|Palm Beach to port|
|NORTHERN STAR on Little Bahama Bank|
The night before departure, we tackled the last minute details…everything that could be secured behind doors or within bungees was secured and locked. Carl attached the jacklines* to the port and starboard sides of the boat. We dug out the tethers that attach to our sailing harnesses for humans and canine alike. The dinghy was firmly tied down and chained to the davits and the stern of the boat. There were multiple sandwiches made, so that I wouldn’t have to spend much time in the galley on the crossing. Carl plotted our course on the iPad which was then uploaded to our chart plotter. “Data” (the name we had chosen for our autopilot) would be following that course whenever there was no human at the helm. Carl filed our float plan** with a sister and one of our children. We were ready to cross.
|Sailboat on the horizon.|
|Water temp reached 74.4 mid Gulf Stream|
|The first of many stunning sunsets in the Bahamas.|