Nov 16

The Sea Trials

by Adrian in Adventures, Sailing

So the Pako sailing machine has been put through the paces over the last week as we gingerly ventured into the open ocean on our first proper sail from Palm Beach to Miami, down the east coat of the US. Seas and winds were fairly heavy but downwind so we rolled along at a mellow pace.

Nice change of scenery from the murky swamps and gators inland, to the tropical waters, flying fish and dolphins!

The biggest challenge was coming in and out of the large ports of Fort Lauderdale & Miami, as we got dwarfed by gyronormously large cruise ships, US navy gun ships and the moerse megayachts. Wee little Pako held her own but the crew needed a very stiff drink at the end of the day, nerves properly wrecked! We may return alcoholics at this rate

We have been hanging out in Miami for a couple days waiting for favorable conditions for the gulf stream crossing to Bahamas. Tomorrow looks like the day so its an early 3am start… on that note, time to get some rest, adios for now!

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6 Responses to “The Sea Trials”

  1. From saartjie:

    Yay!!! Safe sailing, you two. And A: glad to see you’re growing a mo-vember ‘tache!

    Posted on 16. Nov, 2010 at 9:28 am #
  2. From vanessa:

    wow, go guys! At least no-one will mess with you with Adrian looking like that…scary! (or maybe they will?)

    Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 at 3:53 pm #
    • From Adrian:

      unfortunately the ‘tash’ had to go… the first mate was objecting!

      Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 at 11:11 pm #
      • From Danie hugo:

        Understood, a mutiny before you set sail would prove easier than a mutiny in the middle of the ocean. You had to do what you had to do Adrian!

        Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 at 4:17 am #
  3. From Bev:

    Hi there
    Awesome pics …
    Have you made any contact with Alleycat yet?
    Sail well
    xxx
    Bev

    Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 at 10:03 am #
  4. From Gerrie from Voipmagic:

    Awesome ! That’s the way to go. Best wishes and God bless !

    Posted on 24. Nov, 2010 at 9:01 am #

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