West Palm Beach, avoiding the Gulf Stream as seen in the above plus /16, the southern portion, which shows that a straight line would have us crossing the Gulf Stream's adverse current. Once in the West Palm Beach, or so, area, we'll have to stay close to shore, as the Gulf Stream is very close in
that area.

Sailmail (over SSB radio) contact will be available through my
son David, in the event of emergency. You'll
be able to track our progress on our SPOT shared page,
SPOT Shared Page
if you're interested. We'll also send "OK" messages via Spot on a daily basis to our primary family, as before.

We intend daily reports via sailmail, as well as having our SPOT
(SPOT Shared Page)
on continuously during our passage.

At this time weather, wind and currents all look very good for
our passage, but in the event that changes, or there are
equipment difficulties which suggest otherwise, we'll not
hesitate to come in from wherever we are at the time.

See our log listings for the daily reports...


Skip and Lydia (and Portia, of course!)

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