After 36 cold and windy hours in Charleston, we headed back out on our southward migration. Our sail so far has been mostly fast with favorable winds. With the northerly winds continuing, we are staying in closer to the coastline to avoid the rougher water in the Gulf Stream.
Highlights of the trip so far have been numerous visits by dolphins, and seeing amazingly bright phosphorescent jellyfish lighting up the water at night. It’s been too rough to get any fishing in.
Right now we are south of Jacksonville, Florida and approaching Cape Canaveral. The weather forecast for the rest of the trip is just about perfect, northwest winds of 15 to 25 knots.
We have always found short passages like this of two or three days more difficult than longer ones. We don’t have time to get into the rhythm of watch standing, so we are really looking forward to dropping anchor and catching up on sleep! We don’t have much time to rest, since we are scheduled to be hauled out of the water right after lunch on Monday morning!