Wednesday, March 08, 2006

One Day Out

The good news is that crossing the dreaded Gulf Stream was a non event. We crossed it between 0300 and 0600 this morning. Thanks to light winds, there were no big waves. We noticed only that we had to fight a 2 knot current against us.

The bad news is that the winds were so light that progress was slower than expected. We only did 110 miles the first 24 hours. Worse, we got a new weather forecast last night and it's going to turn against us. Starting tonight and continuing Thursday and Friday we'll have 20-30 knots head winds and 7-11 foot seas. In the Yucatan Channel with a two knot current against us too, our progress would be almost zero and sailing would be very uncomfortable.

Therefore, we decided to make a stop and wait for the bad weather to go by. We're heading for Isla Mujeres in Mexico. It looks like a nice harbor to anchor and wait out bad weather. We can also play tourist while we're there.

This morning I saw a plastic bag floating. It was clear and blown up with air like a balloon. Hmmm, I thought, the first trash I've seen out here. A few minutes later I saw an identical bag. That was strange. The third time, I got close enough to see properly. It's wasn't a bag it was a creature of some sort. Nature is very inventive.

We haven't seen any other vessels out here since dawn. We have the whole place to ourselves.

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Click here for a birds eye view of Isla Mujeres.

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