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Crossing Back to the States

As we sailed away from the Abacos, we were escorted across the Little Bahama Banks by a family of dolphins. They played happily in Shibumi's bow wave for about 30 minutes. We always think of dolphins as a sign of good fortune. We were on our way home. So the dolphin sighting made us feel good about crossing the mighty Gulfstream.

This was our eighth ocean passage of this voyage. The weather forecast called for good sailing conditions and moderate seas.

Sailing with us for the crossing were three other ships, Island Star, Windkist, and Seaesta. We all remained within radio range as we sailed overnight in the Atlantic Ocean from Great Sale Cay, Abaco to Fort Pierce, Florida.

Not long into the crossing, the wind strengthened and caused the sea state to become choppy then rough.

We had to slow down to avoid reaching the inlet at Ft. Pierce before daylight. Ft. Pierce has a very straight-forward inlet, but I did not want to enter it in the dark. We furled some sail to delay our arrival. Shibumi sailed between the inlet's channel marker's at first light.

We were securely tied to a mooring ball at Vero Beach 24 hours after we pulled anchor at Great Sale Cay.
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