07 - US to Panama

At anchor!

Dropped the hook about noon today, in Abrahams's Bay off Mayaguana - an unbelievably undeveloped place for an official port of entry to the Bahamas - very beatiiful. Logged just over 800 nm from Charleston, SC and it was a hard slog, essentially sailing close hauled ever since we came out of the main axis of the Gulf Stream last Saturday. Everything is solidly salt coated from constant spray and waves over bow - so we hope for some rain squalls tonight to clean things up.

Life at an angle...

Making good progress but have been beating to windward pretty much ever since we left the Gulf Stream. Good for speed, bad for comfort. .. it did however also produce Namani's best ever 24hr run at 152nm (that tells you how slow we usually go ...).. Now we hope to make landfall either in Mayaguana tomorrow (if wind permits sufficient easting) or Great Iguana on Friday morning (both in the SE Bahamas). A bit tired, but all is well aboard... stay tuned...

24 hrs out ...

Crossed the Gulf Stream today, motorsailing in light winds... a few eddies to the east of the stream which we'll hopefully get around... temperatures have picked up again... all is well aboard, Nicky now sleeps in the cockpit (with life jacket and tether), so he can see the stars and the moon... stay tuned

Out of soundings ...

We slipped our berth in Charleston at 14:20 yesterday (Friday), only to have the engine cut out on us when motoring down the channel in Charleston harbor. After sailing up to anchor (dutifully disconnected from the chain just hours ago to seal the hawse hole for the passage ..), inspecting the fuel system bit by bit and changing filters, Barry - a friendly mechanic - saved us at 4 pm on a Friday afternoon.

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