Monthly Archives: March 2012

Friday, March 9th

After a leisurely breakfast, we settle our account at Green Turtle Club and prepare Cutter Loose to leave the dock.  Winds have subsided, but are still blowing at 12 knots from the east.  The forecast calls for diminishing winds throughout … Continue reading

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Tuesday, March 6th through Thursday, March 8th

As predicted, strong trade winds dominate the weather picture in Green Turtle Cay for several days.  Trade winds occur when a high pressure dome to the north (aka a “Bermuda high”) moves offshore from the Carolinas and becomes nearly stationary.  … Continue reading

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Monday, March 5th

The wind this morning is out of the NNE at 15 knots, which presents yet another opportunity to sail with the wind on the beam.  Our destination is Green Turtle Cay, 18 miles to the southeast.  A noon departure from … Continue reading

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Sunday, March 4th

Today is a day to remain in our slip at Spanish Cay Marina.  Clear skies in the early morning give way to high clouds at noon.  By early afternoon, clouds thicken and a dark squall line is bearing down on … Continue reading

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Saturday, March 3rd

At 6:30 AM, the single sideband radio aboard Cutter Loose crackles to life with an ominous weather forecast.  The weekend weathermaker is a vigorous cold front making its way across the Florida peninsula.  Winds are expected to strengthen out of the … Continue reading

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Friday, March 2nd

Resisting the urge to sleep in after a long day and a late night, we are up and underway early from Old Bahama Bay at low tide.  From West End, we transit the well-traveled shallow waters of Indian Cay Channel to gain entrance … Continue reading

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Thursday, March 1st – crossing to the Bahamas

The alarm wakes us at 3:30 AM.  At 4:15 AM, the anchor is up at Fisher Island.  In complete darkness, Cutter Loose inches her way towards a right-hand turn into Government Cut.  At 4:30 AM, there is already considerable activity in … Continue reading

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