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post #21 of Old 08-25-2013
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Re: Sailing NE Florida to the Abacos

Originally Posted by mellowseas View Post
You probably will be beating SE but there is no 2 to 4 knot current running west on the north side of the Bahamas. The gulf stream itself is a 2 to 4 knot current.
Oh but there is an up to 2 knot current running east to west across the top of the Abacos. Sure you can do it ... the question is why? If you must go from St. Aug is to go due east, heading about 20 deg. further south to compensate for the GS, then turn south but allowing/compensating for the westerly current along the top of the Abacos.
The tried and true way to get to the Abacos with the least amount of hassle is to cross from Ft. Lauderdale or Lake Worth Inlet. Then you dont have to sometimes sit and wait it out for any rage in the northern 'passes' to settle before entering the Abacos from the north.

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