I have a really healthy respect for the power of the Gulf Stream and the nasty conditions it can kick up.
I think if you had pushed east into the Gulf Stream, you probably would have gotten hammered by the NE winds against a NE current. You'd be amazed at how quickly the change of wind can cause really nasty conditions when dealing with a current as strong as the Gulf Stream. As Tempest points out, once you get in the Gulf Stream, you have to get back out of it.... and with a NE wind against a NE current, you're probably going to have a rough time of it.
In general, when dealing with the Gulf Stream, you really need to watch your weather windows carefully.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
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