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Your route looks good, the weather doesn't look like it's going to co-operate much. When you can get out, leave and just plug away at it, incidently, NW Channel light does show up good on most small radars. Don't be confused if you get two "hits", one will be the steel platform, and the other will be the buoy close (withing 50'). Still recomend doing it in daylight. Fair winds...

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As of yesterday, at least, the weather, according to Chris Parker, was forecast to be from the North at 10-15 or under, waves of under 3 feet. Hopefully things haven't changed! Things are supposed to pick up by Wednesday, but hopefully we'll be snug in Nassau by then. Thanks for your help!

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That sounds like a great sail to Nassau! I always listen to Chris. He is very accurrate, and has actually taken me between 2 systems for a lovely sail home from Bimini to the St. Johns River. It wasn't a personalized report. Just what he gives out daily.......i2f

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It seems that Chris and his family made it safe through the passage. His SPOT plotted the course the entire way.

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Thanks for the update.

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I posted a bunch of stuff on our blog, but it was a wonderful passage - 9-12kts of wind, 35 degrees apparent off our nose, 1-2ft waves, partly cloudy skies. We were able to sail almost the whole way over, which is a real change of pace from the rest of the passages this season. We left Bimini at around 10am and arrived at Nassau (after slowing ourselves down a bit to make sure that we didn't arrive at the marina before they opened) at around 9am.

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