Monday, June 17, 2013

Crossing from Puerto Rico to The Bahamas - 5 Days Way Offshore

Saturday, June 8 - Wednesday, June 12

After one night in the marina in San Juan and a fun night out with Keith and Billy, we set sail early Saturday morning.  Luckily we had Billy with us for the crossing because 5 full days in open ocean 200 miles off shore would be really tough for two people alone.

The crossing was pretty calm most days.  We had one day of stormy weather with a few squalls with winds up to 36 knots, but aside from that, the weather was really mild, without much wind.  The little wind that we did have was almost directly behind us, so we had to push our heading further east (further off shore) to keep up some speed.  This prolonged our crossing by a day and a half more than we originally planned, but we managed to make it to the Bahamas by Wednesday evening with just enough fuel, anchoring in Rum Cay just as the sun was setting.

Leaving the harbor in San Juan, Puerto Rico, several US Navy ships docked in the cruise ship area.

We actually caught a few fish during our 5-day crossing!  

Gene preparing to fillet the first mahi that we've caught since January

 Billy caught this huge wahoo.  I think it's almost as tall as he is!

Crazy guys with the wahoo.  We'll have wahoo on the boat for weeks.

Gene reeling in what we think is a big yellow fin tuna... unfortunately, it turned out to be a bonita.

Billy & Gene with the Bonita

Land Ho!  
We arrive in Rum Cay on Wednesday evening around 6:30 pm.

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