Category Archives: Ocean travel

Posts about sailing on the ocean.

Biscayne Bay to Charleston Harbor

Bye-bye Marathon until the next time.

What a view!

The “new” overseas hwy bridge on the left and the “old” Flagler railroad bridge on the right. This is the famous 7 mile bridge in the Keys. It spans 7 miles of water to get to the next key.

Some day, maybe.

I would love to try parasailing sometime. It just looks like fun.

Our friends on Southern Star passing us on the way to Tarpon Basin.

After leaving Southern Star at Tarpon basin, Monday morning , we headed for Biscayne Bay to meet our friends on Waves of Grace. We spent a couple of hours catching up with Pat and Walt before we left our them anchored securely and heading to bed. We, on the other hand, pulled anchor and headed out to the wide blue ocean at midnight for the long run north hoping to use the gulf stream as a boost and boy did we get a boost, most of the time over 9 kts of ground speed.

Sunset off Florida on Tuesday, March 28th.
Sunrise on Wednesday morning.
Dolphins swimming in our bow wave.

A pod of dolphins played in our bow wake for 15 minutes. One of the older ones kept turning on its side and looking up at me as I was looking down at it…I wonder what it was thinking?

Car carrier from Tokyo.

We passed many ships throughout the next 2 days. At Savanna we counted 8 ships waiting for permission to enter the channel.

Side view of car carrier

This baby dolphin kept jumping by our boat.

Huge ship on the ocean.
A passenger

We were about 20 miles out when 2 birds landed on the boat.

2nd little stowaway

The last 6 hours of our trip was rough!! From about 2 pm until we got into Charleston Harbor we bashed into wind and waves. After 3 days on the ocean we had covered about 440 NM which is most of our way back to NC.


Shopping in Antigua

On a quest to find “the cap”. Rich was looking for a cap with sailboats on it. Eventually he found it. Our friend Sue was looking for an outfit for her grandson to match Grandpa Ken. She found it. I was looking for a matching shirt and dress for Rich and I. I was not successful. 🙁  Maybe the next port.

In the Ocean again

We left Lake Worth and headed out the inlet. The channel was very turbulent with tide going out and waves coming it. Once on the ocean it wasn’t much better. The Goose was rolling, pitching and lurching in the ocean waves.  I was in the galley cleaning up after breakfast when suddenly I knew I was in trouble… if you know what I mean. So, up to the cockpit I went for fresh air; it didn’t help. Although we settled into a somewhat steady motion it was too late. I didn’t feel better until 7 hrs later when we were off the ocean in Fort Lauderdale. The Captain did okay, thank goodness.

Brightly colored container ship anchored off Fort Lauderdale waiting to come in.
Fishing boat in front of Fort Lauderdale rolling in the waves.

This fishing boat was rockin’ and rollin’. I’m sure some of the paying “guests” were green like me.

A real banana boat.

Notice the name? It’s the Dole banana boat. In a week I’ll be eating some of it’s cargo!