Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cayman Island Passage

CaymanDSCN9270 Chris headed to the deep blue on Grand Cayman
We crossed the Caribbean Sea in just under 4 1/2 days. We had a couple of days of bouncy stuff near the start that left everyone feeling a little on the rough side. After we all settled into passage mode, things got better. From there on we had nice, light air, close reaching sailing with small seas. All in all, a really pleasant crossing. We stopped mid day twice to swim in the dark blue Caribbean in almost 4,000 feet of water. The trip was tough on sunglasses with two pairs lost, one prescription.
The Caymans are an easy and pleasant check_in, with free moorings. The scuba diving is supposed to be fantastic here. We only did a few snorkels. Nice reef and clear, clear blue water.
We’re off today after we check out to sail past the west end of Cuba, through the Yucatan Passage, over the top side of Cuba and then onto the Dry Tortugas. These are the islands furthest out in the chain of the Florida Keys. We’ll spend a day or so at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, the old Civil War era fort. Then off to Key West to enjoy the US check_in procedure. And then continue on to Ft Lauderdale.

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