We left Port Canaveral, Florida on Easter Sunday morning after we all attended a
Easter Sunday Service on the beach at sunrise. A perfect start to Mojito’s North Atlantic Crossing. Nearly 5000 nm is waiting.
Sunday we had great sailing weather, 15 to 20 knots. We headed straight for the axis of the Gulf Stream, 120 nm off shore. Mojito, for really the first time in her life, spread her wings and boy, did she fly! Her toe-rail was nearly buried in the water. By night fall, we shortened sails as a few squalls was heading our way, as well as some thunder storms.
By Monday the weather closed in fast. We decided to make a run for Beaufort, NC. There was a front forecasted for Wednesday, but as usual the weather had its own agenda. We decided to wait for good weather to round Cape Hatteras. The storm forecasted for Wednesday, & Thursday hid Beaufort with winds in excess of 30 knots and waves 9+ feet in Cape Hatteras area.
All in all had a good run up in the Gulf Stream from Port Canaveral to Beaufort, NC. Total distance covered with some tacking thrown in getting round the shoals at Cape Canaveral, 493 nm. Total hours since 11am, Sunday to 8pm Tuesday, 57 hours. Max boat speed 12 knots, Avg. 8.7kn. Max wind speed 29 knots. Average 15knots. Swell average about 6 feet. Weathered a couple of squalls and wind gusts out of nowhere well.
Mojito is a great boat. Handled the rough water and weather very well. Things went flying at times, even ourselves! My iPad will never be the same again. Scarred for life! The crew did great and is learning fast. Since Sunday “lived” at an angle. We can’t wait to sleep in a stationary flat bed tonight, in the Beaufort Town Dock. Trevor caught a black fin tuna this morning. Had some for sushi for brunch.
Very cold and wet this evening. but having FUN! FUN! FUN!
Take care you landlubbers,