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Well, we bailed out of the Gulf Stream for St. Augustine, FL. The Gulf Stream was amazingly FLAT—nada, nothing... unbelievably calm. There are predictions of very strong northeast winds and we didn't think we could make Charlotte before they hit, and St. Augustine was one of the nicer choices for us to bail out at, since one of the crew has friends here.
We're in a Gemini 105Mc catamaran, so we're doing the trip in two hulls. We started out at Stocking Island and went up Exuma Sound and over to Grand Bahama, where we stopped at West End. Then made the jump into the Gulf Stream the next day. One boat that was next to us in the marina reported 7'+ swells and got pretty beat up crossing over from Florida, but we didn't see any of that.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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