Every weather forecast we checked - and we checked a lot - indicated it would be the perfect crossing. Winds from the east at 10-15 or a steady 15 knots. It would be great. Enough to keep us moving at a steady 7-8 knots (absent gulf stream current) while not being too much.
There was just one problem. The forecasts - all of them - were wrong.
We left Great Sale Cay just before 1am. The wind was as promised and we clipped along at a pleasant pace until sunrise. Then the wind faded and we spent the day motorsailing trying to make progress back towards the US. It was well past darkness had fallen again before the wind once again filled and we had reached the full effect of the Gulf Stream. So for a good portion of the evening we clipped along at a pleasant 8.5 - 10.5 knots making up for some of the precious slow speed of the day.
Yet again before daybreak the wind would quit and our speed would slow. Being absent wind and surrounded by water you can't help but start to feel some
As daylight became mid-day the silence of the sea was disrupted by a group of dolphins who, like us, were looking for something to do and decided swimming with the 'Breezer' would be a fun way to spend some time. They swam along with us for 15-20 minutes before growing bored and seeking alternative forms of entertainment.
Like them, the Captain and I were getting antsy. There was still little to no wind and the engines as well as a bit of tide propelled us but not to the speed we'd like. With nothing else to do we turned on the tunes and began singing and dancing our way across the miles. When that just wasn't enough, I got a bit creative with nail polish and did not only my toes but decorated the Captain's as well.
As you can imagine, we were happy to make landfall. After months in the Bahamas coming back to the conveniences of the US is always a treat. At least for a little while, then we will be ready to escape back to the Bahamas once again.