Ronald McDonald feet

1 Nov

So, the plan was a nice(ish) outside run on moderate seas overnight to Miami. We got out through the channel in Fort Pierce into the ocean and discovered that the swells weren’t the predicted two to four feet, nor were they moderating down as also predicted. Over the morning, they continued to increase. After too many hours bashing rising winds (up to 22 knots), and seas increasing to six to eight feet, we pronounced uncle.

We ducked in off the ocean through the St. Lucie inlet, and are now continuing down the ICW to the north end of Lake Worth. The weather isn’t supposed to moderate for a gulf stream crossing again until later next week, so we are toying with doing the ditch AGAIN or doing a coastal run on Saturday down to Miami and waiting for things to calm a bit. This is why you never cruise/sail with deadlines, as the weather doesn’t care, or follow any predictions.

The harbor master in Vero Beach laughingly told us that the measurements for sea state aren’t measured in standard feet, they are measured in Ronald McDonald feet. How true!

Here is one of the calm moments.

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