Key Biscayne ready to cross

Fri 19 Feb 2010 22:38

We're anchored off the southern tip of Key Biscayne, all set for an early departure tomorrow. We hope to leave around 4 AM and arrive in Bimini around 4 or 5 PM. The weather forecast is for very mild winds. Another sailboat, the "Alegria," which has come here by water along the Intracoastal Waterway all the way from Texas, is also planning a 4 AM departure. We won't necessarily sail together, as we'll need to keep our own pace, but it will be good to know they're out there on the same course.

We feel very relaxed and prepared for the crossing. We're probably more calm now than we were three days ago as we contemplated it while packing the boat. Now we're on the water and it all feels natural.

There is a question of whether we'll cross to Morgan's Bluff on Andros on Sunday, or wait till some windy weather forecast for Monday blows through. It may be possible to leave Bimini at 3 AM and make it to Morgan's Bluff by evening; or the weather Monday may get downgraded to something more manageable. Or, we'll just spend a few days enjoying Bimini. . . .

We saw more dolphins today in Biscayne Bay.